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Simple grain bag unloading

Neeralta Manufacturing at Neerlandia, north of Edmonton, Alta., has this year introduced a new grain bag extractor, that not only unloads nine- to 12-foot wide grain bags but also wraps and ties the plastic into a handy bale for easy disposal — all in one easy operation.

The new extractor is available in both trailer and three-point — hitch models, says John Wierenga, who looks after sales and marketing for the family owned manufacturing business.

“It is the same machine, but is available in two transport models depending on a farmer’s needs,” he says. “Each unit comes with a self-contained hydraulic pump and reservoir, so it is easily handled by a 90-horsepower tractor. It doesn’t take much power to run it.”

The extractor that works with nine-, 10- and 12-foot-diameter bags can load a truck at up to 150 bushels per minute. A short video on the company website at www.neeralta.com shows how the machine operates.

“A unique feature of this extractor is the plastic wrapping mechanism that is all part of the extraction machine,” says Wierenga. “You don’t have to buy a separate bag wrapper, or come back later after a bag is empty, and may be all wet and muddy. With this machine you put the auger into the face of the grain of an open bag and as the grain is moved into a truck, the machine automatically wraps the plastic and ties it with baler twine.”

Once the plastic is wrapped, the hydraulic spool holding the bundle opens, the plastic bale rolls down a conveyor, gently dropping into the bed of a pickup truck. “It is a very slick operation and there is virtually no cleanup afterward,” says Wierenga. “The bag is gone and you may have four or five pails of grain to pick up. It is very clean.”

The extractor and wrapper can handle up to a 300-foot-long grain bag. Each unit also features an auger with adjustable height, and the unloading auger has a swivel spout. Trailer models also feature hydraulic drive wheels and hydraulic steering.

The extractor units, that retail for $39,900, compliment the Neeralta grain-bagging system that was introduced a few years ago. The company makes 10- and 12-foot-wide grain baggers, which feature a self-contained 14-inch swing auger. Each unit has a hopper for unloading a combine or grain cart directly into the bagger, or the swing auger can be rolled out in a couple minutes to reach under a truck with a hopper bottom.

For more information on the extractor or grain-bagging system visit the company website. †

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Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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