The story "How to Build A Special Market for Soybeans" in the May issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer was accurate, except for the piece of equipment identified as an A.T. Ferrell machine in the center photo. That was a different machine, built by a different company.
We apologize for any inconvenience to A.T. Ferrell, and the maker of the sorter shown in the photo. A.T. Ferrell makes the Clipper brand cleaner which was inadvertently not shown in the story.
Gary Reding, a Master Farmer, Greensburg, actually holds the patent on the machine shown in the story picture, the ASI 4000. ASI stands for Advanced Sort Industries. Reding and Mike Biehle, Seymour, operate that business.
The shape sorter allows Ramon Louck, owner of IMO Grain, Inc., Portland, to process 525 bushels per hour, even though the machine is only rated at 375 bushels per hour, Reding says. He notes it's not often that a machine performs better than the company claims that it performs.
Here's how the machines work together to properly clean and size seed.
First, the Clipper machine built for Louck by A.T. Ferrell sorts off extraneous material and sorts by size. Then a color sorter catches discolored seed, such as seeds affected by purple seed stain disease, Reding continues. After passing through the color sorter the seed enters the ASI 4000, which sorts by shape.
The goal is to retain properly shaped, round beans for shipment to preferred markets around the world.
The advantage of his machine, Reding says, is that it can sort by size while allowing only a minimal amount of good seed to wind up in the clean-out portion. In fact, he insists that as little of 2% of good seed winds up in the discard portion after going through his machine. With some competitive processes, the amount of good seed sorted out and wasted is much higher, he notes.
You can learn more about the ASI 4000 at www.beltsorter.com, or by calling Reding at 812-216-9434.