Winnipeg-made grain tester easy to use, portable

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A new Winnipeg company is betting farmers want portability in their grain testers.

Prairie Grain Analyzers has developed a new moisture tool that doesn’t require the grain to be weighed or have its temperature taken. It also doesn’t force producers to look up the results on a chart.

The MA-404 uses an Android portable-device operating system such as a non-Apple smartphone, a set of sensors, a rugged touch-screen interface and rechargeable batteries to provide instant moisture tests in the field.

Jeremy Matuszewski of Thunderstruck, who handles marketing for the machine, said the new, slightly smaller than a breadbox device has been a hit at the farm shows he has taken it to this summer and fall.

Prairie Grain Analyzers’ MA-404 is battery powered, wi-fi enabled and has USB connectivity and a printer. | Michael Raine photo

“Farmers like the size of it and the no-nonsense design, and they can calibrate their combines and test in the field with confidence. And it is made right here in Canada,” said Matuszewski.

“And you can update it using wi-fi. It has its own little printer, if you need it. But you can connect to it through the USB port and get all the tests results and manage them that way.”

The machine retails for $2,399. For more information about the unit call 1-855-752-5525. Or visit

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