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Want to know the latest wheat prices? Just ask Alexa…

February 15, 2021 by  
Filed under Crops

Wheat futures prices available via Amazon smart speakers are increasingly popular thanks to a new Alexa skill developed by Openfield.

Farmers wanting to know how wheat futures are doing have been able to do so since last autumn. They can also Ask Alexa to find out the value of their Openfield Crop Fund and how their loading schedule is looking – and listen to any chat messages which have been received.

Openfield head of IT Michael Goodyear said: “Our in-house technology team has worked with farmers to deliver our innovative new App and a brand new way to interact with Openfield using Alexa.”

He added: “We’re proud of the depth of information available and we’re already working on some fantastic enhancements, including price alerts and a new fertiliser selector tool which will be added very soon.”

The Openfield App includes many favourites from Openfield’s Farmer Portal, Insight including access to contracts, loading schedules, Track My Truck, Futures prices, a handy chat function and the seed selector.

Accessible on a tablet or smartphone farmers can view three years’ worth of account details, including movement periods, contract prices and tonnage.

Transport schedules

The loading schedule brings up a smart way to view all planned collections, including variety, tonnage, timing and haulage contact details. This ensures all the information needed is available for each and every collection helping farmers to plan their time more effectively.

Track My Truck allows farmers to anticipate when a lorry, which is using Openfield’s tracking tool, is on its way to the farm. This feature allows growers to set email or text alerts, informing them exactly how far away a collection is from their farm.

Latest information

This means farmers can pinpoint where the driver is and ensure everything is ready to make the collection as quick and efficient as possible.

Producers can access the London wheat futures and send chat messages so the Openfield team can react quickly to any questions.

Openfield’s seed selector is a simple to use interactive tool. It enables farmers to select seed varieties by answering a few quick questions. The easy to use functionality reduces the stress of the seed selection process and helps farmers to identify varieties that meet their specific needs.

The Openfield App is now available from App Store or Google Play by searching for Openfield Insight.