Effective date : Year of fee payment : 4. An apparatus for harvesting the seed of native plant species with a cam mechanism that increases the zone of controlled brushing from a point of contact between the rotating brushes and combs to a four-inch span over which the rotating combs remain perpendicular to the surface of the brush while following an arc path nearly concentric to that of the brush shaft. The comb assembly consists of a belt stretched around a plurality of wheels and evenly spaced combs attached to the belt by a plurality of bars. The comb assembly pivots so that the distance between the rotating combs and rotating brushes can be adjusted to achieve maximum yield for a particular species.
Better native grass seed harvester created
Our New Mechanical Seed Harvester | The Prairie Ecologist
Our Hand Held Seed Harvester HHSH was developed for use in rugged terrain, ecologically sensitive areas and seed nurseries; letting you harvest the seeds you need, with little environmental impact. Weighing only 17 lbs 7. Powered by a low maintenance, fuel efficient 2 cycle gas engine, they are portable, durable and trouble free. If you can walk there, you can harvest seed or plant material with a HHSH. They will even strip leaves and flowers of medicinal and edible plants. The heavy duty "ripper" head shown here cuts and harvests the tops off tough headed species such as Echinacea, Black-eyed Susans, Sunflowers and Compassplant. The medium reel harvests a wide variety of warm and cool season grasses, legume and other wildflower seed.
Prairie Habitats Inc.
Montana rancher and inventor Lee Arbuckle and his wife, Maggie -- with the help of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University -- have developed a native grass seed harvester. Arbuckle's invention can handle many species, but excels with difficult-to-harvest seed. Rather than cutting the grass with the seed head attached like a combine, Arbuckle's Native Seedster skips the separation process and "plucks" the seed, Arbuckle said. The plucking is accomplished with a spinning brush and combing drum.
There are quite a number of grass species throughout the world. Humans have selected a few of them rice, wheat, etc for agricultural production probably because of their ease of harvest, or other beneficial attributes. But, if we consider the world around us, it is often the case that adapting ourselves to the environment seems to be harder for us then adapting the environment to suit our needs. Part of creating a low impact future is reversing that trend by looking to see what is local, what is native, and what has managed to survive.