Best way of Mixing/blending seed.

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
I’ve got some cover crop seed I want to mix and blend together and wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks for getting a good even mix easily? Don’t really fancy doing in the telehandler bucket with a shovel 🤦🏻‍♂️
One of those concrete mixers for the telehandler would be ideal but I’ve not got one so that out the question!

It’s in 200kg lots of seed in 500kg bags, I was thinking of put it into one bag and shake it a bit, will it mix enough? Or would it be better to put it in one bag then drop it into another to try and get a good even mix?

Usually I’ve got it ready mixed or in small bags and just mixed it as I’m tipping it into the hopper.
How do you do it?
Thanks
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
It’s in 200kg lots of seed in 500kg bags, I was thinking of put it into one bag and shake it a bit, will it mix enough? Or would it be better to put it in one bag then drop it into another to try and get a good even mix?

so different seed types in 200kg batches in 500kg totes??

How much in total?

if couple tonne I’d tip on shed floor. Mix it with telehandler and then put it in tote bags of seed bags with seed shoot in base.

By the time it’s run out the bottom of the seed back into seed hopper on drill it will be mixed well
Enough.
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
so different seed types in 200kg batches in 500kg totes??

How much in total?

if couple tonne I’d tip on shed floor. Mix it with telehandler and then put it in tote bags of seed bags with seed shoot in base.

By the time it’s run out the bottom of the seed back into seed hopper on drill it will be mixed well
Enough.
I’ve a couple of different mixes to do to start with, first one will only be about 5-600 kg hence my idea of trying to mix in the bags and save a lot of brushing up.
Second load is about 1.5t so mixing on the floor could be an option. I’ve not really got anything to bag it back up though other than tipping it in a trailer then using the grain shoot which could another option I suppose.
 

Michael S

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Matching Green
I have used tote bins before I got an old feed mixer off Ebay. I think that bags would work similarly to tote bins. Put the correct proportions in one bag and run it through into another bag, ideally not too fast, and repeat a few times. The funneling effect causes the seeds to mix as it flows.

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Banana Bar

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Bury St Edmunds
I’ve a couple of different mixes to do to start with, first one will only be about 5-600 kg hence my idea of trying to mix in the bags and save a lot of brushing up.
Second load is about 1.5t so mixing on the floor could be an option. I’ve not really got anything to bag it back up though other than tipping it in a trailer then using the grain shoot which could another option I suppose.

Floor, shovel, simple. It’s only 2 t.
 

Tomr10

Member
I’ve got some cover crop seed I want to mix and blend together and wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks for getting a good even mix easily? Don’t really fancy doing in the telehandler bucket with a shovel 🤦🏻‍♂️
One of those concrete mixers for the telehandler would be ideal but I’ve not got one so that out the question!

It’s in 200kg lots of seed in 500kg bags, I was thinking of put it into one bag and shake it a bit, will it mix enough? Or would it be better to put it in one bag then drop it into another to try and get a good even mix?

Usually I’ve got it ready mixed or in small bags and just mixed it as I’m tipping it into the hopper.
How do you do it?
Thanks
I guess your fixing adams jd take him mixing it as part payment
 

Simon Chiles

DD Moderator
I’ve got some cover crop seed I want to mix and blend together and wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks for getting a good even mix easily? Don’t really fancy doing in the telehandler bucket with a shovel 🤦🏻‍♂️
One of those concrete mixers for the telehandler would be ideal but I’ve not got one so that out the question!

It’s in 200kg lots of seed in 500kg bags, I was thinking of put it into one bag and shake it a bit, will it mix enough? Or would it be better to put it in one bag then drop it into another to try and get a good even mix?

Usually I’ve got it ready mixed or in small bags and just mixed it as I’m tipping it into the hopper.
How do you do it?
Thanks

If it’s a single hopper drill like the Accord I wouldn’t bother wasting much time mixing it. Even if you chucked it in one seed type at a time it would soon be drilling an even mix. If you think about it it draws the seed down from the middle of the hopper. If it was mine I’d mix a few kgs of seed in the right proportions just so that it started off ok and then just lob in the rest and let it sort itself out.
 

Michael S

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Matching Green
If it’s a single hopper drill like the Accord I wouldn’t bother wasting much time mixing it. Even if you chucked it in one seed type at a time it would soon be drilling an even mix. If you think about it it draws the seed down from the middle of the hopper. If it was mine I’d mix a few kgs of seed in the right proportions just so that it started off ok and then just lob in the rest and let it sort itself out.
I have done this too, just alternate the seed types as you put them in starting in one corner and keep going round the hopper. As Simon says the seed seems to come out evenly, especially if you do a few calibrations before you start.
 

ajd132

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
We generally just Chuck everything we need on a heap on the floor and mix it up with the bucket. Then into a trailer and decant into tonne bags from the chute. We do quite large amounts though.
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
Did the first mix today which was the smaller one, I just weighed every into one bag then dropped it into another then into the hopper. Seems to have mixed it well and quite evenly.
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Next batch is just shy of 2t so may be a floor or bucket mix for that one 🙄
 

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