Red tractor audit

benny6910

Member
Arable Farmer
I’ve got a audit next week for combinable crops and I missed my local moisture meter clinic this spring so I’ve not got the relevant pice of paper but I do have samples of all the crops I grow with moisture checked by local merchant. Will this be good enough to get me a tick in the correct box or will I get pulled up on it. My meter is a whole grain meter so I just tip the sample back into the bag after checking and the sample is double bagged and stored in a dry place. Thanks in advance ben.
 

bobk

Member
Location
stafford
I’ve got a audit next week for combinable crops and I missed my local moisture meter clinic this spring so I’ve not got the relevant pice of paper but I do have samples of all the crops I grow with moisture checked by local merchant. Will this be good enough to get me a tick in the correct box or will I get pulled up on it. My meter is a whole grain meter so I just tip the sample back into the bag after checking and the sample is double bagged and stored in a dry place. Thanks in advance ben.
Tell them you haven't got one , Ive never been asked , which is a good job as I haven't got one
 

nonemouse

Member
Location
North yorks
I’ve got a audit next week for combinable crops and I missed my local moisture meter clinic this spring so I’ve not got the relevant pice of paper but I do have samples of all the crops I grow with moisture checked by local merchant. Will this be good enough to get me a tick in the correct box or will I get pulled up on it. My meter is a whole grain meter so I just tip the sample back into the bag after checking and the sample is double bagged and stored in a dry place. Thanks in advance ben.
That just won’t do, all your grain should be double bagged and sent to a hazardous wate tip and you should be shot at dawn🤣🤣🤣🙈
 

AndrewM

Member
BASIS
Location
Devon
you can buy the moisture samples online and do the moisture check yourself. just need to make sure all your records have the correct dates on them.
 

melted welly

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
DD9.
I’ve got a audit next week for combinable crops and I missed my local moisture meter clinic this spring so I’ve not got the relevant pice of paper but I do have samples of all the crops I grow with moisture checked by local merchant. Will this be good enough to get me a tick in the correct box or will I get pulled up on it. My meter is a whole grain meter so I just tip the sample back into the bag after checking and the sample is double bagged and stored in a dry place. Thanks in advance ben.
If you can get verified samples from merchant and record you’ve checked your meter against it, that’d surely be fine.
 

slackjawedyokel

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Northumberland
Seriously though - I don’t store grain to sell; it leaves fairly sharpish on artics to the grain silos.
I’m supposed to have calibration for my meter (for why? Biting grains between my teeth tells me what I need to know for the job that I do).
I happen to have two moisture meters so I calibrate one against the other and they are generally ‘within tolerances’ (+/- 0.w%)
I suggest you have a friend with a moisture meter that you can calibrate yours against 😁).
 

manhill

Member
I’ve got a audit next week for combinable crops and I missed my local moisture meter clinic this spring so I’ve not got the relevant pice of paper but I do have samples of all the crops I grow with moisture checked by local merchant. Will this be good enough to get me a tick in the correct box or will I get pulled up on it. My meter is a whole grain meter so I just tip the sample back into the bag after checking and the sample is double bagged and stored in a dry place. Thanks in advance ben.
Do red tractor specify moisture levels?
 

Andy26

Moderator
Arable Farmer
Location
Northants
To be fair, I send everything to a large Co-op store and a moisture meter is still important, if grain has to wait on farm for a short time it's important to know moisture content as can spoil very quickly if it's wet and warm. Likewise if saving some for seed.
 

Andy26

Moderator
Arable Farmer
Location
Northants
Testing against a known sample or a ring calibrated meter is the only real way.

Not sure how two neighbours testing wildly inaccurate meters would help!?

Or if you've got some really accurate scales, weigh out some grain, put it in the oven (google for exact instructions), then weigh it again, the weight difference will enable you to calculate the water content, thus you have your own oven dried, 'known sample', to calibrate against.
 
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