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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. 


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:

Farm Works Accounting:

Farm Works Surface:

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:

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.

June 27-28 Training in Greensburg, IN

Next Generation Centre
355 Smith Rd.
Greensburg, IN  47240

June 27, 2012

  • 8am - 9am: Registration
  • 9am - 4:30pm: Training

June 28, 2012

  • 8am - 8:30am: Day 1 Review
  • 8:30am - 4:30pm: Training

Please call Roger Dumond at 1-812-663-5081 or email to register for this class.

Vehicle Sync Now Available
 May 29, 2012 - Vehicle Sync is a component of Trimble's Connected Farm™ solution. Vehicle Sync allows real-time wireless data transmission between multiple vehicles operating in the same field.
/ index / VS_(100x300).jpg Users with vehicles that are equipped with a combination of the FmX® integrated display and a DCM-300 modem with a simple unlock can allow vehicles to share guidance lines, coverage mapping, point/area/line features, as well as the vehicle icons of other operating units within a field.

Operators or managers no longer need a USB drive to move the data from one unit to another during critical operating times of the year. This improves operational efficiency and accuracy with up-to-date information being shared in real-time.

Farm Progress Article - Mapping Tile Lines

May 11, 2012 — The May edition of the Farm Progress Indiana Prairie Farmer explains how one farmer uses Farm Works™ Mobile to map his tile lines so that they are easier to find in the future.

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Michigan Farmer Offers Tips to Beginners

April 26, 2012 - Mike Blashill of Croswell, MI has enjoyed his recent success with Farm Works and would like to share his experience with others.  He purchased the Farm Works program in 2001 and admitted that other priorities at the time forced him to stop using it.  Mike says, “I had good intentions of using the software, but the timing of the purchase combined with my limited computer experience was just too much to overcome”.  Mike admits that it wasn’t the software’s fault; it was just too easy to go back to the old way of tracking records which involved filing receipts in a plastic container and sorting them before tax season.

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