I am sure many of you have seen pictures of a machine harvesting and unloading on the go with another large wagon along side being filled
Tomatoes, potatoes sugar beets, corn, beans, wheat, corn silage, cucumbers, carrots are some common crops with a wagon along side being filled
Well we unload the combine on the go, into a large grain cart, which then goes and unloads corn at the waiting semi and hopper truck in the field, all while the combine continues to keep on harvesting Really makes large acreage harvested each day possible, as the combine does not stop to unload
Well when the grain cart drives along side the combine, the grain cart has to match the speed of the combine The combine may go faster or slow down according to amount of crop, field conditions etc
Well our combine operator is able to take complete control of the speed of the grain cart from the cab of the combine
This really helps to keep the two machines operating at the same speed
Of coarse this app in the combine was not cheap, but the extra acreage harvested has made this app a good ROI
This is all computer controlled and has to be on the same app, but amazing things are accepted as a common thing, more and more every day
We have a soil ripper which can be pre programed to operate at different depths of shank depth in different places in the field An operator unfamiliar with the field can run this machine while the pre programmed computer takes all the guess work out of what depth the machine needs to be operating at
No more head scratching trying to guess what the boss said for this spot or that spot in the field
Just get in, put it in gear and go back and forth with the computer doing the depth control, working width etc
40' 50' 60' etc wide each time is all controlled by computer with no hands on the steering wheel, No over lap wasting fuel working soil twice when going too narrow according to the width of the machine or too wide and missing some places
Our grain drier will unload corn at what ever moisture setting we set it to unload
We can also monitor the grin moisture, rate of unloading dry grain etcc from my lap top in the house on the kitchen table
Not a cheap system to install, but when delivering grain at the end user with no moisture deductions really pays for this system Before we would lose 100 dollars or more per load for moisture deductions With the number of loads we deliver, each yr 100 dollars or more per load really adds up at the end when the bins are empty
It may be hard for some to believe, but 100 dollars per load equals approx 35,000 dollars for moisture deductions which we have mostly got under control with this new drier rate system Before we were losing 35,000 per yr for moisture deductions
Just some things that tech has really made our farm more efficient and profitable
Thanks for sharing the interesting operations of your growing business, Wayne.
Pretty impressive really.
Most of us city folks under appreciate it.