On my last post, Xander commented on the bucket I was using to winnow radish seed. The bucket in question in one of the 2011 additions to my seed cleaning arsenal. Here a few shots of this bucket in action:
Restricting seed and chaff flow rate
I use this modified bucket to restrict the amount of material falling at once and pour a steady stream of material in front of the winnowing fans.
I used an old wooden field marker as the bar and fixed it in place with duct tape. This works better on a bucket with straight sides.
Usually the material flows easily through the gap. Sometimes the chaff gets stuck and blocks the flow.
Increasing flow rate
I use a finger to dislodge any stuck material.
Decreasing flow rate
If on the other hand material is going through too quickly, I use my hand to hold some of the chaff back. I might also do this if the chaff threatens to pour over the bar instead of under!
Anybody have any equally handy high-tech seed cleaning equipment?
Also, happy new year!