Until recently, the typical method of monitoring stored grain was thermocouples attached to steel cables. These cables are notoriously subject to vertical forces from filling, storing, and emptying operations, which has led to damages and even collapsed bins.

Besides their inherent risks, cable monitors are a hit-or-miss proposition. They may detect a hot spot in the grain, but a moldy spot may not be discovered until it causes serious damage and has eaten into your profits.

Centaur aims to bring your bin to the digital age, with the world’s first wireless and predictive grain monitoring technology. Recent advances in digital wireless sensors, which lie within the Centaur team’s expertise, brought in-bin, battery-operated monitors for all parameters that affect grain quality, including moisture and carbon dioxide in the bulk.

These patented sensors are equipped with antennas and transmit their data to Centaur’s secure cloud in real-time, offering remote accessibility from a user-friendly app.

The system will email you when even a distant spoilage risk is predicted. Subtle changes to moisture are picked up early on by this sensitive sensor system, while climate effects on shelf-life are constantly assessed. Increases in carbon dioxide activity are associated with mold and insect development. Centaur’s Internet-of-Crops® platform uses advanced algorithms to provide actionable advice. The system comes with a controller which runs your fans automatically, or you can use a virtual button in the app.

According to Centaur, the Internet-of-Crops® system will pay for itself many times over. Reduced slippage, mitigated spoilage in the bin, and energy cost savings from automated aeration promise 10% more profit from commodity grain storage – or better.

A free illustrated guide is available; call Brad Taylor at 217-418-9662 or email info@centaur.ag. Visit centaur.ag for more information.