Geoff and Mark Ryan, Kodj Kodjin
With the average size grain farm in Western Australia expanding, farmers are looking at ways to increase efficiency and improve safety.
Three years ago Geoff and Mark Ryan who farm at Kodj Kodjin fitted a camera system in their road train to make the loading of grain quicker and safer during the busy harvest period. Mark says he can load accurately to within 5% from the driver’s seat watching the loading progress on a monitor.
The cameras are situated at the rear of the trailers facing forward with the monitor mounted on the dash of the prime mover. Once the field bin is started Mark follows the progress of the loading from the drivers seat and moves the truck accordingly, he then only has to hop out to turn off the field bin. It is not only quicker, but also a lot safer as Mark is not climbing up and down the side of the trailer checking the loading progress, or worried about twisting an ankle on the undulations left by seeding at 30cm row spacing, as he runs to switch off the pto. As well as being safer, Mark also saves time as he can fill out the receival dockets while watching the monitor in the cab.
The cameras serve a dual purpose as they are fitted into the top of the air seeder tanks to monitor progress of the seed and fertilizer. Being infrared no lighting is required and it means there should be no unsightly gaps after seeding from drivers running out of seed.