Oct 15, 2015 at 03:54 PM CST
Like so many new businesses, the inspiration forAccuGrain came from a problem.
“I was loading grain trucks on the farm when I was in high school. I was young and inexperienced, so I didn’t know how to load it appropriately so that the (weight load) was legal,” explains Ryan Augustine, who recalled those days while taking an ag entrepreneurship class at Iowa State University in Ames. “I thought, ‘What if there was a way to measure this grain as it comes onto the truck? That would be a great way to save time and (create) other efficiencies.’”
His solution: Use low-energy x-ray technology to measure the flow of grain in real time, rather than the truck scales relied up on by grain elevators.
“From there, the original idea of truck loadout just emerged into so many ways into the grain space, whether that be inventory, in and out, or process efficiency (for grain elevators or feed mills),” said Augustine. “We can measure the grain in real time, so it doesn’t have to be stopped or be weighed or go across the scale.”