2021 - Volume #BFS, Issue #21, Page #33
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Fast, Accurate New Way To Measure Grain Loss
With margins tight there may never have been a more important time to keep your combine working efficiently, and S.I. Distributing says that the new Bushel Plus Grain Loss management system lets you check grain loss more quickly and accurately than anything else on the market.
“What used to be a 20-min. process now takes just 5 min.,” says Tim Hoehn, S.I. Distributing, Spencerville, Ohio. “It comes as a kit and was developed in Canada, where it is revolutionizing the checking-for-harvest-loss process there. We recently became the exclusive U.S. distributor.
“The kit can be used on soybeans and small grain such as wheat, oats, barley, canola and rice, as well as corn. Farmers using the system have reported savings anywhere from 2 to 10 percent.”
The kit comes with a drop pan carrier, narrow drop pan, wide drop pan, battery-powered air separator with charger (optional), weigh scale, and a downloadable app.
The drop pan attaches magnetically underneath the carrier, and the carrier attaches magnetically under the combine. The pan is dropped remotely while harvesting and collects a sample of chaff and straw from the back of the combine. The sample is dropped into the air separator and cleaned, and the remaining grain is then weighed on the scale. The downloadable app is used to quantify your bu. per acre grain loss, and you can then make adjustments to the combine to reduce loss.
“The carrier serves as a cover for the drop pan so the pan always stays clean, which results in an accurate sample,” says Hoehn. “The pan drops only about one foot to the ground so it always lands flat on the ground, which doesn’t always happen when you try throwing a drop pan under a combine. Then you can use the air separator to quickly clean the sample, and the weigh scale and app to determine the bu. per acre loss. The drop pan is available in different sizes, but the 40-in. long pan is a good choice for corn and soybean growers.”
Three different kits are available. The flagship BP 40-in. system sells for $1,550 plus S&H; the 60-in. BP kit sells for $1,700; and the mini 20-in. BP mini kit sells for $1,225. The air separator accessory sells for $650 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, S.I. Distributing, Spencerville, Ohio (ph 800 368-7773; info@sidist.com; www.sidist.com).  

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