Grain Farmers of Ontario launches new smartphone apps

GUELPH, ON (March 15, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to unveil two new smart phone apps for BlackBerry and to give away a new BlackBerry Z10 at the fast-approaching March Classic.                                                        

The Grain Farmers of Ontario SellSmart app for smart phones was developed two years ago to provide cash bids for grain at basis points across the province at a farmer’s fingertips.  Now our members will be able to use their smart phones not only to view price information but to reach out to their local elevators to make the sale.

“We are continuously looking for ways to improve access to market information and efficiency for our members,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “These new apps will better connect farmers to their local elevators and input suppliers.”

Through a gateway icon on the BlackBerry home screen named FarmCentral, Grain Farmers of Ontario members will have access to our mobile website, the popular SellSmart app, and now the new app – AgBids. Provided through a partnership with AgNition, AgBids will allow a farmer to simultaneously request an actual grain bid from numerous buyers on their BlackBerry.

There is also additional functionality that has been built into the AgBids app – the opportunity for farmers to request a price for fertilizer.  This aspect of the app will allow farmers to find a competitive local price for their fertilizer needs by enabling them to send multiple requests for pricing to their local fertilizer dealers.

Attendees to the March Classic can visit the Grain Farmers of Ontario booth to learn more about our new apps.  There will be ballots at the booth for farmers to enter to win the new BlackBerry Z10 with the FarmCentral gateway and suite of apps pre-installed.

For more information about the March Classic, visit www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

SellSmart for Android from Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (March 20, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) has now released the Android version of SellSmart, its mobile application. The application, launched on BlackBerry® devices in December 2010 and iPhone and iPad in March 2011, provides local price information, head-to-head price comparisons, and price alerts.

SellSmart is a game-changer for Ontario’s grain farmers and with positive feedback and high uptake of the BlackBerry® and iPhone versions there was no doubt an Android version was needed.

“This application is changing the way farmers access information,” says Erin Fletcher, Manager of Public Affairs and Communications, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The success of the BlackBerry®, iPhone and iPad versions drove demand for the Android version – and we are very excited to be meeting that demand now”.

SellSmart is a custom application designed to put local price information at farmers’ fingertips. The price data for corn, soybeans, and wheat is adjusted by Farm Market News and is provided on ten minute intervals. To streamline the data, the application is personalized by the user to only display their elevators and commodities of interest. The user is able to set a target price which they want to sell at for each crop and elevator and they are then notified by their device when the price is achieved.

SellSmart for Android can be downloaded, free of charge at www.gfo.ca/SellSmart. Questions can be directed to info@gfo.ca.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca