The Koster Moisture Tester is a useful and practical piece of farm equipment. It is easy to operate and gives direct percentage readings of Dry Matter and Moisture content of dry grain, high moisture grain, hay, silage and other materials. The tester unit consists of a portable electric dryer having thermostatically controlled heat. Current requirement of 110 volt or a true 220 volt version. A screened bottom container (Specimen container) in which to weigh and dry the sample. A specially constructed, accurate mechanical scale that has the dial calibrated in percentages of Dry Matter and Moisture. Digital scale version also available.
The Koster Moisture Tester will more than pay for itself when used on one small crop as it gives the necessary information to know when to harvest crops at their maximum nutritional value and assure safe storage.
WHY TEST FOR MOISTURE
Loss of Nutrientswill occur when crops are ensiled with excess moisture
content. The weep or drain-off contains valuable nutrients which are lost.
Harvesting hay when the moisture content is too low will cause a heavy leaf
drop-off which contains the most feeding value in the crop.
Nutrientsin crops can only be obtained by harvesting at the
proper stage of growth and storing within a specific range of moisture
necessary for the ensiling process, will not develop properly if the moisture
content is above or below the recommended range.
Moldcan develop in grain or
forage when they are stored with an excess of moisture
Combustioncan take place during storage if the forage contains between 30%
and 40% moisture. If combustion occurs, the forage will be lost and possibly the
storage structure destroyed.
Balanced Rationscannot be calculated or fed
in the correct amounts unless the moisture content is known. The animals will be
over or under fed, in which case they will not grow optimally, fatten
economically or produce the maximum amount of milk.
Buying or Selling
Foragewithout knowing moisture content makes it impossible to
establish the true value. The Producer is penalized if the moisture content is
below the proper range for ensiling. The Buyer is penalized if the moisture
content is above the recommended percentages.
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