2015 Innovation Award Winner: Harvest Tec On-Baler RFV Calculator System

Harvest Tec developed a new system for measuring the relative feed value (RFV) of every bale of hay, calculating and recording the RFV as each bale is made, and identifying that bale's value by attaching an RFID tag to the bale string. The tag contains complete information about the hay quality, moisture content, amount of preservative applied, the field where it was produced, and more.

Harvest Tec's system replaces the practice of random bale core sampling, which often provides a less-than-accurate analysis when projected to a group of bales. The information provides key feeding information, and adds the element of fairness to buy-sell transactions.