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February 9, 2012 - Data Analysis Lessons from Indy Family Farms

Last fall, access to real-time yield monitor data paid off big-time for Indy Family Farms.  Soon after yield data from each harvested field began to roll in via a new wireless communication system, Chester Birch and Dan Moeller had confirmed what they had feared — yields were running lower than expected.

Great American Insurance Announcement

Jan. 17, 2012—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a strategic alliance with Great American Insurance Group to help farmers automate their crop insurance reporting under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Program. The new recordkeeping system makes it possible for Farm Works™ users to submit their crop insurance records electronically to Great American Insurance Group. The time-saving solution makes it simple for farmers to transfer planting and harvest data directly to the Great American Insurance Group systems from their Farm Works Mapping software.

The announcement was made today at the Trimble Agriculture Reseller Conference.

Farm Works Reorganizes Office Solutions

Jan. 17, 2012 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced a product reorganization within its Farm Works™ Information Management division. Office software solutions for field record keeping, mapping and analysis that were once sold separately are available as one complete solution: Farm Works Mapping. This solution maintains its simple interface for exchanging precision agriculture mapping and field records data while providing more functionality, analysis, and reporting options.

In addition, Farm Works Accounting now includes all the cash and accrual accounting functionality as well as crop record keeping tools. The accounting software provides a full general ledger system for managing financial records with the flexibility to integrate with the Farm Works Mapping software to show precision farming’s return on investment. .

Farm Works Mapping retails for US$750 and Farm Works Accounting for US$750. Existing customers with an Update Service Plan subscription will receive the new integrated solutions at no charge.

New Video: Transferring Yield Data

December 15, 2011 - Ed Groholski (grower in Burlington, Michigan) talks about his complete Trimble® solution and how it helps him manage his yield data during harvest. The FmX® display in the combine captures his harvest information and simplifies data management by sending it wirelessly back to the office.

Featured Story: Accounting Success

December 1, 2011 — Autumn Hofer of Mitchell, SD shares her successful journey using the Farm Works accounting software.  

Staying Connected at Indy Family Farms

November 4, 2011 - Indy Family Farms in Greenwood, Indiana is staying more connected with their precision ag data.  They are a fifth generation farm that managed 1200 acres in 1996 and have expanded 10-fold today, covering five counties southwest of Indianapolis.  The farm has struggled with the logistics of managing data because the fields can be over 50 miles away from the home office.  The Connected Farm™ solution was introduced to the farm in Spring 2011 and now plays a big role in their data collection.  Dan Moeller, technology specialist for the farm, handles the farm precision ag data and utilizes the Farm Works™ office solutions to analyze and print reports.  Dan states, “The Connected Farm has been a great asset to the farm by streamlining data management, eliminating the need for a physical (USB) storage device delivered to the office for data transfer.  Prior to Connected Farm, it was difficult for us to receive the data from the storage device in a timely manner.  Now when the combine operator completes a harvest job on the Trimble® FmX® display, the data appears on my computer within the hour.”

Yuma Docking Stations Now Available

October 17, 2011 - The Trimble Yuma Vehicle Docking Station, compatible with RAM Mount components, can be installed in virtually any vehicle and expands the connectivity of the Yuma tablet computer. When mounted on the docking station, the Yuma tablet can automatically connect to its peripheral devices, including an optional external GPS antenna. With its quick release, the Vehicle Docking Station allows users to easily remove the Yuma tablet computer and carry it in the field. The docking station is connected to the vehicle’s electrical system, enabling the tablet’s batteries to charge while the vehicle is running.

The functionality of the Trimble Yuma tablet can be further expanded with the Office Docking Station for connecting to an external monitor, printer, or other office peripherals. The dock also provides two bays for recharging a spare set of batteries for your tablet.

Version 2012 Now Available

September 6, 2011-  Farm Works Software® has released Version 2012.  Some of the major additions to the office solutions include:

  • Harvested Crop Sales Contracts - Enter contracts and print reports to better manage the position of your unsold crops as well as to manage delivery on contracts.
  • Variety Layer - Converts planting data into polygons so that these maps can be sent out to variety locator features on supported displays including the Trimble® FmX™.
  • Yield Variety Report - Enables you to take a yield map and merge it with the variety layer to better understand which varieties performed better.
  • Copy of Attributes for Lines, Polygons, and Points - Allows the ability to copy attributes of a line, polygon, and point from one layer to another.
  • Support for Trimble FmX Variety Locator
  • 3D Drainage Design and Verification Capability - Layout and design drainage tile by size, pipe type, phase, then enter the minimum depth, maximum depth, and optimum grade for each. Make adjustments based on profile view as needed and set and change water outlet direction.

To view additional features in Version 2012, please click here

To download version 2012, click here.  This download provides a complete office install for Trac, Funds, Stock, Site, Pro, and Surface.  In order to download the latest version, you must be subscribed to the Update Service Plan (USP).  If you are not subscribed to the USP, you can order one by utilizing the Farm Works Store or by calling 1-800-225-2848.

If you have previously installed version 2011 or older of Farm Works Office, you will need new software product codes in order to install version 2012.  If you are subscribed to the USP and you have a Farm Works store account, you can access your version 2012 software codes by visiting the Farm Works Store and logging into your store account.  Your updated version 2012 software codes will be listed in the “My Software” tab of the Store.  If you do not have a store account, you can access your version 2012 software codes by calling 1-800-225-2848.

New! Office Manual for Version 2012

September 30, 2011 — Farm Works Software® has released a new manual for the office solutions (Trac, Funds, Site, Pro, and Surface) for Version 2012 or higher.  Detailed help on key features of Version 2012 (such as 3D design within Surface or harvested crop sales contracts within Funds) can be found in this manual.

Soil Sampling Video

September 27, 2011 - Grower and consultant Chris Eschoffen discusses how he uses the rugged Trimble® Yuma® computer and Farm Works™ Mobile software for soil sampling.

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