Case Study: Storage Investment Decision Tool

Soybean and corn (safrinha) storage is clearly about grain quality, but it is also about space and time. Individual grain producers need to know where to locate private storage facilities. They also need to know the competitive landscape; who are the buyers in their selling area.


Mato Grosso, Brazil is the largest agricultural state in the world, producing over 40 million metric tons of soybean and maize. It is also the region with the fastest growth rate of maize production in the world, growing at a compound annual growth rate of over 18% a year since 2000. But Mato Grosso is important to study and understand for much more fundamental and powerful reasons. Public infrastructure is extremely poor, private grain storage is lacking, the tropical soils are inhospitable, environmental concerns are highly relevant, distances to ports are lengthy, yet agribusiness flourishes in this low latitude environment. Thus the industry provides a robust case study for the growth and development of the tropical production and processing of broad acre crops such as soybean, maize, cotton, export quality beef, pork, and poultry, and biofuels. Much of the low latitude band around the globe, 15°N to 15°S, suffers from low agricultural productivity, poverty, and malnutrition. Mato Grosso, Brazil, a laboratory for study, shows how agribusiness research and development, environmental enforcement, strong institutions, and entrepreneurship lead to agricultural development that in turn raises the human development index.

Understand New Markets at a Local Level

Grain storage is clearly about grain quality, but it is also about space and time. A number of actors, including grain producers and buyers all require reliable and easily rendered data to make decisions about grain storage. Nautilytics’ Storage Facility Decision Tool is a single solution that addresses the specific concerns of each player Grain producers need to know where to locate private storage facilities. They also need to be informed about the competitive landscape, namely who are the buyers in their selling area. Cooperatives need to know where best to optimize new storage construction across their members, their current facilities, and their competitors. Grain buyers need to know where to locate their next facility, the available grain in their area, as well as forecasts of growth, and competition. Finally, grain storage companies need to know how to advise clients, and where the next opportunities for storage construction lie.

Storage Facility Decision Tool

Multiple Layers for Deeper Analysis

Storage Facility Decision Tool

Nautilytics’ Storage Facility Decision Tool incorporates multiple layers of localized data, such as roads, soil, weather, grain production, yields, forecasts, storage facilities and more. Each layer is subject to being filtered by the user to reduce clutter and create dynamic, presentation ready maps. The tool spatially orients all items within the layers for analysis such as assets within X kilometers and a “what if” capability to identify capacity at future sites.

Customizable for All Storage Facility Markets

Mato Grosso, Brazil may be your company’s desired market for building future storage assets and if so, the Storage Facility Decision Tool lets you upload coordinates of existing or future storage sites to understand the competitive landscape. But if another American or Asian grain market is of interest to you, the decision tool is highly customizable and flexible to accommodate any and all markets down to the county or region level.

Storage Facility Decision Tool

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