WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group has made updates to its CDF App to make harvest delivery updates and site service information efficient while also addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures for the upcoming harvest.

Set to be released next week, Ben Macnamara, chief operations officer of CBH, said the aim of the app was to make harvest deliveries more efficient.

“We continue our work to reduce the time growers and transporters spend on site so they can get back to the paddocks quicker,” Macnamara said. “Growers acknowledge and appreciate how the CDF app, with its real time information and easy-to-use functions, helps make grain delivering more efficient and are always providing suggestions into how we can make the app better for them.

“With the latest update, we’ve listened to feedback and incorporated time saving features that eliminate the need to juggle multiple apps for important harvest information and deliveries.”

A new feature of the CDF app is the integration of the CBH Notifier app.

Growers and transporters will now be able to receive real-time notifications on harvest information, such as site opening times, segregation services, harvest bans or weather impacts. 

Other new features and improvements include:

  • Ability for growers to search for segregations closest to them either by distance or within a zone
  • Improved log in process, including touch ID or facial recognition if enabled on the device
  • Better record keeping with growers and transporters able to add notes to loads during and after delivery
  • Favorite sites, deliverers and trucks maintained from last season 

Growers and transporters will still be able to access existing features, including real-time information on site queue and cycle times and track their deliveries from paddock to site in real time.

“Another great feature of the CDF app is its connection with the crop estimates tool Paddock Planner,” Macnamara said. “If growers entered their estimates in Paddock Planner, all the information, including property details, commodity and variety are automatically synced to the CDF app, which will make harvest deliveries even easier and ensures site personnel have access to the right information.”

Along with efficiency updates, CBH took to the opportunity to utilize the app to support COVID-19 protocols implemented at sites throughout the network. The goal is to help provide a safe and healthy environment.

Macnamara said CBH had reviewed every delivery activity that requires growers and transporters to leave their truck and enter a sample shed or grid with a view to ensuring social distancing and other measures can occur to reduce the risk of possible transmission.

“We strongly encourage growers to download or update the CDF app when it’s released and start setting up for harvest,” Macnamara said. “In particular, we would like growers to set preferences for communications such as weighbridge tickets to be received by email rather than having these printed and then having to collect it in person.

“The CDF app and these functions can reduce the amount of contact required between truck drivers and CBH personnel.”