Each year more grain producers turn to storing grain in bags as a popular way for temporary storage, but a big problem remains once the grain is removed – what do you do with the grain bag? Recycling can be an option, but the bags need to be relatively clean and sometimes stored away for a long period of time.
That job of recycling has become easier with the introduction of the Neeralta grain bag extractor with a winder/roller built into the extractor.
“This winder pulls the plastic up high so it sheds all the dirt and the snow,” said Rob Wierenga, with Neeralta Manufacturing. “The result is a plastic roll that is extremely tight and recycle ready and free of all debris and snow.”
It can handle up to a 12-foot diameter bag that is 500 feet long, he said, and drops the rolled-up bag in the back of a pick-up truck.
“That’s probably the number one feature,” said John Wierenga, also with Neeralta Manufacturing. “We are an all-in-one process. We can extract, take the grain out of the bag and then we don’t have to come back on site with a separate bag roller, because the bag roller is incorporated into the machine.”
The extractor’s hydraulic drive wheels move it forward into the bag, which helps prevent the plastic from ripping. When the operators want to remove the plastic bale, the center of the spool is hydraulically retracted and the spool falls onto a conveyer.
The operations of the grain extractor are controlled by a handheld wireless remote and control station on the machine. The handheld remote controls five functions on the machine: the plastic winder, drive wheels, conveyor up and down (used for dumping the plastic spools, auger up and down and spout left and right) for complete control.
Seven functions are controlled by the hydraulic levers on the grain extractor: folding the auger, the winder, drive wheels, tipping the machine into transport mode, auger up and down, bag dump and the elevator that is used to lower the plastic spools.
The extractor, according to John Wierenga, moves 8,000-9,000 bushels in an hour and loads a grain trailer in 10-12 minutes.
To help keep trucks away from the bag when emptying the grain bags, the extractor is designed with a longer auger than some competitors have. To run the grain extractor at optimum speed, a tractor with at least 100 horsepower and hydraulic flow of 26 gallons per minutes is required.
For people who have cleaned up mounds of plastic after grain bags have been emptied, this is not an insignificant selling feature. The best way to deal with a mess is to avoid making it in the first place.
Neeralta Manufacturing also makes a grain bagger for filling the grain bags. They have been offering bagging machines since 2008, but the extractor and bag roller were recently introduced to the market. They are manufactured in County of Barrhead, Alberta, Canada.
More information on this product line is available on their website – www.neeralta.com.