THE NEW Shore model 920 moisture tester arrived at my farm in a portable metal case. The meter system has a simple all-metal design that includes a grain cell, scale and the meter device itself. Controls consist of just four buttons and an LCD digital readout. Simplicity is good.

The manual explains that the Shore 920 attains very high accuracy levels comparable to commercial-quality moisture testers. After putting it through its paces on my own grain and double-checking it at the elevator, I found this claim to be largely true. It was just a half point off from the reading at the elevator. I learned I could count on that consistency nearly every time.

The company claim that samples above 100°F or below 40°F would take a maximum of 25 sec. wasn't fully supported by my experience. I found hot samples took an average of 30 to 40 sec. That's still not bad, and it beats waiting for the grain to cool or messing with paper conversion tables. The bottom line: This meter has the kind of accuracy I need. The price at $768 seems like a good deal.

For more information, contact Shore Sales Co., Dept. FIN, 1112 Enterprise Dr., Rantoul, IL 61866, 800/837-0863, visit www.shoresales.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 200.