How AgTech Helps Farmer Co-Ops

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review | Monday, March 29, 2021

The agricultural co-op has employees who can strengthen the farmer's position in the value chain. 

FREMONT, CA : When the role of farmer cooperatives is placed accurately in agricultural value chains, the chain becomes complete. Every ag co-op has workers working to strengthen a farmer's position in the overall picture of a value chain. Climate change, generational shifts, and challenging market conditions all contributed to the change in agricultural practices and co-ops' support.

Due to this new shift in the chain's structure, agricultural technologies have advanced in recent years. Precision farming, soil sensors, farm management software, and remote sensing are all features that can help farmers increase their sustainability and profitability.

These features' objectives are aligned with the role of ag co-ops, demonstrating the importance of examining the role of farm management software in farmer co-op applications. The following are the main advantages of providing farm management solutions to farmer cooperatives.

Collaboration with Farmers Made Easier

With software help, cooperative employees and farmers are brought onto the same platform, allowing seamless cooperation between the two. The platform's messaging system helps in better communication among every member of the co-op assigned to a specific area to target. Farmers and co-op workers can use the web and mobile applications to log into these platforms and clarify certain aspects of agriculture.

Better View of the Input Requirements

Co-ops can use the contract management module to develop a plan for each grower's input requirements. They may also mention the machinery maintenance that every grower would need annually. For each crop and grower, co-op members should estimate the expected yield and set the purchase price. The cooperatives will compile a list of the overall input requirements on a co-op level by aggregating all contracts.

Big Data Analytics and Real-Time Ag Data

To understand farmers' needs and concerns, farm visits must be provided with meaningful and seamless conversations. As a result, the co-ops will offer more value to the farmers and improve the quality of their guidance. Collecting information through a real-time overview of each farmer's agricultural data will enable co-op members to offer faster advice on applied agronomy practices and adapting techniques for the fields as the weather changes.

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