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Grain tracking system makes recording data easier

Agriculture.com Staff 05/05/2009 @ 10:00am

Beau Romsey was looking for a new way to record data taken from his harvest. What he found in the Digi-Star Grain Tracking system is the ability to easily download information form the harvest from his cab to his computer through a USB flash drive.

"It is nice to store the information on a thumb drive and put it right on my computer," Romsey says. "It is helpful for crop insurance with being able to say how many bushels were from which field and where they are stored."

The system, which was introduced in February, not only tracks the weight of grain, but also the date and time of harvest, which farm it comes from, where it is being stored, and allows farmers to ensure their trucks aren't overloaded when leaving the field.

Kevin Klubertanz, director of sales and marketing for Digi-Star, says other farmers like the system because it is done in the field. Farmers don't have to go to a weigh station, they can do it all themselves right there. In addition the storing information on the USB Drive, the Grain Tracker makes a printout.

Romsey says he like this system better than a yield monitor because it didn't need to be calibrated as often. "I set this up in September, and kept checking to see if it needed to be calibrated. I never had to change it once," he says.

The Grain Tracker GT 460 retails from $1,985. This newer model allows farmers to name up to 150 fields they harvest, as well pre-load data into the system from the computer. The Grain Tracker system is marketed through Unverferth, Kinze and J&M grain cart dealers.

Beau Romsey was looking for a new way to record data taken from his harvest. What he found in the Digi-Star Grain Tracking system is the ability to easily download information form the harvest from his cab to his computer through a USB flash drive.

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