Swanton Morley Farms Yields Benefits Of Crop Weighing System

Swanton Morley Farms has been using a new crop weighing system installed to two of its trailers and can now accurately measure the yield from every field.

Simon Brock, farm manager, Swanton Morley Farms, said: “It’s vital that we know how much each field is producing and how each crop variety is performing to inform our decision making. With this system, we have the precise weight of each field and we know exactly how much we have in our stores.

“We add that data into our software and we can see how well each farm is doing, as well as identify the impact of different fertilizers and herbicides. It provides full traceability and makes running the farms, including our contract farms, much easier. We love it!”

The trailer weighing system is manufactured by the UK’s market leader in vehicle onboard weighing and axle overload protection, Vehicle Weighing Solutions ltd (VWS).

Shaun Hamilton, sales director, VWS: “Having a robust and accurate weighing system allows producers to know the precise yield for each field, immediately at the time of harvest. This saves time as the trailer no longer needs to return to the farm weigh-bridge each time.

“The system has been successfully trialled with both cereal and root crops and can be used to calibrate combine harvesters thereby improving the accuracy of the yield calculator.  Importantly it also keeps vehicles legal by preventing overloading, which can lead to heavy fines and penalties.”

The ROCA load cell from VWS was originally designed for the waste management industry and is perfect for agricultural applications.

It is extremely strong, lightweight and low profile, and has been tried and tested by farming contractors for over two years.

Mr Hamilton added: “Whilst technology in certain areas of the farming industry is advanced, achieving immediate on-board yield calculation has, until now, proven very expensive and inaccurate. Our system provides an affordable, accurate and easy to integrate solution and we are delighted that Swanton Morley Farms is having such success with it.”

 

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.