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Delphos Coop

About Delphos Coop

Delphos Coop is a leading agribusiness located in south central Kansas, specializing in grain origination and ag retail. As a member-owned cooperative, the company is committed to supporting and empowering farmers in their community to help them succeed in their farming operations. With a dedicated team of knowledgeable employees and a strong commitment to customer service, Delphos Coop helps farmers achieve their agricultural goals by providing them with agronomic solutions and products to maximize crop yield, improve farm efficiency, manage risk, enhance sustainability, and ensure product quality and safety. Brett Courson has been the general manager for the past three years.

Their Opportunity

One of the key goals of the cooperative is to help its members buy and sell their grain at a fair price. Each month, Courson meets with branch managers to talk about how they can improve and provide better access to markets. One improvement that they identified was to help farmers find market information more easily – cash bids, futures markets, news resources and other items that farmers need to stay up-to-date.

Additionally, phone calls from farmers asking about prices were taking a lot of their staff’s time, negatively impacting their ability to get their other high-priority work done throughout the day. 

Courson knew that technology could help. When he took on the general manager role, one of his first initiatives was updating technology around the cooperative. “You have to adapt to the market and stay ahead. It’s changing constantly. Once you get behind, it’s so expensive to catch up,” he said. 

The Solution

To address these challenges, Delphos Coop implemented Bushel’s mobile app and web portal to provide farmers with access to the information they need on a daily basis. According to Courson, the platform also enabled the company to send timely updates and offers to farmers, improving communication and engagement. “The platform has all the most important things in their day-to-day lives: checking prices, signing contracts, paying invoices, etc. It has everything they need for the day in one package,” he said. 

Delphos Coop doesn’t rely just on the farmers checking out the app and web portal: it also takes advantage of in-app notifications to notify farmers of market reports or significant changes in futures or cash bid prices.  “Bushel has been a game-changer for us. It has allowed us to provide real-time pricing information to farmers through automated messages, eliminating the need for them to call and inquire about prices.”

Their Results

Forty less phone calls per day is what Delphos Coop has seen since implementing Bushel. But this doesn’t mean conversations stopped happening. Rather Bushel’s tools allow grain merchandisers to be proactive, better researched, calling farmers and having more intentional conversations about market timing and grain sales. “This has been one of the biggest moves to help our customers,” Courson said. 

Delphos Coop sees about 36% of their farmers using their app – higher than the industry average of 25% app adoption. Courson said even the most tech-averse farmers who hesitated before downloading the app now remark how easy it is. The marketing kit that Bushel provided to help Delphos promote the app to farmers included flyers and brochures. Delphos Coop shared these at their locations to give farmers easy step-by-step instructions to log in and access their information. 

They also recently launched the ability to set up digital payments between the farmer and the Coop, which streamlined their payment process and eliminated the need to send checks to out-of-state landlords. Those landlords will start seeing payment immediately rather than waiting 15 days for the check to arrive. 

“Bushel has been a game-changer for us. It has allowed us to provide real-time pricing information to farmers through automated messages, eliminating the need for them to call and inquire about prices.”

– Brett Courson, general manager

Delphos Cooperative Association

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