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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 57, Number 2 (2014) Assembling Seed Moisture Testers, Seed Dryers, and Cone Dryers From Repurposed Components

Assembling Seed Moisture Testers, Seed Dryers, and Cone Dryers From Repurposed Components

Accurately determining seed moisture and efficiently drying seeds, cones, and fruits is a critically needed capacity for seed management. In this article, instructions are provided to make a moisture test chamber for easily assessing seed moisture content with a handheld hygrometer. In addition, instructions are given for assembling pressurized dryers for seeds, cones, and fruits. By using repurposed materials, cost and assembly time are minimized and assembly requires only basic mechanical skills and simple tools. Because of the size of the components used, the dryer is best suited to small seed lots weighing less than 100 lb (45 kg). Basic instructions for using the hygrometer, test chamber, and dryer are also provided. Portions of this article were published previously in Karrfalt (2013).


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Author(s): Robert P. Karrfalt

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volumes 57, Number 2 (2014)

Volume: 57

Number: 2

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