A new "plumb bob" measuring device lets you use your computer or SmartPhone to check the grain level in your bins.
The SmartBob sensor mounts on top of a bin and works like an automated tape measure, dropping a cable with a weighted stainless steel probe through a hole in the bin's roof to the grain surface inside the bin. When the probe comes into contact with the grain, it automatically retracts and sends a measurement to your personal computer or a Smartphone. You can set up the sensors to take measurements at scheduled time intervals throughout the day or on demand when you need one right away.
The system can be set up to send automated email alerts if bins get below or above a preset level.
Prices for the SmartBob system start at about $1,800.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, BinMaster Level Controls, 7201 N 98th St., Lincoln, Neb. 68507 (ph 800-278-4241 or 402 434-9102; www.binmaster.com).