Fourth is securing the grower's reputation. "A farmer's reputation is built on the product he delivers," Sinclair adds. "If he delivers good loads, he gets more of a preferred supplier stature." Fifth is meeting customer requirements, both at the elevator and at ethanol plants. For example, an ethanol plant might accept corn at 15.9% moisture, but not at 16%.
"A farmer who tests his grain before delivery knows if he needs to dry a little more," Sinclair says. "Having no rejection can save him a lot of money."
The company also calibrates its own moisture meters. The meters come with a sticker that, if removed by another entity to calibrate it, will void warranty. This ensures accuracy and uniformity. Sinclair makes the analogy to changing the weight on a scale while standing on it to read what you want it to say, not really what is accurate – the grower is only cheating themselves if they change the moisture reading by calibrating it elsewhere, like a grain elevator. The calibrated readings vary little from unit to unit, 0.2% maximum compared to the 0.4% standard for USDA.
These models range from the portable 999FR to the desktop 999FB. Sinclair says they are worth the investment. They have ten major grains available for quick access, with a total of 250 different grains and their subdivisions. They come with USB drives, allowing farmers to plug data into their computer and keep records from previous years. It has a life expectancy of eight to ten years, and comes with a rechargeable battery that needs to be recharged after 150 to 200 tests. "This is one of the few moisture meters that is self-contained, all-inclusive, and that you can trust," Sinclair says.
More information is available at the Missouri Moisture Analyzers website, by emailing Sinclair at email@example.com, or by phone at 660-562-0203.