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Hoosier Farmers Turn To Tech For Profit Bump

corn on the floor of a barn

Many seed providers market yields in ideal soil conditions, rather than those present in specific parts of the country. (Steve Burns, WTIU/WFIU News)

A new online tool promises to help farmers maximize their profits through increased transparency around prices and seed development. 

It’s called the Farmers Business Network.  

A farmer can type in his address and look to see what farmers around him are paying for the same product. Or how much they are getting per bushel to sell their corn or beans at a grain elevator. 

Eric Wappel has been collecting a paycheck from farming since he was 14. He sees the network as a tool that helps paint a truer picture of the yields farmers  can expect.

“The data is really helpful,” he says. “I like to look on there and pick out trends. You can pick it out by state, soil type, and look at everyone’s yield data.”

Many seed providers market yields in ideal soil conditions, rather than those present in specific parts of the country. 

Wappel plans to put out 5,000 acres of corn this spring. He believes the network will get even better with time. 

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