Shelled corn didn’t arrive on most farms in a big way until the mid-1950s and early 1960s. In a relatively short time, historically, a whole industry has evolved to help farmers store more grain in bigger bins, handle it more easily, keep it in better condition and do it all in safer ways than before. New products introduced for 2021 continue that trend toward making grain management on the farm more convenient and safe.
For example, AGI is introducing a hand-held grain analyzer equipped with Bluetooth technology to move data to your phone or wherever you need it. And this mobile device will capture various parameters for grain quality. The company says it can rival accuracy provided by benchtop spectrometers — that’s a bold statement.
If you’re more worried about storing grain correctly, Chief Industries introduces a new bin floor design for its bins. And Eli Troyer of Steps GMS, a pioneer in grain monitoring for the past four decades, introduces a simple device which can monitor both temperature and humidity in important but often forgotten locations withing your grain bin — specifically, in the headspace above the bin.
Safety doesn’t relate just to avoiding grain bin entrapments. Purdue University Extension ag engineer Bill Field says falls from grain bins, usually from working outside the bin., are also an important cause of farm fatalities and injuries. See what Greene Galvanized Stairs is doing to make it affordable to make accessing elevated areas in your grain system safer. The company introduces a whole new series of stairs for bins. Check out all the offerings provided here.