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Store identity-preserved grains

Storing identity-preserved (IP) grain can be an organizational challenge compounded by the physical challenges of inadequate storage space. Westeel introduces the SeedStor-K, a hopper-bottom bin designed with a bottom cone that can be shipped flat and assembled on site. Westeel promotes the bins as ideal for IP storage or storage of higher-density crops such as durum and peas. The company also claims the bins are easy to clean out because they have no internal stiffeners, which can lead to fungal growth or insect migration. The bins can hold up to 11,200 bu. and are tested to 50% overload to ensure against structural failure. Options include a removable hopper-to-ground ladder. Price not established at press time. Contact Westeel Ltd., Dept. FIN, 803 25th St. N., Fargo, ND 58102, 800/472-4624,

Validate tracking

These days it's important not only to track your identity-preserved crops, but also to validate that the tracking was done correctly with no mistakes. This can be a tall order for even the most organized farmer.

, an online crop monitoring and certification company, and Pike Management Group (PMG), an ag consulting agency, are now teaming up to help farmers fill this order. The two companies will assist clients with crop management, validation and certification of crop growth processes. The companies will also develop joint marketing and promotional programs.

With CropVerifeye, farmers can prove and verify crops for contracts using an online database. PMG offers AgCoach, a system that matches producers with trained coaches to offer advice, mentoring and information. The agreement between the two companies will also allow them to expand into international markets.

Producers can sign up on the Web site at Cost averages $3 to $4.50/acre for corn and $2 to $3/acre for soybeans. Contact CropVerifeye, Dept. FIN, 111 Whittier, Suite 140, Wichita, KS 67207, 866/639-2767.

Redesigned augers

Brandt Industries has redesigned its 10-in. augers (in 60- and 70-ft. lengths) to offer more capabilities than before. The augers feature a scissor lift replacing the A-frame to provide greater reach and lower maintenance. The improved swing-away assembly has a totally sealed and flexible transition area and a heavier gear box. Price: $5,950 for the 60-ft. model and $6,150 for the 70-ft. model. Contact Brandt Industries Ltd., Dept. FIN, 13th Ave. & Pinkie Rd., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 3A1, 306/525-1314,

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