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Perten AM 5200-Farm Grain Moisture Tester

The magic number when it comes to drying corn is 15%. If you’re over or under, it can cost you.

“If you have an old-style tester, it can be a whole 1% off of what the elevator is telling you,” says Scott De Boef, Perten Instruments, Inc. “Overdrying and shrink can cost you 10¢ to 20¢ per bushel per point of moisture.”

You can protect the value of your grain with the Perten AM 5200-Farm grain moisture tester. This new device uses the same technology as the USDA, elevators, and terminals, which means your moisture level will more accurately correspond when you deliver your product.

Filled with features
By knowing the real, accurate moisture content, the AM 5200-Farm helps farmers reduce the risk of mold and toxin growth in stored grain. Additionally, it can test hot grain from the dryer, which means you don’t have to wait for grain to cool. You can hit the optimal moisture value without overdrying, thereby reducing energy usage.

Other features include:

  • A moisture, test weight, and temperature reading in 25 seconds. Simply pour your sample in the top of the device and read the results.
  • An internal memory that will store test results and field and farm names (about 1 million tests can be held in its memory).
  • A USB port for easy export of information.
  • The ability to connect to any grain or farm-management software.
  • Low maintenance. “One of the big advantages is that this device requires less cleaning,” notes De Boef.
  • Annual calibration updates, which are simple and free.

According to the company, the device is farm affordable. “The cost of owning a new technology moisture meter is about $350 per year,” De Boef notes. “Your first 5,000 bushels pay for the yearly cost.”

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