Benefits of a Gravity Wagon Scale
- Calibrate your yield monitor and check its accuracy
- Compare individual fields, soil types, seed hybrids, fertilizer types, tillage equipment and cropping methods
- Know the exact weight of grain going in and coming out of on-farm storage
- Measure sharecropping shares
- Keep trucks moving, and within legal weight limits
- Measure crop damage accurately for insurance documentation
- Document each and every load
- Eliminate guesswork
- Save time and money by weighing grain in the field instead of hauling it to a platform scale
- Maximize performance and profitability by making well-informed management decisions
Return On Investment
If the amount of a commodity you think you have doesn’t match what you actually have, this can significantly impact your bottom line. Let’s take a look at three scenarios:
Scenario 1: Financial Planning and Profit
Let’s say your combine’s yield monitor recorded that you harvested 100,000 bushels of corn, but the actual number was 95,000. When you’re planning for next year – and you use that 100,000 figure for planning purposes – an error like this can effectively create a profit loss.
Scenario 2: Operating Loans
In this scenario, let’s reverse the numbers and say your combine’s yield monitor recorded that you harvested 95,000 bushels of corn, but the actual number was 100,000. You are trying to secure operating loans, based on reported inventory. In this case, you would be selling yourself short by under-reporting your actual yields.
Scenario 3: Fertilizer and Inputs
If your yield monitor data is 10 percent over or under your yield’s actual weight, your yield map will be inaccurate. The calculations you or your agronomist makes, based on that yield map, will also be inaccurate. Let’s say fertilizer costs $130 per acre on corn and you have 1,000 acres. Your yield monitor is reporting 10% over the actual weight. Over-applying fertilizer by 10 percent would mean basically wasting $13,000 on fertilizer you didn’t need. Add seed and any other inputs, and it gets worse. Conversely, if your yield monitor is under-reporting the actual weight and you under-apply fertilizer, the result could be a significant loss in yield.
There’s a simple, inexpensive solution for making sure your yield monitor is always calibrated correctly. Using a gravity wagon scale can fix this problem forever – and squeeze every penny possible out of your operation. Check out the Scale-Tec ROI calculator to see how much impact yield monitor inaccuracies can have on your bottom line.
Finding the Right Kit to Fit
We have many gravity wagon scale kits to choose from, and we’re proud to carry our very own scale indicator, POINT. It’s simple, yet the most technology-forward and powerful scale display we have available. Visit the Gravity Wagon Products Page or contact us today to find a kit that best fits your operation’s needs.