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Combine Grain Weigher
"It determines the weight by measuring the flow of grain," says Francois Laffineur, sales manager for Dickey John in France and distributor of a new combine yield meter that'll give you your yields by field. Dickey John in North America is not yet selling the field meter, which was developed by the Griffith Elder Company in Great Britain.
The new yield meter has a pressure sensitive metal plate. As grain is unloaded through the combine unloading auger or any other auger around the farm where its needed it falls against the metal plate where the amount is recorded electronically as a yield in weight.
The weight of every tank of grain, which is easily converted to bushels is recorded and totalled within the control box. At any time, the total amount harvested may be shown. The unit has an accuracy of plus or minus 2% or better. It'll store data for up to 30 days in its memory cells. The entire unit can be mounted to the discharge auger in 3 to 4 hours.
John Potter, of Potter Pitcairn farms in Snoddington, England, bought two Yield per Field meters last year. "For the first time, we were able to determine the yield from each field as well as the total harvest. This is particularly important as most of our grain is kept in flat storage and we never knew before what we had until it was sold. We run five combines on three different farms and we plan to fit all of our machines with this meter."
The meter sells for about $3,000.
Contact: Griffith Elder Company, Shepherds Grove West, Stanton, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England IP31 2AR (ph 0359 50095).


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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #3