Eli Troyer met me at the front of his booth in the Varied Industries Tent at the Farm Progress Show recently. Somehow he figured I would be coming by. I check out the exhibits every year looking for new products and trends. Troyer has a new product he knew I would appreciate. It is also part of a trend I picked up at the show.
One year ago he offered a service through his company, AgriDry, that could send you information about your dryer and bins over your cell phone. You could be in the field harvesting in the combine cab and know what was happening at the grain center.
This year he went one step further. Now you can also respond and change settings if you believe something needs altering on the dryer or bins to do a better job.
More remote monitoring and control of various devices from grain dryers to grain bins and irrigation rigs is becoming more commonplace. It was certainly a trend that emerged after talking to various exhibitors at the show. If you can't control an operation from your tractor cab now, and it's an operation common on many farms, odds are you will be able to in the very near future.
Troyer has been working on grain bin controllers and other aspects of grain preservation for nearly three decades. Ahead of this time when he first began, he was his only employee, trying to convince farmers that they could save money, deliver better grain to the buyer and sleep better at night if they bought automatic controllers to handle aeration and monitor conditions in their grain bins.
It was a tough sell in those days, but not today. Troyer now employs 43 people to work with him in creating and delivering products for the grain industry, primarily to farmers, but also to industry.