AgriCharts, a division of Barchart.com and a provider of information and technology solutions for agribusinesses, announced the launch of Grains.com, an online marketplace for farmers and grain buyers. Grains.com gives farmers the ability to connect to grain elevators in North America and view their local grain bids. Farmers can then send grain elevators offers to sell their grain, including corn, soybeans and wheat. Users can also check futures prices, agricultural news and weather. Grains.com is available through any device—desktop, tablet and mobile phone, and registration is free.
“Grains.com provides a grain farmer with all of the information and tools they need to market their grain online,” said Eero Pikat, President of Barchart. “Farmers can check grain bids from local elevators and make offers to sell their grain to them. And, users will be very happy to discover that we are providing this service for free,” added Pikat.
Grains.com features include:
- Access to local grain prices, including an interactive elevator map tool
- Delayed or real-time futures quotes and charts
- Real-time agricultural news
- Local weather conditions, forecasts and maps
- Buy and sell grain online
Grains.com is built upon Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud infrastructure which provides a highly reliable and scalable platform to deploy the service to tens of thousands of farmers across the United States and Canada. The platform also integrates with the AgriCharts Grain Offer System which is a service for grain elevators to monitor and manage grain offers from their clients.
“Farmers have smartphones and tablets in the fields, but the way that farmers connect to the market and sell grain has not yet seen a major change due to new technology,” said Pikat. “We think Grains.com will facilitate this change—where farmers can check grain bids from any elevator through an easy-to-use map interface or zip code look-up, and then in seconds send an offer to one or more elevators. The physical grain marketplace is highly fragmented and Grains.com will work to change that by centralizing where farmers can connect with grain elevators,” added Pikat.