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seed or other lots occurs. Photo 7 shows the composite sample being “docked,” which means it is being run through a small cleaning process that estimates the total clean seed and separates out weed seeds, chaff and other inert material. The resulting “docked sample” provides information necessary

to clean the lot. Dirt samples are retained for two years as reference samples. Seed is first cleaned through five screen Delta cleaners and then by a gravity deck and rice rolls. Each bin that comes off the cleaning line is again sampled, and a mill check is performed to determine whether there is a need for additional or specialty cleaning. Depending on the specific issue, magnetic separators, indent cylinders or spiral separators may be used depending on the special cleaning needs. Following cleaning, a composite sample is taken from the cleaned seed and sent to the seed lab where a registered seed technologist performs a complete purity and germination test. (Photos 8 and 9). If the seed passes and meets Whitetail Institute’s seed quality standards, an official seed analysis report is made, and the seed is then stored in the small seed bins prior to treating, blending and packaging. If it does not pass, the seed is re-cleaned, and the conditioning process and analysis begins again. The last steps are mixing Whitetail Institute blends to the exact percentages that Whitetail Institute research has determined to be optimum to realize all the benefits for a particular product, and then packaging them. Each Whitetail Institute product has exact specifications regarding coating, inoculation and other seed enhancements. Care is taken during each step of the process to ensure customers receive the highest quality Whitetail Institute seed products for their food plot plantings. The packaging process starts with seed being weighed into each bag using a bag scale that has been checked by a certified scale agency for accuracy. Bags are also spot-checked to confirm weight accuracy. After the seed is put in the bag, it drops onto a conveyer belt where the bag is heat-sealed and then placed in a pallet liner prior to being shrinkwrapped for shipment. The care taken during the production and cleaning process ensures that only the highest quality seed is used in Whitetail Institute products. Now you can see why it can take six to eight years or more for a new Whitetail Institute product to go from the idea stage to store shelves. Whitetail Institute’s strict attention to details is the reason why Whitetail Institute products continue to be recognized as the gold standard of the food plot world. We enjoy every aspect of this process especially when we see the great photos and stories you share with us that result from use of Whitetail institute products. We appreciate your continued support and input as we continue to develop food plot products to help you enhance the quality of the deer you hunt. ^

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