What is in this article?:
- Bullseye controller for grain bins earns thumbs-up
- 2008 crop
- 2009, 2010 crops
- Bullseye benefits
The Bullseye controller from AgriDry was put to the test on Team FIN member Paul Gervais' Minnesota farm. Gervais reports on how the Bullseye controlled the moisture of his grain bins year by year.
2009, 2010 crops
The 2009 harvest presented its own set of drying challenges, including immature, high-moisture crops combined with cold temperatures and high humidity. Because of these conditions, I started harvesting at higher moisture, beginning at around 29%. Due to an extremely wet and rainy October, almost all of my corn was harvested in November.
Because of a broken belt in the grain leg that takes the dry corn from our dryer, I decided to finish harvest by dumping some 19% corn on the top of my last bin. By using the Bullseye capabilities, I was able to lower the moisture in the top of the bin without over-drying the bottom. It was the slowest and the most costly corn-drying season I have ever had.
The 2010 corn harvest was one like I have never seen. The harvest started in early October and I never had a rain delay during the entire harvest. The crop was in beautiful condition, starting at around 18% moisture, so I bypassed my dryer and dumped our entire crop directly into the bins. By using the controllers, I was able to run my fans only when conditions were optimal, thus reducing electrical and overall maintenance costs.