Intelligent Grain Management Intelliconnâ€™s ingrainTM Grain Quality Management system is a game changer for agriculture globally. Not only does it ensure more, higher quality, grain makes it to the table, it helps producers realize more revenue for their grain and provides more reliable information for grain buyers, blockchains and traceability. ingrainTM also has significant financial benefits for many other ag sector businesses, including processor-shippers, analysis labs, and input suppliers.
The Challenge In order to feed another billion people in next 10 years, not only do we need increase production, we also need to reduce losses from spoilage. This problem is compounded by the fact that the land base isnâ€™t increasing or improving and there is ever-increasing financial and environmental pressure to reduce inputs. It is also getting tougher to make big advances with equipment, cropping techniques, plant breeding, and inputs.
The Next Evolution For the past 100 years we have focused on how to grow more. Equipment has gotten bigger and smarter, and we have significantly increased production through better farming practices, plant breeding, and nutrients.
The next evolution of agriculture is where we focus on how we can get more quantity and quality to the table by having better information about grain as it is loaded into storage, or for transport.
The Problem The fundamental problem is that we have inaccurate, or limited, information regarding quality and condition of stored commodities. The reason is that grain sampling and splitting is a task for which people are not well suited, so sampling is often poorly done and samples are not representative of the grain being stored or loaded. Grain samples can also deteriorate in shipping and storage, or be tampered with. In addition, grain sample information is not centralized, so it is not easy to access, or process. Often the risk of spoilage is unknown because you canâ€™t justify putting temperature or moisture cables everywhere grain is stored.
The Problem This inaccurate, or limited information, results in several problems: • 70-80% of grain is sold by producers for less than optimal value because they lack detailed knowledge regarding the quality
• Loads are delivered that don’t match the sample the grain purchase was made from, which causes grief for both grain buyers and producers • 17% of crops are lost to spoilage, or degraded, each year globally due to damage caused by high moisture, temperature, or insects • Information for blockchains and traceability is limited or inaccurate.
The Solution Intelliconnâ€™s ingrainTM Grain Quality Management System solves these problems with an integrated system that not only ensures representative samples are obtained, but can provide real-time analysis of grain characteristics and potential degradation factors. Intelliconnâ€™s goal is to provide a trusted standard in which everyone in the agriculture sector has confidence. This starts with getting a representative sample for which the related information is digitized and then sent to the cloud. Once in the cloud, the information can be easily accessed and processed by authorized parties. This means that sample analysis labs, grain buyers, and blockchains can access, as well as add, pertinent information. In this increasingly digital era, digitizing grain is a logical and necessary next step.
The Benefits The major advantage to producers is that, in addition to knowing with much greater detail and certainty what they have stored, they can see the aggregated data from all the ingrainTM users which provides a detailed view of the quality and quantity of grain in the market. The difference between a number one and a number two can be as much as 50%. If you know you are sitting on some pretty good number two and the market is getting light on one, you will probably hold off selling. ingrainTM information will also be accessible by farm management software to simplify farm operations and financial management.
The Benefits Many other businesses either increase revenue, or decrease costs by using ingrainTM system: • Processor-shippers - save on sampling cost labour and reduce costs from loads not matching samples
• Grain buyers and traders - increase revenue for through better market knowledge • Labs - reduce processing and administrative labour costs
• Input suppliers - reduce costs through better production and shipping decisions • Blockchains - have more accurate information • Seed suppliers - reduce tracking and auditing costs • Grain traceability is easier
The Product The ingrainTM system consists of two main components. The Acquisition Module replaces the flex-spout on a grain auger, or conveyor, or can be mounted in the grain stream in a grain handling system. It continuously takes small cross-cut samples from the grain flow which are transferred to the Splitter Module by a tube with airflow. The Splitter Module is mounted in a convenient location for the user to access and contains a sample splitter, which can split the sample into up to six identical sub-samples. The samples are deposited in Secure Sample containers, which preserve the samples, are tamper-resistant, and individually QR and RFID coded. The splitter also monitors grain volume, has a moisture and temperature sensor, a high-resolution camera and spectrometer. The system is controlled by the userâ€™s smartphone and the information is wirelessly sent to the cloud.
The Product Once in the cloud, the data can be processed to determine risk of spoilage as well as grain characteristics, such as protein and oil content, or other factors, such as glyphosate residue, or toxins.
The data can be accessed by the producer, who can then share the data with grain analysis labs, prospective buyers, and blockchains, who, in turn, can add relevant information regarding sample quality, or value. The information can also be accessed by farm management software.