Native Seedsters, Inc., Announces Its New Line of Native Seed Harvesters

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Increased Speed and Maneuverability Deliver Better Native Grass Seed Collection

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We have improved harvestability of higher-value species with superior seed capture and made recalibration for differing species easier.

Today, Native Seedsters, Inc. introduces three new low-maintenance robust tractor-mounted seed harvesters: NS-Series Models SP 60, NS 2-40 and NS 2-60. Native Seedsters, Inc. has breakthrough patented plucking technology at the forefront of design, to replace conventional combine or stripper methods of seed harvest on many species.

The Native Seedster models feature innovative design to recover a high percentage of the seed of many difficult-to-harvest native grasses and improve seed retrieval from wildflowers and forbs. These species are used for bio-energy; for reclamation of land damaged by mining, highway construction, or fire; or for land restoration to provide forage, wildlife cover, and soil conservation.
“Our new models improve seed harvesting profitability through maneuverability, low operating costs, faster ground speed (up to 5 mph), quick unloading by a bottom drop door and a swift ten minute clean-out,” stated Native Seedsters founder Lee Arbuckle.

“We have improved harvestability of higher-value species with superior seed capture and made recalibration for differing species easier. You can order any of these models immediately,” Arbuckle continued.

The Seedsters plucks seed from the seed head, leaving the rest of the plant intact. This “Seedster advantage” eliminates most of the task of separating seed from chaff that takes time for combine harvesters. Some species can not be harvested at all with traditional combines.
After extensive testing to optimize each of the Seedster components, the new NS-Series models were redesigned to be both lighter and stronger. Each features a streamlined and strengthened bottom drop door for even faster unloading; a high-quality, high-performance metal core brush; a simpler, lighter and more durable combing drum; and improved seed plucking and capture from repositioned brush and comb shafts.

Along with the new models, the company also launched a redesigned website to ease in-depth exploration of the advantages of their patented technology for individual species of grasses and wildflower seed.

About Native Seedsters, Inc.

Native Seedsters, Inc. was born out of Lee and Maggie Arbuckle’s desire to harvest seed from native grass species on the Montana family ranch. They sought to recover seed from some native species as a profitable venture on the ranch. Some species just couldn’t be harvested with a combine.

The innovative Native Seedster was developed as a result of years of family dedication and persistence. Intensive research by the Native Seedsters, Inc. team was funded by the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program and Montana institutions such as the Montana Board of Research Commercialization Technology (MBRCT).

Seedsters are in use throughout the United States. The technology continues to be put to the test and is successfully meeting seed producer’s requirements. The Arbuckles continue to design and test new Seedsters to efficiently harvest the full spectrum of native grass species that nature gave us, and make more native seed available for reseeding for reclamation or for biomass for energy. What other challenging seeds can be harvested with revolutionary Seedster technology remains to be seen.

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