There are a lot of places to collect data on the farm — the tractor, the sprayer, the combine. But what about the grain cart? The move to big carts to match ever-bigger combines helps productivity, but that cart can also add data cloud capabilities, advance reporting tools and sharable information — novel approaches that are making a difference.
About four years ago, Avery Weigh- Tronix introduced Field Foreman, a system for collecting information from the grain cart.
“We’ve rolled out plenty of improvements since then,” says Billy Folkerts, product manager. “We built our own touch screen, and guys like to use it to get reliable harvest information.”
USB sticks move data from cart to computer, where Avery Weigh-Tronix has software to generate reports and information about what was harvested and where the grain went, such as to bins or the elevator.
He notes the company is working on a range of innovations for early 2015. Visit agscales.com.
Hit the cloud
Unverferth rolled out its first version of UHarvest at the 2013 Farm Progress Show. For 2014, the product got an upgrade that lets you generate detailed reports from cart loads.
The system already helps a user manage loads from grain cart to over-the-road truck to balance and manage weight for transport.
The new reporting tool shows you at a glance where your grain went and includes information on final yield. Unverferth says with its moisture sensor and weight system, it offers accurate yield information from the field.
And it can calibrate your combine, too.
Unverferth has teamed up with Raven and its Slingshot cloud. To move information from terminal to cloud storage, you would use your data service on your cellphone or tablet; the UHarvest system would then use Wi-Fi to transfer the information.
Leveraging a system
The Agrimatics system provides software to capture grain cart information. Two companies are marketing a product based on the system — J&M Manufacturing and Central City Scale.
For J&M, the iFarm system can capture and email grain cart information. The system works with iPads and select Android devices. A cloud service is in the works to store that information for easier sharing with others.
“We purchase iFarm from Agrimatics,” says Mitchell Wood, iFarm manager for J&M. “They designed a system custom-tailored for J&M with exclusive options that our customers desire” — an optional moisture sensor and an auto-gate shutoff system.
J&M leaders have united Agrimatics and AgLeader technology for yield monitor sensor technology they say turns their grain cart into a weigh wagon. The cloud service should be ready this fall. Visit jm-inc.com, or circle 123.
Over at Central City Scale, which offers customers a range of weighing and measuring systems, the Agrimatics solution is being marketed as Libra.
“They really paid attention to detail in the design,” says Matt Hawthorne, with information technology and sales at Central City Scale. “Primarily right now, these systems are a way to generate information for Federal Crop Insurance and record weight transactions,” Hawthorne says.
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