Wasquehal: the grain examined with a magnifying glass with Javelot | The Gazette Nord-Pas de Calais

Traces of pesticides are found in storage, because the products have been digested by the plant during cultivation. The objective is therefore to cool the grains to bring them below 10 degrees.», explains Félix Bonduelle, CEO and co-founder of Javelin. The solution developed by the company therefore makes it possible to optimize the cooling of the storage silo and therefore to achieve energy savings by optimizing the ventilation periods.

Today, farmers or storage organizations ventilate without having precise feedback on the opportune times to do so. However, if we ventilate badly, we heat the grain», Details the CEO. And who says heated grain says the appearance of insects and therefore contamination of part of the silo… The alternative could be the use of pesticides – 4 million doses would be used on the grain each year – but the legislation provides a prohibition within two to five years of the use of pesticides on all molecules for storage. Agriculture must therefore evolve in order to be able to meet the standards.

The equivalent in size of a bocce ball in number of insects can cause the contents of a 1,500 tonne silo to be lost. With our system, we can reduce the use of pesticides by 90% thanks to technology and artificial intelligence. If we manage to determine the problem early enough, the harvest can be saved.»

Strengthen French agriculture to make it competitive

The probes developed by Javelot are used in flat grain storage silos (wheat, barley, sunflower, etc.) as well as for vertical silos thanks to a kind of 30-meter garland that can measure several temperature points. The tools are
designed and manufactured in Wasquehalin partnership with an ESAT in Marcq-en-Barœul on the assembly part.

a temperature point located at the bottom of the probe, the information is uploaded to the electronic card to then broadcast a maximum message within two hours to the farmer or the agricultural cooperative.

Javelin probes leverage silo data to create value.

It is also possible to connect the Javelin system to existing probes for farmers already equipped. “There is already a legal obligation to monitor grain, so some farmers have already invested in systems, but some do not necessarily take into account the data on insecticides or energy savings. But you should know that by 2030, energy expenditure will increase by 30% and that today, the crisis in Ukraine shows that it can go much faster», specifies Félix Bonduelle.

260,000 tonnes analyzed in Hauts-de-France

Whatever the shape, size, level of equipment… the temperature information is transcribed on a single platform and the ventilation systems make it possible to activate the fans and evacuate the heat from the silo. Of the 70 million tonnes of grain produced in France, Javelot currently manages between 4 and 5%, mostly in cereals and oilseeds for a total of 4,000 sensors installed. In Hauts-de-France, 260,000 tonnes of grain are analyzed by Javelot.

The objective is to reach 10% by the end of this year and, ultimately, we hope for almost half of French storage. But also to develop exports – currently Javelot is already present internationally in Romania and Germany – which, in the long term, should be the majority in our turnover.continues Félix Bonduelle, who currently employs around twenty people with the ambition to reach 40 employees by the end of the year.

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Wasquehal: the grain examined with a magnifying glass with Javelot | The Gazette Nord-Pas de Calais

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