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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 20, Number 3 (1969) Seed Cleaning Equipment for Removing Pulp from Black Cherry

Seed Cleaning Equipment for Removing Pulp from Black Cherry

In 1968, it was evident that a sizeable crop of black cherry seed was developing. Faced with the job of cleaning seed from most of the plus tree selections in the Black Cherry Seed Orchard Program, we constructed a motor-driven machine to clean the black cherry seeds. Removing pulp from black cherry fruit is desirable when storing large quantities of seed. Pulp removal also facilitates handling of the seed, and increases and speeds up germination. A food mill has been used in the past for cleaning small seedlots (up to 2,000 seeds) at the Forestry Science Laboratory, Warren, Pa. This method works well for small seed lots, when the fruit is fully ripened. About 2 lbs. of fruit can be cleaned in a single "batch" using this equipment. Depending upon the ripeness of the fruit, it takes about 30-40 minutes to process a single batch of fruit, using the food mill. The worker is continually occupied during this time either turning the crank or rinsing the pulp from the seeds under a stream of water.

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Author(s): Donald E. Dorn, Virgil Flick

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 20, Number 3 (1969)

Volume: 20

Number: 3