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FREE! App for Mapping and Scouting

October 16, 2012 - Use the free Connected Farm™ app on your smartphone to map field boundaries, flag points of interest, and enter scouting information.  Scouting attributes include an extensive list of weeds, insects and diseases, and allows you to log the severity of a problem, crop conditions, and more.

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JunoSB Survey Contest Winner

October 3, 2012 - Scott Cogdill of Huxley, IA was randomly selected as the winner of the Juno SC handheld computer.  Thanks to everyone for participating in the Mobile Technology Survey Contest.



Updated Educational Lesson Plans Now Available

September 17, 2012 - New lesson plans for schools are now available for those who are subscribed to the Educational Update Service Plan (EUSP).  The lesson plans include five new chapters while updating the ten previous ones. 

Lessons include:

  1. Restoring a Backup Project
  2. Setting up Farms and Fields
  3. Entering a Field Record - Planting
  4. Entering a Field Record - Spraying
  5. Entering a Field Record - Harvesting and Enterprising
  6. Purchasing Supplies with Accounting
  7. Purchasing Equipment with Accounting
  8. Drawing a Field Boundary Using Aerial Imagery
  9. Creating a Soil Sample Map
  10. Importing Yield Data
  11. Importing Soil Type Maps
  12. Importing Soil Lab Data
  13. Creating a Basic Prescription Map
  14. Creating a Prescription Map Using a Formula
  15. Entering a Harvested Crop Sales Contract

What are lesson plans?

Lesson plans are included with the EUSP.  The lesson plans include a printable student workbook, precision ag data that is used with the student workbook, and a teacher guide that provides the instructor with helpful suggestions including the answer key for each chapter.  Each chapter provides students a hands-on learning experience with precision agriculture and farm business management.  Lesson plans are updated every year to match the most current version.



Drainage Video Using Surface Software

September 6, 2012: Andy Zimmerman of Hicksville, Ohio explains how he uses Trimble's WM-Drain™ farm drainage solution to survey, analyze, design, install, and map surface and subsurface drainage. The solution helps him drain water efficiently and accurately for his customers.



Successful Farming Article - Analyzing Machinery Costs

August 9, 2012 — The August issue of the Successful Farming explains how two different farmers (Mike Blashill and Shannon Roder) use Farm Works to manage their machinery costs.

Successful Farming - Analyzing Machinery Costs



Take a Survey and WIN A JUNO!

August 4, 2012 - Register to win a free Trimble® Juno® SB handheld computer.  This handheld allows you to calculate field acreage, locate soil sample points by grid or zone, scout for pests or problem areas, or to collect important field records.  The handheld includes a built-in GPS receiver with an accuracy of 2-3 meters and a built-in camera for geo-referencing photos when scouting.
 
The Juno is fully compatible with the Farm Works™ office software.  Includes a USB cable to synchronize the data back to your office computer.  Sending data wirelessly to the office is also possible by using Wi-Fi technology and Office Sync.
 
Click on the link below for your chance to win.  Only one entry per person in the United States and Canada is accepted.  Winning Juno does not include Farm Works Mobile.  The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, September 28, 2012. 

TAKE THE SURVEY AND WIN!



New Manuals Available (English Only)

July 16, 2012 - Farm Works Software® has released a new version (English only) of the manual for Mapping, Accounting, and Surface software.  To download the latest PDF manual for each, click on the links below.

Farm Works Mapping: http://www.farmworks.com/files/manuals//FW_Mapping_English.pdf

Farm Works Accounting: http://www.farmworks.com/files/manuals//FW_Accounting_English.pdf

Farm Works Surface: http://www.farmworks.com/files/manuals//FW_Surface_English.pdf



Version 2012.04.521 Now Available

July 13, 2012 - Farm Works Software® has released version 2012.04.521 of the Office software.


Enhancements include:

  • Edit of Completed Drainage Layer – Available in Surface for optional editing of completed drainage layer. Editing a completed drainage layer is important when accidental logging occurs on the Trimble FmX® display.
  • Advanced Guidance Line Management – Available in Surface for planning and managing guidance lines for planting, record as-driven lines, and distribution of lines for harvest. This feature allows you to take lines from another source (such as elevation contours created with the Surface Levee Tool) and generate parallel lines that can be used for planting and other functions. You can then take as planted (and other lines) and automatically create row lines that can be used for applications that are done on a row by row basis. This functionality is particularly useful for sugarcane farms and requires version 6.6 of the Trimble FmX display.
  • Updated Map Printing – Available in Surface so that tile lines that have multiple sizes will print lengths on a map when Range Count is turned on.
  • Added "Smoothing" to Drainage Design - Available in Surface to allow smoothing of drainage design.  The selection of low, medium, and high matches the Autoslope functionality with WM-Drain™ on the Trimble FmX® display.
  • Updated John Deere GS2 and GS3 Firmware – Available in Mapping for reading and writing the latest data formats to the John Deere GS2 and GS3 display.
  • Updated Precision Planting Firmware – Available in Mapping for reading and writing the latest data formats to the Precision Planting 20/20 Seedsense display.
  • Modified Edit Mode for Bing™ Imagery Layer – Available in Mapping so that imagery button works while in edit mode.

Customers of the Office software who are subscribed to the Update Service Plan (USP) will automatically receive these features by selecting “Check for Updates" located under the Help menu.  Another option is to use the download link: http://www.farmworks.com/support/downloads.php



Attend the ICPA on July 16-18

July 10, 2012 — Farm Works Software® will be exhibiting at the International Precision Ag Conference (ICPA) in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 16-18, 2012.  Come check out the latest innovations in software, mobile computers, and Connected Farm™ at booth #32.  



User Story - Planting with Connected Farm
June 12, 2012 - Crossroads Family Farm of Fortville, Indiana was introduced to Trimble’s Connected Farm™ in the spring of 2012.
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Connected Farm is an integrated operations management solution that combines hardware and software to increase efficiency and improve decision making.  “We cover thousands of acres in seven counties, so you can imagine how hard it is to manage data and make it useful.  Timing is everything when some fields are 50 miles from the office,” says Brad.

To assist with data management, Crossroads started with Office Sync.  Office Sync provides wireless data transfer between the office and field using a cellular modem called the DCM-300.  Cellular options of Verizon and AT&T are available through Trimble.  "Using wireless technology for data transfer was a huge time saver by allowing our office staff to receive the information at the end of the job, which was not possible using USB flash drives or memory cards," says Brad.  Having the data quicker allowed the farm to find sensor miscalibrations, reconcile inventories, and update accounting records for landlord billing.  The farm also uses Farm Works™ Mapping software to view maps and print numerous field reports – an important piece of the Connected Farm.


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