This year looks to be heading for another difficult, catchy harvest which will once again put pressure on grain handling, drying and storage systems on many farms.

However, new grain handling developments on show at Cereals 2013 next week aim to help streamline these operations.

Mobile dryers are becoming ever popular and a new name in this sector is Agrex, which are being introduced from Spain by Ryetec. Agrex PRT portable dryers come in 7.5t, 12t, 20t and 25t sizes, while the 30t and 40t versions are designed as more permanent fixtures.

Also exhibiting portable dryers is Master Farm Services, with its latest versions being more user-friendly, with manual or new automatic control programmes available for both electric and pto-drive versions.

“Mobile phone messaging provides problem alerts and the electric drive models can have touch-screen operation,” says Master Farm Services.

A time-saving option now available from Griffith Elder on its weighbridges is an automatic operation option, speeding up grain trailer cycles.

“Each tractor driver has a key fob that provides an electronic identity; the weighing sequence is then completed without the driver having to leave the tractor,” says the firm.

A shallower 60-120t conveyor for use where height is limited and a new silo sweep conveyor from Skandia will feature on the BDC Systems stand alongside the Svegma continuous flow dryer range.

Calibre Control International will feature the Charm EZ-M for mycotoxin detection. It uses water and a non-hazardous powder to extract and automatically adjust for the type of mycotoxin.

Speeding up the testing side is the Inframatic 9500 analyser, designed to give a rapid measure of moisture, protein, oil content and other measures in grains and oilseeds, all in less than a minute.

Mecmar’s new rectangular hopper bottom silos provide buffer storage and extra productivity potential for automatic portable driers.

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