As the farming industry matures and as farms consolidate, many professional farms are seeking to run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. To do so, farms are adopting tools and techniques used for years in other industries.
In July 2014, Granular launched an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system that helps the farming community manage the entire farming cycle from planting to harvest. Professional farms, like Silent Shade Planting Company, already see the benefits of using Granular’s system for efficient management and to make better decisions with operational data. More and more professional farms are using software like Granular’s to run their business; many in the agricultural industry expect broad adoption of ERPs by farms in the next one to three years.
Efficient Farm Management Software
Family-owned, managed, and operated Silent Shade uses software for efficient farming operations. To keep the farm running efficiently, the six-person management team uses a number of software packages for agronomics, operations, imagery, financial management, and dirt moving. While Jeremy Jack, a partner in Silent Shade Planting Company, finds the various software products critical to his business, one of the farm’s challenges is the lack of communication and data sharing between the disparate products.
Jack recognized that software that integrated the different aspects of running a farm could help Silent Shade become even more efficient, improve the farm’s bottom line, decrease waste, and allow the company to use resources the best way possible. Silent Shade turned to Granular’s ERP system built for agriculture to help the business run more smoothly.
Seeking new tools
In multiple industries, ERP systems help companies operate more efficiently and effectively, with more information through the entire business cycle. In agriculture, Granular’s ERP system helps farming businesses plan, track, and analyze their business throughout the farming cycle, from planning and planting to harvesting and selling.
Granular is still building out its software, but the initial release includes the major components required to help run farms more efficiently and enable the management team to make better business decisions. The software provides planning tools that allow farmers to create crop plans, and automatically generates schedules, inventory lists, and budgets. Granular also offers daily team management, allowing staff to be more efficient in getting work done. When harvest time rolls around, farmers can manage harvests and inventory, all the way from assigning combines to a field to hauling to a customer.
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