Best Grain Moisture Testers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 7, 2018
If you work in the agriculture industry growing and selling grains, there isn't a single appliance out there that could rival a grain moisture tester when it comes to improving the speed and the quality of your work. So choose one of these models and enjoy a new level of convenience that you never knew your profession could offer. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Grain Calibrations
Temperature Range
Power Source
Features
Warranty
 
PROS

The key to the model's accuracy lies mostly with the 149 MHz - UGMA technology that takes no more than 16 seconds to figure out the moisture content, which can be anywhere in between 5 to 45% depending on the grain calibration. The internal scale that comes with the package essentially eliminates the need for pre-weighing.

CONS

The instruction manual is a bit uninformative. 

OUR VERDICT

What we have here certainly isn't the most affordable option on the market. But if you're looking for accuracy above anything else, this is the type of investment that will definitely pay its dividends in the long run. Though a relatively complicated appliance, the touchpad interface won't present any challenges whatsoever.

detailed parameters
Grain Calibrations

20

Temperature Range

32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)

Power Source

Lithium Manganese Dioxide Battery

Features

USB port, Plastic container for grains

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The appliance doesn't just rely on a single result as those tend to be relatively unreliable. Instead, the model automatically averages up to 99 test results. There's also the higher-frequency, capacitive circuit that just generally does a far better job of accurately analyzing the moisture content of the crop. 

CONS

The number of grains it can test is relatively limited. 

OUR VERDICT

Farmex MT-16 offers only 16 different types of grain calibrations, so your options may seem limited. But if your product is on that list, there is probably no other appliance out there that could rival the model in question in terms of precise readouts.

detailed parameters
Grain Calibrations

16

Temperature Range

32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C)

Power Source

9-volt battery (not included)

Features

Carry case with a shoulder strap

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The ability to automatically average a specific and selectable number of tests will allow you to receive the most accurate readouts. The display provides a battery power indicator and a battery saver that will let you set a shut-down time. Plus, the interface is backlit, thus granting you the ability to operate it even in low light conditions.

CONS

The first synchronization takes some time. 

OUR VERDICT

AgraTronix 05100 MT-PRO+ will easily prove to be the best grain moisture tester for the type of customers who aren't looking for a specific aspect or a category and instead would like to purchase the model that offers a full package, from the moisture and temperature range to a number of unique and convenient features.

detailed parameters
Grain Calibrations

40

Temperature Range

32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C)

Power Source

Two 9-volt batteries

Features

Low battery indicator and battery saver, USB port, Carrying case with a strap

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The model offers automatic temperature compensation. It comes with a carry case that includes a shoulder strap, which makes the process of transportation that much more convenient. Most importantly, the model determines not just the moisture content of the grain but also their test weight, which is easily the second most important value of any grain. 

CONS

The plastic container is a tad fragile, so you have to be careful with it. 

OUR VERDICT

We would recommend this grain moisture tester to just about any individual whose job revolves around harvesting, storing, or trading grain and who doesn't mind spending a few extra bucks on a product that offers more options than virtually any other similar appliance.

detailed parameters
Grain Calibrations

20

Temperature Range

32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)

Power Source

Lithium Manganese Dioxide Battery

Features

USB port, Carry case with a shoulder strap, Plastic container for grains

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The operating range that determines the moisture content between 5% and 40% depending on the grain that's being tested. The enhanced temperature compensation circuit makes full use of the model's 32 to 113°F temperature range. It will also allow you to save the average calibrations for all grains, further simplifying the entire process.

CONS

Not the most compact option on the market. 

OUR VERDICT

John Deere Moisture Check Plus Grain Moisture Tester may not offer you anything out of the ordinary but it's compact size and lightweight construction will make it easy to transport the model around the farm. It does not trail behind in terms of performance and the number of grain calibrations is quite impressive.

detailed parameters
Grain Calibrations

40

Temperature Range

32° to 113°F (0 to 45°C)

Power Source

Two 9V alkaline batteries (not included)

Features

Carry case

Warranty

2 years

Dickey John Grain Moisture Tester

It's All About Accuracy

The model from Dickey-John isn't particularly cheap but it is the price you ought to be willing to pay for the highest level of accuracy available on the market. It most certainly is an investment but the type that will pay its dividends in the long run. The key to its accuracy lies mostly with the 149 MHz - UGMA technology that takes no more than 16 seconds to figure out the moisture content, which can be anywhere in between 5 to 45% depending on the grain calibration. Using this appliance, you will be able to utilize up to 20 different types of grain calibrations, including a calibration for dried bakery products. Again, depending on the type of grain, the recommended sample size for testing is 250 grams (slightly less than 9 ounces). All those calibrations can be easily loaded via a USB port.

Speaking of which, it isn't just the accuracy that makes this Dickey John moisture tester such an attractive offer for those who can afford it but also the simplicity of operation. A convenient LCD screen will provide you with a menu-driven interface that is about as simple and convenient as it gets. Plus, the internal scale that comes with the package essentially eliminates the need for pre-weighing.

To reiterate our earlier point, what we have here certainly isn't the most affordable option on the market. But if you're looking for accuracy above anything else, this is the type of investment that will definitely pay its dividends in the long run. Though a relatively complicated appliance, the touchpad interface won't present any challenges whatsoever.

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Farmex MT-16

Exceptional Precision

If you know precisely what you're working with and aren't looking for the sort of appliance that offers the often unnecessary versatility, we would recommend looking into the Farmex MT-16. The number of grain calculations is limited only to 16 grains: barley, canola, corn, flax, oats, rye, sorghum, soybeans, two types of rice, four types of wheat, and two types of sunflower. That said, when it comes to those grains, the model offers some of the most accurate and direct readouts. There are a few things that contribute to the Farmex grain moisture tester's accuracy. First of all, there's the fact that it doesn't just rely on a single result as those tend to be relatively unreliable. Instead, the model automatically averages up to 99 test results. There's also the higher-frequency, capacitive circuit that just generally does a far better job of accurately analyzing the moisture content of the crop.

Other than that, we would probably be remiss not to mention that each scale can be adjusted in order to match your local elevator. And finally, the manufacturers didn't forget to include the automatic temperature compensation that helps the appliance determine the precise moisture content. With the accuracy discussion out of the way, we would like to direct your attention towards the model's profile. To be a bit more precise, to the 12.1 x 9.8 x 4.8 inches of overall dimensions and 2.76 pounds of weight, both of which make this portable grain moisture tester one of the most compact and lightweight options on the market.

And that's all there is to it. Sure, the Farmex MT-16 offers only 16 different types of calibrations, so your options may seem limited. But if your product is on that list, there is probably no other appliance out there that could rival the model in question in terms of precise readouts.

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AgraTronix 05100, MT-PRO+

Don't Compromise

Before getting into it, we would like to say that the AgraTronix 05100 MT-PRO+ is probably as close to a full package as grain moisture testers get. Starting with the size, the whole thing adds up to 12.5 x 10 x 5.5 inches in overall dimensions. Include the 2.5 pounds of weight into that equation and what you're left with is a fairly portable appliance, and that's putting it mildly. Of course, the product doesn't get to be called a full package if the only interesting thing about it is its weight and size. But that is where the number of grain calibrations comes in. Offering direct readout for 40 different grain scales, the model will be able to fit just about any individual who grows and sells grains. The ability to automatically average a specific and selectable number of tests answers the question of the accuracy. And as for the question of convenience, the digital moisture meter for grains has quite a few tricks up its sleeve to offer the customers.

With the help of a 2.5-inch LCD screen, you will be able to store average calibration for all grains tested. Aside from the ability to choose between a number of different languages and your standard set of functions, the display provides a battery power indicator and a battery saver that will allow you to set a shut-down time. Plus, the interface is backlit, thus granting you the ability to operate it even in low light conditions. The USB port will offer you quite a few customization options, including personalization (adding username), grain scale, firmware, and diagnostic updates.

In conclusion, the AgraTronix 05100 MT-PRO+ will easily prove to be the best grain moisture tester for the type of customers who aren't looking for a specific aspect or a category and instead would like to purchase the model that offers a full package, from the moisture and temperature range to a number of unique and convenient features.

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Dickey John mini-Gac

Test Weight Too

What we have here is another analyzer from Dickey-John and, as it usually is the case with their products, you ought to be ready to offer an arm and a leg in return for the particular appliance. But is it worth it? Well, if your job revolves around harvesting, storing, or trading grain, we're going have to say that it is.

Not dissimilar to the previous iteration of this appliance, it is accuracy that is one of this model's most important characteristics. To put it in layman's terms, it's the sophisticated circuitry that will help this product provide you with accurate measurements in a variety of conditions. The temperature range begins at 32°F and ends at 122 (0° to 50°C) but you won't have to set the whole thing yourself as the model offers automatic temperature compensation.

Of course, some of the specs haven't really changed compared to the grain moisture tester's predecessor. It still requires approximately 16 seconds to determine the moisture content of the grain in the range between 5 to 45% depending on the grain calibration. The LCD screen is still functional and user-friendly. So, what's changed? Well, a couple of things. First of all, this one includes a carry case with a shoulder strap, which makes the process of transportation that much more convenient. But, of course, that isn't the most important change. That title is reserved for the fact that the mini-Gac determines not just the moisture content of the grain but also their test weight, which is easily the second most important value of any grain. It also offers far more calibrations, with 34 of those reserved for coffee beans alone.

All things considered, we would recommend this grain moisture tester to just about any individual whose job revolves around harvesting, storing, or trading grain and who doesn't mind spending a few extra bucks on a product that offers more options than virtually any other similar appliance.

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John Deere 43239-201079

Leave It to a Deere

John Deere Moisture Check Plus Grain Moisture Tester doesn't necessarily offer anything out of the ordinary but it will prove to be suitable for a considerable number of people who grow and sell grains. Most importantly, it offers direct readout for 40 different grain scales, so it doesn't matter whether you work mostly with wheat, oats, rice, corn, maize, barley, rye, or any other type of grain as there's a pretty good chance the model will provide you with an appropriate grain calibration. There are a couple of things that make those calibrations about as accurate as they can be. First off, there's the operating range that determines the moisture content between 5% and 40% depending on the grain that's being tested. There's also the enhanced temperature compensation circuit that makes full use of the model's 32 to 113°F temperature range. Similar to other grain moisture testers, the model automatically provides you with an average result that it gets from a selectable number of tests. It will also allow you to save those average calibrations for all grains, further simplifying the entire process.

Performance aside, the larger, illuminated graphic LCD screen and a set of buttons underneath shouldn't present any challenges regardless of your level of expertise. The protective carrying case comes with a shoulder strap. Since the whole thing weighs less than 2 and a half pounds, you can always take the model with you.

All in all, John Deere Moisture Check Plus Grain Moisture Tester may not offer you anything out of the ordinary but it's compact size and lightweight construction will make it easy to transport the model around the farm. It does not trail behind in terms of performance and the number of grain calibrations is quite impressive.

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What Is a Grain Moisture Tester?

The only time your average individual worries about the moisture content of their grain products is when he or she is trying to prepare a meal with it. But even then, most people would only go so far as to test the rice before boiling it from time to time. However, it is a whole different story for those people who produce grain. Since the moisture content of grain could easily affect its sale weight, as well as the quality, and the ability to be stored long-term, it isn't particularly surprising that those who grow and sell grains tend to strictly monitor the moisture content of their future product in order to have the ability to control the final outcome. And there's no better way to do that than using a grain moisture tester. Of course, there are other testing methods out there, but all of them tend to trail behind when it comes to speed, precision, convenience, and versatility. Now, these things aren't cheap, but they will definitely save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.

Like we said earlier, these testers are generally used by professionals, so if you do not have anything to do with the agriculture industry, you might want to look for a different kitchen appliance, like a coffee grinder or a bread maker.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-11 17:01:42