This is some of the Tech Bushel is Using

Written by: Brady Drake

Nathan Joraanstad
Director of Engineering, Bushel

Nathan Joraanstad is the Director of Engineering at Bushel, a company revolutionizing agriculture by “connecting the supply chain with digital tools to streamline your operation.”

About Bushel

“Bushel is an independently owned software company and leading provider of software technology solutions for growers, grain buyers, ag retailers, protein producers and food companies.”

-From the Bushel Website


“After ChatGPT launched at the end of 2022, our team has been exploring ways it can help us be more productive—from helping craft an email to writing SQL queries.”

Microsoft Azure Devops

“Bushel has heavily adopted Azure DevOps for code repositories (managing our code and continued changes) and deployment pipelines (pushing that code to our servers or deploying applications to app stores), otherwise known as continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD).”

Google Cloud Platform

“Rather than hosting and maintaining our own servers, Bushel chose Google Cloud Platform to quickly scale up, scale down, or add new servers for our running applications. It also provides significant security protection and redundancy capabilities.”

Google Workspace

“Bushel heavily relies on Google’s Business Suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc.) for communication and collaboration. Bushel was even spotlighted at Google I/O in 2021 for the way we have adopted their tools within the company.


‘If there isn’t a Jira ticket, it’s not going to get done.’ – Anonymous Bushel Team Member

“Jira is a very popular task management solution, particularly in the software space. Jira is our source of truth for what needs to be done and the current status of an initiative or project.”


“How much do we use Slack, the popular messaging platform? We have awards for the smartest, wittiest conversations. Are there lengthy threads debating the best way to make a peanut butter sandwich? Absolutely. But there are thousands of other conversations happening to help us check in and communicate asynchronously both internally and externally.”


“When the world came to a halt in 2020, Bushel’s use of Zoom for video conferencing skyrocketed like most organizations. Now we have a hybrid workspace to make both remote and in-office team members feel connected during meetings. It’s been a critical tool to help us maintain our company culture and connection with employees around the country.”


“Miro is an online whiteboard tool that allows local and remote employees or customers to interact with one another in real-time. It is a great tool for brainstorming sessions, collaboration on process definition, and prioritization discussions.”


“Postman is an API platform that allows Bushel employees to test our internal or third-party APIs. This allows developers to quickly verify required request parameters, response structure, and other important information needed to communicate across software systems. It is also useful in making requests to APIs in a more usable format than accessing the APIs through a customer-facing application.”

A Look Back at The 2020 List

Bushel was featured in our 2020 Tech on Tech issue. Check out the recommendations they gave to us back then, some way still be very helpful for your business!


What they said: “Jenkins is a continuous integration (CI) tool utilized by multiple development teams at Bushel. It provides us with a way to automate compilation, test running, and, in some cases, deployment of our software. Jenkins alone saves us thousands of developer hours every year.”


What they said: “Harvest is the time track app we use at Bushel. It serves many purposes such as illustrating employee effort, billing the client, and tracking cost vs. estimates for projects.”


What they said: “Jira is a proprietary issue tracking product developed by Atlassian. It provides bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management functions. Jira serves as a progress-tracking platform for the company, making sure that each project has a clear definition of what has been accomplished, what is remaining to be accomplished, and the status of each of the items that are currently in progress.”

Docker and Kubernetes

What they said: “Our development and operations teams package web applications into Docker containers to ensure consistent deployments across environments and provide an additional layer of isolation. We use Kubernetes to orchestrate the deployment of the containers, providing high-availability, self-healing, and automated traffic routing.”


What they said: “Bushel’s development team utilizes a variety of IDEs and tools for their software development. Among these are IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, Xcode, Android Studio, and Visual Studio. We utilize a wide variety of languages and frameworks as well, including PHP with Laravel, Java/Kotlin with Spring/Spring Boot or Karaf, Javascript/Typescript with React, C# with ASP.NET, among others. As should be clear, our development team is using a lot of different tools/resources to make sure that our software solutions are effective and efficient.”

Slack (still being used!)

What they said: “Slack is the messaging platform we use in order to communicate amongst team members and other members of the company. Slack enables us to be more efficient in our communication than trying to do so through email.


What they said: “Officevibe is a web-based employee engagement platform to conduct employee surveys and receive feedback to measure employee satisfaction and generate business inputs. The platform anonymously collects employee feedback and shares automated notifications of the feedback generated with managers. The reports feature of the software provides real-time analysis of the surveys and feedback based on geography, team, and department. The platform also assists human resource teams to conduct onboarding surveys.”


What they said: “Figma is a cloud-based design tool used by our design and development teams that shows real-time work within design projects. Teammates collaborate on the same file at the same time. This helps our teams maintain transparency of what is to be built, efficiency in communication, and changes in real-time.”


What they said: “HubSpot is a platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and CRM software. We use Hubspot to consolidate our tools to create team efficiency and total unification of data across multiple teams.”

Contact Bushel
Website |
Facebook | /getbushel
Email | [email protected]
Youtube | @bushelpowered
Instagram | /company/bushelpowered
Twitter | @bushelpowered

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