Western Canadian farmers can now use an app to gain information about their grain’s quality.
The VeriGrain app includes features that will allow farmers to get quantity and quality information from their bin contents.
Farmers can create a record of their grain sample as it is loaded in or out of their bin to add characteristics, analyze, track, and share the information with potential buyers. The Bin Contents Profile feature shows growers the sampled layers in their bins with related characteristics, and calculates a weighted average of the bin contents. The Sample Assist feature calculates the optimal time interval and number of samples required to accurately represent the quantity of bushels sampled — the phone beeps and vibrates when it is time to take a sample.
The app also allows for interaction with labs to receive an independent, detailed analysis of the sample. Tests can be ordered directly from the app with results added to the sample record, ensuring a third party is verifying the grade.
Ken Jackson, CEO of VeriGrain, says that without knowing the contents of their bin, grain farmers are often underselling their product and not maximizing their profit.
“When you consider that different grades and specific characteristics can change final prices by up to 20 per cent or more, knowing exactly what’s in your bins is crucial for maximum profits,” says Jackson. “We recognize the risk that growers face when delivering their grain with the possibility of it being downgraded or rejected. The VeriGrain App empowers growers to make appropriate marketing and selling decisions because they know the value of what’s in their bin.”
Jackson adds that the buyer can also feel confident in what they are purchasing, so it is valuable information for both parties. The VeriGrain app can be downloaded for an introductory subscription price of $295/year.