Dev. Of A Can-Based Data Management and Decision Support System For Optimal Equipmetn And Harvest Timing From Grain Harvast To Storage

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The overall goal of this project is to develop a series of tools to enable grain producers to make informed, data driven decisions relevant to harvest and post-harvest logistics by integrating harvest and post-harvest equipment performance characteristics. A decision support tool to examine harvest logistics from the combine to through grain drying will be developed and validated. This tool would allow producers to evaluate an optimal equipment set for harvest and grain handling related to field, grain storage location, labor, cost, energy consumption, grain losses, and grain moisture. This will be done by logging location and performance data (fuel consumption and speed) from combines, grain carts, and road tractors. After delivery to the storage location, data related to grain quality (moisture content, damage, and test weight), level of fill in the wet holding tank, dryer throughput, labor, and energy consumption will be tracked. When the grain is delivered to a commercial elevator, wait time will be the primary metric tracked. This tool will allow producers to identify bottlenecks in their system and examine impacts or potential gains of capital investments through simulation. Furthermore, the data collection framework developed could be utilized for grain traceability and link grain from the field to the storage location.
Effective start/end date11/1/1510/31/19


  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture


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