Precision in the Production of Large Square Balers
Take your large square baling operation to a whole new level of efficiency with the Harvest Tec Tagger - Bale Identification System. This exciting three-part system allows the progressive hay producer to customize their baling operation from start to finish!
Step 1 - Gathering Bale Information: Dual Channel Processor
The Dual Channel Processor (DCP) for Automatic Hay Preservative Application.
All Automatic hay preservative applicators for large square balers now have the ability to be connected to the Dual Channel Processor (DCP). The DCP stores bale information collected during baling and the preservative application process and uses that information to create a unique profile for every bale made. The automatic preservative application process will remain as easy and reliable as it always has been, but the addition of the DCP gives the producer the option to expand the automatic system to include bale identification. The Harvest Tec Tagger - Bale Identification System utilizes the information from the DCP to create a readable tag that attaches to every bale made.
Step 2 - Applying Bale Information: The Tagger
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has grown rapidly and has applications ranging from retail merchandise control all the way to automated highway toll collections. The tagger does essentially the same thing, but for your large square bales. A 16.5” x 16.5” x 30” tagging device mounts on the top of the bale chamber. The tagger holds a roll of 850 vinyl tags that contain a tiny microchip and antenna for receiving and transmitting. As the bale is passing through the chamber, two arms on the tagger reach down and lift the twine just long enough to wrap a RFID tag securely around the twine, applying one tag per bale.
As the bale is pushed out of the chamber, it passes under an antenna mounted at the rear of the chamber. The tagger uses a radio frequency transmitter to send specific bale information to the receiver antenna in the tag. This bale information is stored in the tags microchip and includes:
- Bale ID Number
- Field Name
- Date and Time Bale Was Made
- Average Moisture of Bale
- High Moisture of Bale
- Amount of Hay Preservative Applied
- Bale Weight (calculated average of previous three bales if your baler is equipped with a bale scale)
Step 3 - Utilizing Bale Information: Bale Tag Scanner
The Bale Tag Scanner
The uses for tagged bales are numerous, ranging from inventory control to management applications. To view the information contained on the tags, a RFID tag scanner is required. The tag on the bale transmits its information to a receiver in the scanner. The scanner translates the information from each tag and displays it on the screen. The push button keypad can then be used to navigate bale information to sort and group bales, accepting or rejecting bales based on the operator’s criteria. All data can be saved to a removable USB drive and downloaded to a computer. The bale tag scanner can be used in two different ways, hand-held or loader-mounted.
In hand-held operation, the scanner can read bale tag information on one bale at a time from a distance of up to ten feet away. The tag does not have to be visible in order to be read.
An attachment is also included with the scanner to be used on a loader. The attachment kit comes with hardware to mount the scanner in the cab so the screen is visible to the loader operator. Also included are 2 antennas with a mounting kit The additional antennas will allow the operator to read multiple bales at a time from a distance of up to 20 feet.
Sample Printout of Bale Records Created From a Stack
|BALE ID#||FIELD ID#||Date / Time||AVG MC%||HI MC%||WEIGHT||PRESERVATIVE (LBS)|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I order the Harvest Tec Tagger - Bale Identification System? See your local dealer. All products are sold through authorized dealers only.
2. Will the Harvest Tec Tagger - Bale Identification System work on all balers? The system is designed for large square balers only. It will fit all large square balers.
3. I already have an automatic applicator, will the tagger work with my existing applicator? If you have a 2009 or newer automatic applicator, the tagger will plug right into your existing system. All model 2008 and prior applicators do not have a PIP & you will need to purchase an upgrade kit.
4. How do I apply the information on the tags to my hay operation? Every haying operation will use this technology differently, but the main premise is the same. Use the information contained on the tags to create groups of bales based on your specific criteria. Here are a few examples:
Example A: Stacking bales brought in from the field for inventory control. Use the bale scanner to help you sort out organic hay, roundup-ready hay or different types of hay. Download the stack information into an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of where each type of hay is located.
Example B: Loading a Truck. Give your customers exactly what they want and don’t run the risk of sending them a bad bale. Use the scanner to only pull out quality bales. While loading, if you come across a high moisture bale, reject it and keep on loading. After loaded, you can print out the bale information for each bale and give it to your buyer. The buyer may even want a scanner so they know how to inventory your bales when they arrive.
Example C: Feeding out bales. Bale quality doesn’t look as good as your seller says it is? Use the scanner in hand-held mode and make sure the bale is what your seller says it is.
5. I sell hay, how do these records benefit my operation?
Inventory control. Keep track of what you produce, the quality you produce, where inventory is located, where it has shipped and to whom it has shipped.
Create groups of bales based on features that are important to you or your buyer, such as: moisture, maturity, field of origin, cutting number, organic, GMO crops and crop type.
Protect your business, know what bales have been shipped or fed.
6. I am a hay buyer and have noticed bales from certain seller have tags on them. How do I get the information from the tags? You will need to purchase a scanner to access the information on the tags. You can use the information to sort bales for feeding, lot control, quality control and any other feature you would like. Use the scanner to verify that you have received what you have paid for.
7. I produce hay for my own farm and do not sell it. Can tagged bales benefit me? Yes, know what quality is coming off your fields, keep inventory for feeding and storage as well as field records from rented land.