By Margy Eckelkamp and Susan Luke
eBay for Grain Sales?
You can sell just about anything on eBay—but you can’t sell corn and soybeans. You can sell them on a website called FarmLead, however. The online grain marketplace, which was started in Canada in 2013, plans to significantly expand in the U.S. this year.
Hannah Konschuh, a southern Alberta farmer, says she uses FarmLead to diversify her marketing plan by opening up her grain to other buyers.
The website serves about 4,000 farms across North America, with “tonnage traded” levels going up by 200% or 300% every year, says FarmLead CEO Brennan Turner.
The site is simple to navigate via desktop or mobile app, and there are no upfront costs for farmers. Listed crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, canola, oats and hay. For more information, visit www.FarmLead.com.
Wanted: Aerial Sprayer
A new app wants to become the Uber for aerial ag application. Farmers log onto the AgriFly Network platform, post a pin near the site and give the details for the job (crop, product, time window). Then, aerial applicators log in to browse the job requests, submit bids if interested and get an email from the app if chosen.
AgriFly has 17 applicators already signed up with a goal of 50 by the end of the first year in business. The initial focus for the company will be the corn fungicide run from Texas and Louisiana to the Great Lakes states.
According to USDA, more than 71 million acres are treated via aerial application every year. There are 4,000 aerial applicators registered in the U.S.
For more information, visit www.agriflynetwork.com.