Last fall, Unverferth, the Kalida, Ohio, manufacturer of a range of shortline products, ‘upped’ its game with the rollout of UHarvest. The data management system turns your grain cart into a precision measurement and recording device that can track grain loads during harvest.
Unverferth teamed with Raven to develop the system that will also store that unload information for access later. The system automatically recors each bushel unloaded from the grain cart by “grower, farm, field, truck loaded, grain destination and hybrid or variety,” according to the company. With an optional cart-mounted moisture sensor you can also calculate dry yields with enough accuracy to calibrate your yield monitor. So how do you build on that?
During the Ag Media Summit in Indianapolis, Ind., this week the company announced reporting capabilities for the UHarvest system. The reporting system allows you to generate reports on unloaded grain by field so you can know how the harvest went, how grain moved from field to elevator (or to which bins). That will be teamed with a data transfer application that will allow you to push that information from the tablet in your tractor cab to the cloud.
The data transfer app would use your data service from your cell phone or tablet to move the information. Using what the company calls the UHarvest Cloud solution you can save, view and create harvest-data reports from anywhere. They can be used for field analysis or to provide detailed information to landlords if required. The reporting tool is designed to make generating the graphical reports (see the reporting image) that are easy to read and offer at-a-glance capabilities for analyzing just how you’re moving grain on your operation.
With the cloud-based approach – you control your data – you can allow others within 400-feet of the system to view data collected. That access is offered through a secure Wi-Fi connection from the tablet or mobile phone. Turning grain carts into data collectors makes sense it’s an easy place to accurately record exactly what’s going on in the field. Learn more about the new system by visiting uharvest.net.
Planning for spring
Unverferth isn’t just about harvest, however. The company has been in the seed tender market for some time and for 2015 is ready to roll out a larger capacity, greater reach machine – the Seed Runner Model 4955. The patented self-filling seed tender that’s designed to keep up with larger, faster planters.
The system has a 500-seed-unit capacity (you read that right) with a two-stage conveyor featuring a low-profile intake coupled with a tubular-loading conveyor for 24-feet of reach.
The system uses an exclusive belt design for gentle seed handling. The crescent-shaped cleats in the intake conveyor gently lift the seed from the tank to the 10-inch diameter tube with 15-inch belt using cupped rows of offset cleats. The system can move up to 45 bushels per minute so you can get right back to planting. And with those faster planters this higher capacity will come in handy.
The machine also has a dual-compartment design with large windows and LED fill lights so it’s easy to know the level whether filling or emptying. The system is designed for one-person operation with a seven-function remote that controls the engine and conveyor functions, including the ability to move the conveyor into the self-loading position.
The hydraulic system is powered by a Honda engine producing 27 hp. The conveyor gets power from hydraulic 6-cu. In., top-mounted motor to keep the belt tight for smooth operation.
You can learn more about the UHarvest reporting system and the new seed tender by visiting umequip.com.