Rasmussens offer mobile grain cleaning, treating services

Rasmussens offer mobile grain cleaning, treating services

By Lauren Brant

When venturing out on a new business

opportunity, Roger and Toby Rasmussen

chose to help the local farm economy by filling

the demand for grain cleaning and treating.

The Rasmussens, who reside in rural Hay

Springs constructed a mobile operation to

help farmers remove unwanted materials

in the grain like weed seed, chaff, dirt, and

rocks. While the machine sifts out unwanted

materials, it processes up to 750 bushels per

hour. However, to be efficient, the machine

typically processes at 600 bushels per hour.

Rather than discarding the excess grain,

they use it as feed for their hog operation.

Once the crop is cleaned, farmers can treat

the grain to help prevent disease, which can

improve crop yields. The machine is capable

of cleaning wheat, beans, peas, triticale, oats,

barley, corn, millet, alfalfa and many other

grains.

Rasmussen Grain Services became available

to the public last fall with a service area within

a 100 mi. radius of Hay Springs but they are

willing to travel farther, depending on the job.

Their mobile grain treatment and cleaning

system has augers, conveyors, and a cleaner.

It also has the capability to inoculate peas

and beans by using United Grain Solutions

fungicide and insecticide out of Kearney. “We

can take an auger or conveyor if the farmer

doesn’t have one,” said Roger. “But most have

one on hand.”

The process of starting this side business

took about 7 months to gather the necessary

equipment. During the fall season, they

worked through their new system and have

lined up jobs for spring and summer. RGS is

currently working on becoming certified with

the Crop Improvement Association.

Weather is a factor for the operation. To

ensure that the peas are properly treated and

remain fertile once planted, temperatures

should be over 40 degrees. Temperature is

not a factor for other grains. In rare instances,

the crop may also require multiple cleanings

depending on how dirty the grain starts.

Cleaning is a flat rate but treatment prices vary

based on the type and amount of chemical

needed.

Roger Rasmussen purchased the Rasmussen

farm in 1982 and has worked with crops and

animals for over 50 years. Toby grew up in the

area and moved back over two years ago. For

further details on grain cleaning and treating,

contact Roger at (308) 430-1926 or Toby at

(308) 207-5423.

Last modified onTuesday, 24 April 2018 13:54

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