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Old 10-29-2008, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought it might be interesting to find out: 1. What your local seed cleaning rates are for wheat, barley, oats, peas. 2. Are they portables or bricks and mortar. 3. Do they charge different rates for separations eg. barley or ergot out of wheat, as compared to a straight cleaning job. Please state your approximate location, it's not always clear.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think what Larry is looking for here is a range of what is charged for seed cleaning in your area.
At the Three Hills Seed Cleaning Plant we clean wheat, barley, peas and rye.
We also do separations of mixed grains, ergot etc.
If you would share your seed cleaning prices it would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Let me state up front that my reply will sound evasive. Its not intended to be that way, but it may sound that way for good reason. "here", in the willamette valley oregon, a lot of seed, mainly small seeds like grass seed and small seed legumes are raised and the seed cleaning business is an essential part of our business. Not a lot of grain is sent to cleaners "here".

Years ago, there was a.............uh..............big F up known as ABT. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...s_/ai_59986358 This scam/scandle, etc., struck a vital nerve with the seed growing community. Many new "backyard" cleaning facilities went up over night, and most continue to do business within the zoning laws of oregon. This is good news for the grower, but not so good news for the cleaning industry. Prices for cleaning have gone from a set, advertised price to a private quote to each individual not to be disclosed to anyone.

So,... though I cant tell you what I pay for cleaning grass, I can only give you an advertised price of about 6 cents/pound inweight. Clovers, usually needing a few extra steps, through different machines, has been advertised at 10-11 cents/pound inweight. These prices are for a brick/morter facility capable of cleaning most grains and seeds, and have large inbound storage capacity. Most of the grass cleaners are smaller, though permanent, facilites that specialize, and may even in some cases, only clean grass. These are usually farmer owned/operated facilites with very little inbound storage, and in some rare cases charge on the clean weight.

Are you thinking about putting up a cleaner?
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got a seed cleaner, a permanent setup, used for my own cleaning needs. I have cleaned wheat for others for $1.50/50 lb unit (finished product). Next year's price will be $2.00/50 lb unit.

Located in Mississippi.
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very interesting background and article. I also find your comment about good for the grower not so good for the industry interesting. We operate at our cooperative in central Alberta that what is good for the grower can also be good for the seed cleaning plant. Our rates are advertised for the general public, at $.45 per bushel for shareholders more for non shareholders. Mostly cereals go through our plant, very few if any grasses. As you can see by my reply I'm not setting up a plant, just wanting to get some feedback from other places.
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oats/wheat/barley = $0.30/bu locally.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Doorknob that ABT article brings back excruciating memories, 100's of thousands lost do to that fiasco. my neighbor got a check in the mail 2 weeks before abt filed and sent it back due to the fact he didnt want to claim it that year for taxes!! he ended up with no income.


Oh well,

In a few words the industry here in oregon is very much a private one on one contract, not a lot of coops still cleaning here either
we have 5 customers we clean seed for as well as our own seed and we charge 5 different rates, usually less for perennial ryegrass and more for fescues.

~ $0.05/lb Perennial clean out
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a local guy with a portable cleaner. He just does seed wheat. He is $.57/clean bushel before August 20, and $.60/clean bushel after, set up at your location, 300 bu minimium. He does a good job.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes hillcofeller that ABT scam was a huge black eye on the entire ag industry IMO. When wall street can get away with something like that, it makes it no wonder anymore how oj got away with murder.

Trend is to charge based on an agreed upon cleanout average. We did the math and it pencils (for us) to run at a small loss to get the cleanout average agreed upon with the combine.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ah ABT, That was a fun ride wasn't it? I'm afraid though that Abt debacle will pale compared to what we are about to face. I am a bit uneasy to say the least right now.
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