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Grain store management support using the GrainPlan.DSS

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21918)
Authors:   Caroline Parker, Julie Shields, David Armitage, Simon Hook, Jon Knight, Simon McConnell, and Roger Williams
Keywords:   Grain storage, risk management, decision support, software

Maintaining the quality of grain in store by paying careful attention to moisture and temperature control is becoming increasingly important to farmers and grain store managers, in the UK and across the globe. The GrainPlan project was launched by the UKs HGCA (Home Grown Cereals Association) to provide grain store managers with a tool to support the management of grain store quality and the data associated with it. The resulting software tool, now in its third release, has been developed in Delphi and uses a Microsoft Access database. The project adopted a user-centered design approach and its functionality is firmly based on user needs. The resulting software has easy to use drag and drop features and has so far been well received by its users. This paper describes its development, key features and gives some information on feedback.

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