App Connects Farmers to Experts, Benefits Both

 

December 15, 2021 | View PDF



 

Des Moines, IA,  – Farmmee, the app that connects farmers with farmers when they need help the most, is proving its mettle around the country.  

The most recent example is straight from the heartland.  

Tim Sinn runs a 600-head backgrounding operation near Oskaloosa, Kansas. A Kansas native, he moved there six years ago to get back into agriculture after leaving another venture. In addition to cattle, he offers custom farming services throughout the region. 

He discovered the Farmmee app on Facebook before harvest, signed up and listed the custom services he offers. It took a couple weeks, but he finally got connected to a great harvesting gig. 

Rodrigo Trevisan is technology manager for Vayda, a company making the regenerative future of farming accessible today, by creating farming hubs that facilitate the demand and supply of regenerative crops and paving the way with high-tech regenerative operations in those hubs themselves. He had crops near Rock Port, Missouri, that needed harvesting.  


“We were discussing how to get things harvested and started searching for a tool that would help build relationships between people providing services and people needing them,” Trevisan says. “We found Farmmee using keywords, even ‘the Uber for agriculture,’ and thought it might help us.” 

Trevisan placed a request for custom harvesting into the Farmmee app and waited. About week before harvest, he received a message from Sinn letting him know he was available for a custom harvesting job. Trevisan responded and connected Sinn with the farm manager to lay out specifics of the job, so Sinn could develop an accurate bid.  


This was not a typical harvest job. Trevisan says they had multiple experiments evaluating input types and rates and seeding rates that were larger than conventional plot sizes, but not as big as side-by-side trials.  

“Tim did a great job at keeping track of everything and made the human side of the monitoring system work,” Trevisan says. “In soybeans, we had one experiment set at 40 feet, but Tim’s combine has a 25-foot header. He harvested at 20 feet so we could keep the experiments at two passes. Things went really well.” 

In fact, things worked well enough that the Vayda crew is already talking with Sinn about harvesting its winter wheat next season. 

This fits with Sinn’s plans. He and his wife, Regina, have seven children ranging from two to 12 years old.  

“This was a profitable job I would likely not have found without the Farmmee app. I have a strong interest in continuing custom farming,” Sinn says. “My plan as my children get older is to further develop our custom business. I’m glad there’s a chance to work with Vayda again next year.” 



He and Trevisan agree that tools like Farmmee are changing the way farmers and service providers connect with each other. Opportunities for both will grow as more farmers and providers complete profiles on the app. 

“Connecting farmers with farmers so that both benefit is why we created Farmmee,” Molly Woodruff, Farmmee CEO, says. “We hope this connection and others evolve into a long-term business relationship.”Farmmee using keywords, even ‘the Uber for agriculture,’ and thought it might help us.” 


Trevisan placed a request for custom harvesting into the Farmmee app and waited. About week before harvest, he received a message from Sinn letting him know he was available for a custom harvesting job. Trevisan responded and connected Sinn with the farm manager to lay out specifics of the job, so Sinn could develop an accurate bid.  

This was not a typical harvest job. Trevisan says they had multiple experiments evaluating input types and rates and seeding rates that were larger than conventional plot sizes, but not as big as side-by-side trials.  

“Tim did a great job at keeping track of everything and made the human side of the monitoring system work,” Trevisan says. “In soybeans, we had one experiment set at 40 feet, but Tim’s combine has a 25-foot header. He harvested at 20 feet so we could keep the experiments at two passes. Things went really well.” 

In fact, things worked well enough that the Vayda crew is already talking with Sinn about harvesting its winter wheat next season. 

This fits with Sinn’s plans. He and his wife, Regina, have seven children ranging from two to 12 years old.  

“This was a profitable job I would likely not have found without the Farmmee app. I have a strong interest in continuing custom farming,” Sinn says. “My plan as my children get older is to further develop our custom business. I’m glad there’s a chance to work with Vayda again next year.” 

He and Trevisan agree that tools like Farmmee are changing the way farmers and service providers connect with each other. Opportunities for both will grow as more farmers and providers complete profiles on the app. 

“Connecting farmers with farmers so that both benefit is why we created Farmmee,” Molly Woodruff, Farmmee CEO, says. “We hope this connection and others evolve into a long-term business relationship.”

 

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