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The DRI-Stack™ system reduces harvested corn spoilage, optimizes grain quality, shortens time-to-market and increases farmers’ profit
FORT DODGE, Iowa (December 4, 2019) – The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced that cohort four team Haber Technologies, Inc. introduced its patent-pending, DRI-Stack™ (Direct Routing Intelligence™) system today at the 2019 Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge. The company’s revolutionary new way to bin dry and aerate corn was displayed at Farm News Ag Show for the first time with product demonstrations of DRI-Stack – an intelligent air delivery system that speeds grain drying, reduces energy use and improves grain quality.
This innovative technology from Haber Technologies allows farmers to get precise air path control in grain bins and dry high-moisture corn in less time, while using less energy and reducing handling time and damage. Company Co-founder and CTO Eric Harweger says using only ambient air, the system can dry 26% moisture corn to 15.5% in as quickly as four days.
“We are very excited to announce the launch of the DRI-Stack – ‘the future of grain drying and aeration’ – at the Farm News Ag Show,” Harweger said. “The DRI-Stack provides a new way to solve the world-wide challenges associated with grain drying and storage management. While most of the world has focused on increasing corn yield, our DRI-Stack system helps farmers solve the other side of the equation – reducing spoilage once it’s harvested.”
According to Harweger, DRI-Stack allows farmers to de-risk harvest and storage, save energy and take advantage of an earlier harvest window with faster, no-heat drying. “And, by harvesting earlier and drying faster without high heat, the DRI-Stack system can increase both yield per acre and grade of corn,” he said.
“Our DRI-Stack system addresses widespread post-harvest management challenges and propane shortages faced by Iowa’s farmers,” said Haber Technologies Co-Founder and CEO Dillon Hurd. “If not dried properly, Iowa farmers risk spoilage of their corn harvest this spring – estimated at 2.5 billion bushels in the state – which could result in serious social and economic issues such as food insecurity and lost income.”
Additionally, the impacts of weather variability can be felt across the post-harvest agricultural sector, Hurd said.
“This year’s late harvest, wet corn and shortage of propane fuel needed for drying have only compounded challenges farmers face,” Hurd said. “With approximately one-third of the world’s grain ending up damaged due to excess moisture, farmers need a solution. The launch of Haber Technologies’ DRI-Stack system provides farmers the most effective method to dry grain, enabling them to take their farm operations to the next level.”
Haber Technologies is a Farm News Ag Show exhibitor. The company’s exhibit runs through 5 p.m. today and Thursday, December 5 from 7:30 – 3 p.m. Booth features include a 16 foot DRI-Stack prototype and videos on the company’s three farm-scale installations. Product demonstrations are scheduled from noon – 1 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public with free parking.
Haber Technologies, Inc. is a cohort four member of the ISU Startup Factory, a 52-week intensive program housed at the ISU Research Park. As a member of the program, the company received formal training through a curriculum centered on business validation, customized mentoring, resources and access to a network of business mentors, advisors, counselors and investors.
About Haber Technologies, Inc.
Haber Technologies, Inc., founded by Iowa State University alumni Eric Harweger and Dillon Hurd, is generating technology to meet the demands of the 21st century farm. The company is currently focused on the post-harvest supply chain, targeting areas of grain drying, aeration and bin monitoring. For more information, call 833-DRY-CORN or 833-379-2676 or visit haber-tech.com.
About ISU Startup Factory
The Iowa State University (ISU) Startup Factory is a 52-week intensive program housed at the ISU Research Park (ISURP). Entrepreneurs in the Startup Factory receive formal training, resources, and access to a network of business mentors, advisors, counselors, and investors in two 26-week blocks: the first a formal curriculum centered on business validation, and the second, customized to their individual business needs. For more information on the ISU Startup Factory program, call 515-294-7444 or visit isustartupfactory.org.
About ISU Research Park
Establish in 1987, The Iowa State University Research Park (ISURP) is a real estate development community closely affiliated with Iowa State University. ISURP assists both established and startup companies in connecting with Iowa State’s vast infrastructure to grow their enterprises; whether through students, research entities, equipment or a multitude of other resources. ISURP is currently home to 96 companies and research centers and 10 affiliates, employing 2,253 and 89 people, respectively, and occupies approximately 800,000 square feet of commercial real estate on 400 acres. For more information on ISURP, call 515-296-4204 or visit isupark.org.
Julie Lelonek, Iowa State University Startup Factory Communications
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