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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

Future of Grain


New hand-held grain moisture tester available from John Deere
To help producers more accurately monitor the condition of their grain during harvest and in storage, John Deere has introduced the GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester. This new hand-held device provides direct readout of moisture and test weight for 20 different grains in seconds, without pre-weighing the samples, at the touch of a button.


According to Barry Deiters, Product Manager with John Deere Merchandise, the new GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester is the most accurate and advanced hand-held tester available. “The tester measures the moisture of harvested or stored grain from five percent to 45 percent with repeatable accuracy to plus or minus 0.2 percent and test weights with repeatable accuracy of 0.5 lb. per bushel, without having to pre-weigh the samples.” 

The tester also measures the temperature of stored grains from 40 to 120 degrees F with repeatable accuracy to within 1.0 degree. The grain tester will hold more than 40 different grain calibrations and will automatically average the operator’s choice of three, six, or nine sample readings. Other features include a backlit LCD display for easy viewing of data, automatic temperature compensation and USB port and cord to make software updates and downloading data easy and convenient. Each unit comes with an attached swiper for grain leveling and heavy-duty carrying case.
For more information on the GT-30300 Grain Moisture Tester (part number SW30300) visit your local John Deere dealer or visit

Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected and up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight Twitter accounts we think you should consider following or hashtags (#) that will help you join specific conversations.

Every week, a new farmer hosts @FarmersOfCanada by chronicling their day-to-day activities on the farm and answering questions about their operation. Previous hosts not only include hog, sheep, beef, dairy and poultry farmers, but also an agricultural reporter and a maple syrup producer. Interested in hosting? Visit www.thefarmers for more information.

Use the hashtag #SWAC14 to stay up to date on information and conversations about the Southwest Agricultural Conference being held in Ridgetown on January 7 and 8, 2014. The conference, which attracts expert agricultural industry speakers and researchers from across North America, addresses topics ranging from field crop management to farm profitability.

The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app, online tool, or website that may help you in the field or in the farm office.
NO-TILLville is a global community of farmers, researchers, and others from the agriculture industry that want to discuss soil conservation and modern agriculture.  Users will be able to share their experiences with the global community, ask questions, and seek answers to their particular challenges in the discussion forums. The site will be set up with agronomic, equipment and regional forums initially covering Australia, Canada, the United States, Europe, and Russia.

The forum can be found at, and is an ad-free site.


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