Cost-effective grain store automation with Cropcool Wireless.
For effective cooling air temperatures need to be 4-6°C lower than the temperature of the crop. The Cropcool Wireless system monitors storage temperature, compares it to ambient air temperature and then decides when the fans should be turned on and off. This will invariably be between 2am and 6am during early autumn; a time of day when most farmers are not in the grain store but when rapid crop cooling can take place. This automation can help you save up to 40% in energy saving on your store running costs.
The AHDB recommend 6 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per stored tonne of crop, for successful low volume ventilation. Even with the correct levels of air it is equally as important to ensure that the ventilation is well managed.
Differential temperature control is key to this and as farmers’ use of it has increased so the technology has moved forward to bring new levels of monitoring and control to our stores.
The AHDB state that in some situations differential temperature control can save up to 40% in electricity costs over a manually controlled system.
The beauty of Cropcool Wireless is that it can evolve from a basic monitoring package to a full blown store control and crop data logging system over time. The wireless temperature probes feed information back to the Dicam controller which then coordinates ventilation fans according to temperature and/or humidity. The farmer can build up crop storage trend curves for his ACCS inspection through the Barn Report software which is available for Cropcool Wireless. Stores can be monitored remotely from either a PC or smart phone, the latter with the newly developed app. Cropcool Wireless really is a system for all budgets and expectations and in the coming year we expect to build on its growing reputation here in the UK.
All of the store control is kept on site and this overcomes any intermittent broadband problems associated with cloud based systems. For effective and cost effective cooling you cannot beat regular monitoring of the storage temperatures and cooling rates. With modern technology this does not mean you have to be in attendance but fan running times need to be correct and storage temperatures need to be monitored so that any potential problem areas can be dealt with quickly. A crop is truly only worth something when it has been sold, its full value realised with no quality based deductions.
Improves fan control for optimum Crop Cooling/Conditioning in separate zones. This is particularly helpful for larger grain stores or multiple grain stores. The data is accessible via the Evans and Pearce app or farm pc.
Level 1: Sample and See
Use 2m temperature probes to monitor stored crop temperatures. These temperatures can be reported back to a laptop which is brought into the grain store. Alternatively the signal can be boosted back to a laptop or PC in the farm office. A free issue piece of software called Site Map can be downloaded to turn the results into a logical plan of the grain store. Data capture is real time and is not historically logged. Reports from the store can be saved and used for your Assured Combinable Crop inspections.
Wireless temperature lance
Receiver Dongle for laptop/pc with USB connection
High powered repeater to boost signal from store to office
Sitemap Software for sensor monitoring FOC
Level 2: Sample, See & Control
Use 2m temperature probes to monitor stored crop temperatures. These temperatures can be reported back to the Cropcool Controller which is positioned in the store. User can visually check stored crop temperatures on the Controller. This Controller will then coordinate the running of the ventilation fans according to the parameters you set, eg differential temperature, time of day, moisture content of crop and rh of ambient air. A single Cropcool Controller will monitor multiple probes and also manage multiple stores from one point. All of the data capture and store control remains on site and does not require an internet connection. Crop storage data can also be exported to an on-site computer for logging.
Wireless temperature lance
Wireless Cropcool Controller (1 Zone)
Additional Controlled Zones
Level 3: Sample, See, Control and Share
Same functionality as Level 2 but with the added advantage of being able to export data off site for remote monitoring of store from either computer or smart phone via app.
Typical hardware in addition to Level 2 requirement:
Gateway Unit for internet access to allow data export
Barn Report app
Barn Report annual service charge