Grain inventory data platform gives more options to input grain information, which means less data entry, more productivity and better results
There are multiple inventory management and marketing platforms growers can use to manage their grain inventory.
These platforms are only as useful as the information producers put into them in the first place, a process now supported by VeriGrain’s new grain-sampling app.
“The problem or the weakness in the system right now is that all the information that’s getting put in is based on potentially inaccurate samples, and there’s a lot of manual input. So, we’re adding a degree of automation and certainly a degree of accuracy,” said Ken Jackson, chief executive officer of VeriGrain.
“The niche that we fill in is to work with a number of other data management platforms or grain brokering platforms to provide the data sets regarding grain quality and quantity.”
The VeriGrain app is available on iOS and Android, and it enables farmers to create a record of their grain sample as it is loaded in or out of their bins.
Grain characteristics and lab analysis can be added to sample’s digital records, which can be shared with grain companies.
“That digital trail starts with getting an accurate sample, in our case, as it goes into the bin or as it comes out of the bin. So, from the traceability perspective we’re able to provide the traceability for guys that are in that business,” Jackson said.
The VeriGrain app has a Bin Contents Profile feature that shows users the sampled layers in their bins with the related characteristics, and calculates a weighted average of the bin contents.
The app’s SampleAssist feature causes the phone to beep and vibrate when it is time to take a sample to help increase the accuracy of the samples.
Users can also use VeriGrain’s individually bar-coded three and a half and five-gallon containers and tamper-evident sample bags to help simplify the sample tracking.
Before a sample is collected, a picture can be taken of the bar-coded container with a phone, and this automatically sets up a sample record in the app.
“Then you add all the other sampling parameters. So what field did it come off of, what is it going into, what grain is it, what piece of handling equipment was used?” Jackson said.
“All of the details as to what relates to that sample are now part of that record and as you take multiple samples, we’re actually able to build up a profile.”
Lab tests can be ordered directly from the app and the results are added to the sample record.
“If there’s for whatever reason the discrepancy at the delivery point, you’ve got a very high quality sample. You’re able to say, I don’t agree with what you just told me,” Jackson said.
“It just gives you as the grower that kind of control factor to say, ‘let’s check my sample, which I’m confident is representative and accurate’.”
The VeriGrain App costs $295 per year for an introductory subscription.
VeriGrain also sells a grain sampler that automatically collects grain from an auger’s flow.