Farmers can now monitor their crops on a mobile app during the in-bin drying process. Olds College Centre of Innovation (OCCI) confirms the app is accurate after thorough testing, plus provides recommendations for increased accuracy.   

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Olds College Tests New Grain-drying Mobile App for Farmers

Farmers can now monitor their crops on a mobile app during the in-bin drying process. Olds College Centre of Innovation (OCCI) confirms the app is accurate after thorough testing, plus provides recommendations for increased accuracy. 

In-Bin Drying Monitor App for FarmersTop Grade Ag developed this cost-effective app technology that measures temperature and humidity during the drying process to estimate airflow. The app monitors the moisture during grain drying so farmers know when their crops are ready. This helps farmers dry their crops more efficiently, which means using less energy and lowering overall costs.

OCCI tested the effectiveness and accuracy of the grain-drying app during the 2020 harvest. In-bin drying sensors were installed on four grain bins at the Olds College Smart Farm. The bins were filled with barley and canola harvested from the Smart Farm itself. OCCI conducted numerous tests and trials on the sensors. It also used a variety of additional equipment, such as fans and heaters, to confirm the sensors provided the most accurate measurements. Overall, OCCI completed three drying events and tested close to 15 truckloads carrying around 400 bushels each.

Samples were taken from each truckload of grain before and after the drying process. The samples were tested through a Labtronics Moisture Meter at the Smart Farm and verified by the oven drying method. The starting moisture content and desired target moisture content were both entered into the in-bin drying app.

OCCI determined the in-bin drying sensors are highly accurate. It also was able to provide Top Grade Ag with recommendations to improve its air flow estimations by taking weather changes into consideration. This is a big step forward for agriculture and technology.