Before harvesting

14.07.2019
Grain Fields

In many parts of Europe, the harvests are about to begin. On the farm, there are many aspects to consider before getting started. GrainSense helps the farmer to make decisions based on knowledge and data. For example, the protein content of wheat can change with the stages of maturity. It is also known that the topography and accumulation of nutrients in the soil vary within a field, causing variation in the protein content. With GrainSense, the farmer knows the properties of their crops in different sections of the field so they can choose when and where to start harvesting. This enables the early planning of harvest based on the crop quality and the moisture levels. 

The crops can be divided into silos in real time based on their protein content. This provides the grain farmer the possibility to sell the crops at a grain marketplace based on their quality and to negotiate better prices from batches of premium grain. Farmers can sell by quality instead of quantity. For the animal farmer knowing the protein content of their grains gives the opportunity to make more accurate feeding plans to maximise the profit and minimise the environmental impact.

No need to mail big samples and wait for days or even weeks for the results. The wireless hand-held device measures the moisture, protein, carbohydrates and oil in just under 30 seconds. The sample size is only 3g so the farmer can make as many measurements as needed with minimum work. Results are saved in the GrainSense application and can be uploaded to a secure cloud database immediately when an internet connection is available. 

When measuring the samples on the fields, the GPS coordinates of the samples are stored as well. After sampling, the farmer can see the properties of all of the sampled crops on their fields in just one look at the GrainSense dashboard. 



References:

Effect of maturity at harvest on yield, chemical composition, and in situ degradability for annual cereals used for swath grazing  C. L. Rosser, P. Górka, A. D. Beattie, H. C. Block, J. J McKinnon, H. A. Lardner, G. B. Penner Journal of Animal Science, Volume 91, Issue 8, August 2013, Pages 3815–3826, 

Nutritive value of whole crop wheat silage harvested at three stages of maturity I.Filya Animal Feed Science and Technology  Volume 103, Issues 1–4, 31 January 2003, Pages 85-95

Prédiction des teneurs en protéines des orges de brasserie avant la moisson Sinnaeve, G. , Dardenne, P. & Falisse, A. Bulletin USAMV-CN 61, 34 (2005).