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
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
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