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Achieving a successful grain crop requires skilled management throughout the growing season. Greg Trame is Director of Technology Sales at GSI. He says proper grain storage is equally important to protect the quality and value of this crop.

“For years, farmers have climbed the ladder of grain elevators to get in and take samples to check the quality of their stored grain. Today, many farms have replaced it with cable systems, which provide a more efficient way to monitor grain temperature and moisture levels. The real goal here is to quickly detect and respond to any issues to prevent the grain from deteriorating. »

According to Trame, GSI’s new GrainVue grain management system allows farmers to significantly automate the process.

“GrainVue uses the latest digital cable technology to accurately check grain temperature and moisture, as well as give an indication of inventory in the bin. The system can send alerts to farmers on the status of their grain and can automatically control fans and heaters to keep grain in ideal condition.With 24/7 monitoring and remote management using a smart phone, device mobile, desktop or PC, farmers can have peace of mind knowing their grain quality is being protected.Plus, you can have a dedicated person on your farm to manage multiple bins on multiple sites.The result is that farmers can seek higher premiums and get the most out of every bushel they harvest.

The system can also help farmers achieve specific goals.

“Some farmers are harvesting grain at higher than ideal moisture levels for an earlier and more timely harvest. GrainVue can maximize the efficiency of natural air drying by only running fans when outdoor conditions are right, saving energy. With GrainVue and its connected weather station, farmers can set settings to automate fans, turning them off and back on after drying to maximize cooling capacity. This is a task that many farmers now do manually. Automation offers a more convenient solution to save time and energy by only running the fans when needed. The system also has the ability to reheat stored grain to maintain its temperature closer to the outside temperature. The industry standard is to keep the temperature within 10 degrees of the outside air to help prevent condensation inside bins, which can cause grain to spoil.

For more information, farmers can contact their GSI dealer or visit www.grainsystems.com.

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