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GRAIN OPERATIONS

Grain elevator of the

FUTURE

Wireless monitoring will play a big role in managing stored grain quality
by Dirk Maier

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farming, robot-run factories, and remote surgery.
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and preparing for it now, a necessity - beyond anything we
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and autonomous vehicles and transportation. We made the
point that grain receiving, sampling, grading, and subsequent
transfer to wet holding, drying and storage will have to become faster and more autonomous to keep up with farmers and
avoid losing their business to a competitor down the road who
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grain receiving, sampling, and grading will be able to accomplish that with better and faster measurement equipment such
as NIR composition detectors, and with smarter equipment
maintenance. This article focuses on real-time wireless monitoring and managing of stored grain quality. Future articles
will focus on real-time tracking of inventory, lights out and
hygienic operations, and digital services.
WIRELESS SENSOR SAFETY CONCERNS
During the past couple of years, several new companies have
emerged as leaders in monitoring and managing stored grain
conditions remotely with wireless sensors and networks of
sensors. Wireless sensors that can be probed into the grain
mass and monitor temperature and relative humidity (and
convert those values to moisture content via the equilibrium
moisture content relationship) from the grain surface can easily communicate with nearby antennas that pick up the signals, aggregate the data and send it into the cloud from where
actionable alerts are sent back to operations managers.
However, the concern of having to probe such wireless sensors into the grain mass (and recover them) is the need to walk
on the grain surface to do so. This can be dangerous and should
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These policies prevent probing wireless sensors into a grain
mass and renders the technology useless for its intended application.
Walking on the surface of an outside grain pile, whether
tarped or not, also has its dangers and is therefore not advisOctober 2019 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com


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Contents
FROM THE EDITOR - ASF impact goes beyond pork industry
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
IPPE evolves to meet needs of attendees, exhibitors
News Review - ADM opens largest U.S. mill ever built
ForFarmers opens newly expanded feed mill
Scoular taps Gasparian for Asia-Pacific role
Chinese feed producer to build feed mill in Vietnam
P&H acquires 10 LDC grain elevators
Ardent Mills creates chief growth officer position
Grimaldi to head Gavilon do Brasil
ISU breaks ground on new feed mill and grain science complex
CHS increases soybean capabilities with expansion
Bunge buys stake in Brazilian grains and inputs company
Interflour receives loan from CBH, Salim Group
GRAIN MARKET REVIEW - Rice
COUNTRY FOCUS - Iran
FEATURE: MAASS SEEKS BOTH CHANGE AND GROWTH
Scoular’s pillars for growth
For new career chapter, Maass returns to his roots
FEATURE: SHIP LOADER, UNLOADER SUPPLIERS FOCUSING ON EFFICIENCY
FEATURE: CHINA ON THE MINDS OF AGIC ATTENDEES
GRAIN OPERATIONS - Grain elevator of the FUTURE
FEATURE: STUDY: U.S. WATERWAYS NEED UPGRADING
FEED OPERATIONS - PELLETING system points
FEATURE: BEWARE OF BEETLES
FEATURE: BÜHLER COLLABORATION NEEDED TO FEED WORLD SUSTAINABLY
SUPPLIER NEWS
PRODUCT SHOWCASE
WORLD GRAIN ARCHIVE
ADVERTISER INDEX
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World Grain - October 2019 - Contents
World Grain - October 2019 - FROM THE EDITOR - ASF impact goes beyond pork industry
World Grain - October 2019 - 7
World Grain - October 2019 - IPPE evolves to meet needs of attendees, exhibitors
World Grain - October 2019 - 9
World Grain - October 2019 - News Review - ADM opens largest U.S. mill ever built
World Grain - October 2019 - ForFarmers opens newly expanded feed mill
World Grain - October 2019 - Chinese feed producer to build feed mill in Vietnam
World Grain - October 2019 - P&H acquires 10 LDC grain elevators
World Grain - October 2019 - Grimaldi to head Gavilon do Brasil
World Grain - October 2019 - ISU breaks ground on new feed mill and grain science complex
World Grain - October 2019 - Interflour receives loan from CBH, Salim Group
World Grain - October 2019 - GRAIN MARKET REVIEW - Rice
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World Grain - October 2019 - COUNTRY FOCUS - Iran
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: MAASS SEEKS BOTH CHANGE AND GROWTH
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World Grain - October 2019 - Scoular’s pillars for growth
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World Grain - October 2019 - For new career chapter, Maass returns to his roots
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: SHIP LOADER, UNLOADER SUPPLIERS FOCUSING ON EFFICIENCY
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: CHINA ON THE MINDS OF AGIC ATTENDEES
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World Grain - October 2019 - GRAIN OPERATIONS - Grain elevator of the FUTURE
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: STUDY: U.S. WATERWAYS NEED UPGRADING
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEED OPERATIONS - PELLETING system points
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: BEWARE OF BEETLES
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World Grain - October 2019 - FEATURE: BÜHLER COLLABORATION NEEDED TO FEED WORLD SUSTAINABLY
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World Grain - October 2019 - SUPPLIER NEWS
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World Grain - October 2019 - PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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World Grain - October 2019 - WORLD GRAIN ARCHIVE
World Grain - October 2019 - ADVERTISER INDEX
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