RAM Farms operates a portable seed treater to service the Kansas and surrounding plains states.
If you are going for high yields one of the first in several steps is treating your seed to help in the development of a robust and deep reaching root system ,and keeping the plant healthy in the early stages. We run a LPX 2000 automated USC portable treater. This enables us to clean and treat at the same time or simply treat the wheat.
The LPX 2000 Automated portable seed treater using the lastest in seed treating technology. The treater uses a Mass Flow meter that is the most accurate on the market for precise application. We have two stainless steel tanks that allow us to mix different rates. The treatment incorporates an insecticide and three fungicides to deliver protection that moves within the plant tissues and protects against damage caused by aphids, wireworms and early season Hessian fly. It also provides early season protection against Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Fusarium, root rots, smuts, and early season powdery mildew and leaf rusts. We are also playing around with micronutrient packs, humic acids, and other forms of secondary seed treatments in our high yield management systems. I would encourage farmers to take a look at treatments to understand what they are, and what might best fit their own farm. Treatment costs of $3.75 a bushel but provides an average yield gain of 3.2 bushels per acre and as much as 10 to 15 bushels per acre in years when disease and insect pressure is high or in higher yield environments. With the price of wheat at $4.50 per bushel and a very solid proven gain of 3.2 bushels per acre, this figures a net return of $10.65 per acre.
RAM Farms, located in western Kansas is a mobile certified seed cleaning and seed treating business. RAM
Farms, Inc. is an entity made up of Rick, Alec, and Matt Horton. One of the services offered is the convenience of
on-farm certified seed cleaning in Kansas. When the first seed cleaner was built in 2003, it was evident this was a
service that was needed; farmers really appreciated that the unit was able to come to their location to clean their
wheat when they were ready, instead of hauling it to town and waiting in lines.
The cleaning process consists of two parts: the air screen cleaner and the length graders. As the wheat enters the machine, it travels through an air screen where it is hit with air to filter light debris. It then moves to the scalper screens to remove larger material. Following this, it runs over the sizing screens where small and broken berries are sized out. Finally, it is hit with air one more time as it leaves the first stage. The second stage is the length graders. This machine separates based on length. Joint grass, small sticks and white caps that made it through the first cleaner are removed here to deliver a final, clean product. Since 2003, two more portable seed cleaners have been constructed tailored to the specific needs of Kansas and the surrounding area. The newest cleaner, built in 2009, can clean up to 800 bushels per hour. Both cleaners are comprised of Crippen air screens and a set of Crippen length graders. One was designed and built in 2004 and the second one in 2009. The main difference between the two is that the one built in 2009 is roughly 200 bph faster, with all six of its length graders set up for removal of the longs (jointgrass), where the 2004 cleaner's length graders have the ability of removing the longs and the shorts (buckwheat). Both cleaners are entirely self-contained and are set up for meeting certified seed standards. They both efficiently remove small broken kernels, cheat, brome, buckwheat, and jointgrass. The ‘cleanings’, consisting of the cracked/small berries, chaff, and other unwanted material, are separated out during the seed cleaning process and these remain with the farmer to haul to the elevator and sell.
If you are interested in having seed cleaned this summer or have additional questions, contact: