Monitor Maximizes Stored Grain

January 21, 2009 06:00 PM
 

Jeanne Bernick, Top Producer Crops & Issues Editor
 
Of the average farmers who have storage, only about 5% have monitoring systems, says Bruce Scott, COO for Integris, USA. "There are a lot of producers who are missing out on maximizing the value of stored grain because they don't utilize an advanced grain management system,” Scott says.
 
The Integris advanced grain management system helps produces make sure they are aerating grain with the right amount of air, and monitors temperature and moisture content. Just by preventing overdrying, for example, producers can reduce shrink and spoilage.
 
"It helps you become a better grain manager and more confident in your storage capabilities,” Scott says.
 
The Integris system is based on digital sensor technology located in the bins measuring humidity and temperature. The grain monitor system also utilizes a weather station outside the bin to take the outside temperature and relative humidity. Based on these sets of data, the system can control fans, heaters and ventilation to make sure grain is being conditioned at the proper equilibrium, Scott says.
 
Alarms are also available to provide advanced warning if the grain moisture or temperature goes out of a set range.
 
The system can be set up with wireless data transfer from bins to a farm computer, Scott says, and Integris can provide wireless monitoring across multiple bin sites within a 20 mile radius.
 
 

 
You can email Jeanne Bernick at jbernick@farmjournal.com.
 

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