In the Field
Indicators are versatile production tools used in many feed and grain applications, providing everything from data management and inventory supervision to process control. For example, utilizing indicator and software solutions for a grain cart weighing system can prevent overloading of delivery trucks, which, in turn, eliminates the risk of overload fines. With road limit regulation enforcement getting stricter, it is important for operators to track a truck’s contents and gross weight. Prior to harvest, operators can enter tare and target gross weights of each delivery truck to ensure the truck’s weight remains within the legal gross weight. The custom software then indicates when the truck has reached capacity. Truck tickets can also be quickly printed for on-hand proof of loads. This combination allows operators to automate their system to send an output signal that can control any electric equipment, such as auger wagon gate.
Another example where indicators can improve overall process efficiency is supplying quality feed on a dairy farm or feeder operation. This is one of the largest expenses associated with operating a dairy farm, and many operators do not have a sufficient system in place to monitor inventory. When inventory is not carefully accounted for, these farms can experience thousands of dollars in excess expenses each year. Therefore, implementing an indicator solution that manages and stores precise, reliable inventory data can aid in pinpointing areas where these additional costs arise, allowing operators to adjust operation processes to minimize loss.
Finding methods for maintaining product quality without impacting productivity remains a crucial concern for the agricultural industry. Further, these applications will only continue to move faster as automation expands. Therefore, selecting the proper indicator solution that promotes efficiency and productivity can quickly become a cornerstone for operation improvement. Plus, by providing awareness of production costs, indicators can aid operators in making profitable production decision in times of volatile commodity prices.