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Old 03-04-2018, 05:20 PM   #1
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Has anybody come up with a good way to fill baskets with bulk cottonseed? I'm about to throw in the to towel and go to bagged cottonseed.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:33 PM   #2
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Has anybody come up with a good way to fill baskets with bulk cottonseed? I'm about to throw in the to towel and go to bagged cottonseed.
Front end loader to fill back of pickup truck. Pull up next to basket and fill with grain shovel.
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:38 PM   #3
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Just dump in a pile on the ground. No shoveling into feeder required. We use to dump it in 5 ton piles to feed cows, it didnít rot or grow before it would all be eaten and it would take a couple months.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:41 PM   #4
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We just use a plastic trash can. Pull the trailer up fill the plastic can, dump in feeder, repeat
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:33 PM   #5
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Fill tractor bucket drive to station and scrape it into baskets. No shoveling required.

Or just shovel it all it’s not that bad
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:35 PM   #6
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There was a company at some point selling a feed wagon that would blow corn, protein and cotton seed. Kind of like a feed wagon but without the air lock system. It was a round bin and a leaf blower type system. Does any one know who that was? Oklahoma I think.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:20 PM   #7
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As expensive as bagged CS is, I couldn't imagine paying that price when it is semi-light and a grain shovel makes quick work out of it. But I guess some folks have more money than shoveling drive..

I used a grain shovel from a bed of my truck to the top of the tote frame. If my big arse can shovel 1200 lbs per feeder and have little issue, I'd think most folks could handle it on the smaller wire feeders..





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Old 03-05-2018, 09:23 PM   #8
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Harbor freight sells the grain shovels
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:34 PM   #9
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Harbor freight sells the grain shovels

Yup....$17.50 with the 20% off coupon.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:38 AM   #10
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We use the big feed shovels and fill the back of a truck. the best would be a front end loader but we don't have access to one of those.
We have 4 hoops in each protein feeder pen and a truck full will fill these 4 hoops.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:11 AM   #11
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As expensive as bagged CS is, I couldn't imagine paying that price when it is semi-light and a grain shovel makes quick work out of it. But I guess some folks have more money than shoveling drive..

I used a grain shovel from a bed of my truck to the top of the tote frame. If my big arse can shovel 1200 lbs per feeder and have little issue, I'd think most folks could handle it on the smaller wire feeders..





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When you have 75 baskets to fill, shoveling gets old...
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:56 AM   #12
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I feel your pain,(actually my left elbow does) as I have been feeding my cows cottonseed for several months now using the primitive method. I shovel the seed into molasses tubs, and haul the tubs to feed troughs in the pasture.

I think you need to look into a feed wagon with a chain type discharge. Everything I have read says the augers don't really work with WCS. Maybe some of the farmers or dairy guys can chime in with some better first hand knowledge. Either way, you would still need a FEL to fill the wagon from a bulk laydown area.

This looks like a good deal:
https://www.auctiontime.com/listings...elly-ryan-5x14

or if you have really deep pockets:
http://www.schulermfg.net/?q=Better-Feeder-Wagons

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Old 03-06-2018, 10:39 AM   #13
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When you have 75 baskets to fill, shoveling gets old...
Depends on how many hunters are filling the 75
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:21 PM   #14
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When you have 75 baskets to fill, shoveling gets old...
Sounds like a participation problem..
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:00 PM   #15
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We have 32 to fill and the feed shovel is still the best option
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:36 PM   #16
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Where are ya'll buying bulk in South Texas? Close to Encinal?
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:35 PM   #17
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As expensive as bagged CS is, I couldn't imagine paying that price when it is semi-light and a grain shovel makes quick work out of it. But I guess some folks have more money than shoveling drive..

I used a grain shovel from a bed of my truck to the top of the tote frame. If my big arse can shovel 1200 lbs per feeder and have little issue, I'd think most folks could handle it on the smaller wire feeders..





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Is that an F150? Iím getting my first truck bed load next week. Curious how many bulk pounds fit in a 5.5í bed F150
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:50 AM   #18
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Short bed F350 with a 1.5í deep truck toolbox. Basically leaves me 5í of bed. I got 1500 in it the other day. It was rounded off, above my sides and was a pita with the tarp compared to the load pictured above where it was flat and the same height as my sides ......but I made it work.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:27 AM   #19
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I can get 1100 lbs in my 5.5ft ram bed trampled down evdn with the rails.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:41 AM   #20
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Short bed F350 with a 1.5í deep truck toolbox. Basically leaves me 5í of bed. I got 1500 in it the other day. It was rounded off, above my sides and was a pita with the tarp compared to the load pictured above where it was flat and the same height as my sides ......but I made it work.


Forgot to mention, the PITA with the overload was the corn bags we laid on the tarp to keep it down. On my rocky lease roads it kept wanting to slide off. (Worked great at bedrail level though) And the crew cab was too full to put the corn back in the cab once we got in the gate. Other than that the travel was easy. That being said if I had to travel any distance, I would keep it at bed rail level tamped down and hopefully get 1100-1200 lbs in it
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:50 AM   #21
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Unless you use a tractor to dump it in piles on the ground, shoveling is really the only option for bulk cottonseed. We shovel it into 55 gallon trash cans and dump it into our baskets. It's a great work out but I'm pretty sore after doing about 30 feeders in a weekend. I do have a tip for you fellas using the grain/snow shovels: try using a pitch fork. It goes in easier than the shovel and the cottonseed clumps together and doesn't fall between the forks. We use shovels and pitch forks but everyone's always fighting over the pitch forks because it's a bit easier on you.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:53 AM   #22
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Here's the type of forks we use.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:32 PM   #23
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When you have 75 baskets to fill, shoveling gets old...
Too many baskets. You need larger bulk stations where you can just dump 2-5 tons at a time in a big pen. That's how we did it on big country.
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