New Sensor System for Improved Peanut Drying

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A sensor network grown by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineers could make it easier and cheaper for peanut growers and processors to dry their peanuts.

An ARS-developed moisture-monitoring complement could save adult to $22,000 per year in appetite costs during a standard peanut-drying station

In Georgia, farmers move their peanuts to a shopping indicate for grading and pricing. If a dampness calm is too high, a semitrailer installed with peanuts is eliminated to a drying brook for a drying routine that competence takes days. About once each 4 hours, someone also has to stand adult into a semitrailer, collect peanut samples, bombard them and magnitude their dampness content.

If a peanuts are under-dried, over-dried or dusty too solemnly or quickly, it degrades their quality, and they will sell for a reduce price, according to Samir Trabelsi, an ARS wiring operative in Athens, Georgia.

Trabelsi and ARS rural operative Micah Lewis designed a sensor network that monitors temperatures and steam levels inside a semitrailers and a heart dampness content. A continue hire also marks outside atmosphere temperatures, steam levels and breeze speed—which all can impact a peanut drying rate.

Trabelsi and Lewis recently upgraded a record to yield real-time dampness readings to a mechanism or intelligent phone. That way, when peanuts are amply dried, operators can spin off a drying blowers, and no one has to stand adult into semitrailers to collect peanuts and check their dampness content.

The researchers also showed in a new investigate that a real-time monitoring capability could save some-more than $20,000 a year in appetite costs during a standard drying station. The assets are significant, deliberation Georgia has 130 peanut shopping points. Peanut growers compensate to use a secretly owned stations, so a record should reduce a fees for growers, Trabelsi notes.

Results were published in Drying Technology: An International Journal.

You can review some-more about this investigate in a Jul 2017 emanate of AgResearch magazine.

Source: ARS

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