Growers had the chance to try for themselves
two of HGCA’s innovative software packages at the Grain Management
roadshow held in Cambridge last week. These are RL Plus, a data
interrogation package designed to allow interactive interrogation
of HGCA Recommended Lists data, and GrainPlan, a grain store management
The HGCA Recommended Lists contain literally millions of pounds
worth of data. We are committed to making all of this data available
to growers and to do so we have commissioned RL-Plus which we believe
will be a valuable but easy to use tool,” said Jim McVittie,
manager of the HGCA Recommended Lists, demonstrating the interactive
The new database will allow varieties to be compared according
to factors such as location or soil type, as well as by the market
for which they are intended.
The management and monitoring of grain in store is increasingly
important as food safety becomes a key driver is this area,” said
Roger Williams, HGCA’s assistant director of research and
development as he introduced Grainplan to the delegates.
This user-friendly software will allow growers to create their
own ‘virtual grainstore’ based on what they have on-farm
and will provide vital marketing and monitoring data. They were
given a demonstration of how to set up the system for their own
Delivering what the customer wants, taking representative samples
of grain and monitoring moisture and temperature during storage
were all covered at the roadshow.
RL plus will be launched during spring 2004 for winter wheat and
spring barley. It will be available on-line and will be sent to
levy-payers as a CD with the full HGCA Recommended Lists. GrainPlan
is now available and can be ordered from the website.