CropScan secures supply deal

By: Andrew Hobbs

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Australian-made grain analyser provided direct from Case IH and New Holland dealers to customers under a new supply deal.

CropScan secures supply deal
The CropScan sample head is mounted onto the clean grain elevator on a Case IH combine harvester.

Australia’s Next Instruments will be able to supply their CropScan 3300H on-combine grain analyser direct to Case IH and New Holland customers after signing a supply deal with CNH Industrial.

Under the new arrangement, dealers can arrange for Next will supply its CropScan 3300H to customers directly from its Sydney factory.

Case and New Holland dealers will also be able to access Next Instruments’ sales, technical and service support team directly, which Next says will ensure faster and better support for dealers and their customers.

The deal follows an initial supply arrangement signed in 2016 for the previous model, the 3000H, where Next supplied the analyser directly to CNHi for the company to install.

Awarded Ag Innovation of the Year at the 2015 Wimmera Field Days, the system measures protein and moisture in wheat and barley; and oil, protein and moisture in canola.

Check out our story about that system here.

Next Instruments chief executive Phil Clancy says early signs from dealers are promising, and the company has built up inventory stocks in anticipation of higher demand.

Launched for harvest last year, the new CropScan 3300H has a number of added features, including a new sample head which increases the grain flow rate and reduces scan time to 5-10 seconds per measurement.

The other improvements are a lighter tablet PC controller, better weigh scale communications and a cloud account and portal for the uploading of data mapped by the analyser.

Retrofittable and used on all major harvester brands, the analyser affixes to a harvester’s clean grain elevator, taking samples and analysing them every time the sampling head is full.

"That then gets presented to the grower on the screen and it gives him a moving average, then he can choose a number of different displays to have a real time field map," Clancy says

Next Instruments is also working on new ways to help farmers use the data, through a new entity called CropScan Ag Solutions.

"It is quite complex to use the software to develop all the field maps, so in some cases it has not gone any further," he says.

"So we are developing a system where we take the data, put it into the cloud, convert it to field maps and then post that directly to the farmer and their agronomist."

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