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About this book
About this book
Seed conditioning is a vital part of the technology needed to move higher-yielding, cost-effective improved genetic materials from the plant breeder to the farmers who must produce food for the rapidly expanding world population. This book is a follow-on, major update to bring together, in a logical sequence, present knowledge - both old and new - of seed conditioning, to help seed managers, specialists, and conditioning operators reduce loss of good seed while improving seed quality and honing the efficiency of their operations.
Seed Quality Supplying High Quality Seed Role and Principles of Seed Conditioning Handling Bulk Seed Receiving Raw Seed Determining Conditioning Requirements and Lab Mode Cleaning Seed Moisture Drying Seed Moving Seed in Conditioning Bucket Elevators Airlift Elevator Conveyors Surge or Hopper Feed Bins Extracting Vegetable Seed Precleaning and Scalping Debearder Brush Machine Scarifier-Huller Corn (Maize) Shelle Decorticator Cottonseed Delinting Peanut (Groundnut) Sheller Basic Cleaning--Air-Screen Cleaner Length Separators Gravity Separation Stoner Width and Thickness Grading Roll Mill Magnetic Separator Color Sorter Aspirators and Pneumatic Separators Spiral Separator Draper (Inclined Belt) Separator Table Separator Picking Tables or Belts Vibrator Separator Friction Separator Buffel Grass Seed Cleaners Buckhorn Machine Timothy Bumper Mill Horizontal Disk Separator Horizontal Blower Separator Brine and Flotation Separations Needle Cylinder Separator Dockins Separator Electrostatic Seed Separator Resilience Separator Polisher Installing Conditioning Machines Controls and Control Systems Operating and Monitoring Machines Seed Treating Seed Coating and Pelletizing Dehumidified Drying Bagging-Weighing Weighing Forming Clean Seed Lots Vaporproof Packaging Handling Cleaned Seed Cleaning Sequence Small-Scale and Portable Seed Cleaning Designing a New Conditioning Line Mobile Cleaning Facilities Seed Priming
Dr. Bill Gregg has managed seed conditioning programs, done research on development and design of machines, helped manufacturers of equipment, written operation and maintenance manuals, trained managers and operators, and helped design and install many seed plants in several countries. Gary Gillups is President of Crippen International which has installed seed plants in all continents except Antarctica. The level of technology provided ranges from simple portable equipment to large fully-automated conditioning plants for organizations ranging from small-to-large private companies to governments and international agencies.