THE AgriChain software platform has expanded to include a function which can determine the variety of wheat and barley via a photograph taken with a smartphone.
Available through the AgriChain grain receival app already widely used by growers, bulk handlers and end users, those delivering or receiving grain can analyse the photographed sample in real time to provide accurate varietal purity information.
The app can currently assess four or five varieties in both wheat and barley, and durum also, and is being used at the AgConnex bulk-handling site at Wumbulgal near Griffith in southern New South Wales.
“We are always working to ensure we have the best quality product coming in from farmers and
going out to our end users,” AgConnex CEO Geoff Barker said.
“We pride ourselves on delivering a quality product on time every time to our customers, and
with works for our new rail siding progressing quite rapidly, we need to be at the forefront of new
technologies like this that can benefit our supply chain.”
The software was developed by a proprietary developer in France using big-data analytics and AI, and the number of varieties it can determine is unlimited.
Training for a variety takes around 200-300 samples, depending on quality, and with a network like AgriChain’s, a new variety can be incorporated into the app within around one week.
AgriChain CEO Caile Ditterich described the varietal purity app as a “truly scalable, robust solution”.
“We can scale this technology to growers, truck drivers, malthouses, feedlots and everyone in between – we are just at the beginning of what is possible,” Mr Ditterich said.
Varietal purity is listed as the first of many attributes that AgriChain will be able to test using AI and
“Last month, we received the results of the protein-testing algorithm and I’m happy to say it is on par or better than a traditional spectrometry device.”
“For the first time, freight providers, growers and bulk handlers will be able to share specific load-quality data in real time with the delivery site, at the time of loading, making costly rejections a
thing of the past.”
AgriChain is set to release its protein-testing module in Q2 of this year, and it will be available to
farmers and end-users alike.