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Progressive Farmer - Tech Heads in Ag

March 6, 2012 - Tech Heads

DTN/The Progressive Farmer went looking for a few tech heads, and we offer you a glimpse at how three of them use digital technologies in innovative ways.

Joe Hartung, 27, Arena, Wisconsin

Chris Eschhofen, 52, Bryan, Ohio

Dietrich Kastens, 40, Herndon, Kansas

Version 2012.03.517 Now Available

February 10, 2012 - Farm Works Software® has released version 2012.03.517 of the Office and View software.  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:

Office software enhancements include:

  • Attach Invoices and Receipts to Transactions – Available in Accounting for attaching any number of files to each transaction. This can be used to attach scanned copies of source documents (such as invoices & check stubs). This feature also includes a "Create" button that allows you to create a text file with any amount of text (for long notes) that will be attached to the transaction. Attached files can be viewed by clicking on the Paperclip button in the Account register or in the Trial Balance details.
  • Equipment Efficiency Report – Available in Mapping or Accounting for listing equipment details for each job including the acres/hectares worked, hours worked, and yield.  It then computes efficiency based on the acres/hectares per hour and the yield per hour.  The report can be grouped either by field, equipment, or personnel and is intended as a way to evaluate the efficiency of equipment and personnel.  The report can be printed or exported as a .csv file.
  • Support for Exporting VRA Maps to Muller Controllers – Available in Mapping the "Write Job Data" box now offers an export option for Muller Controllers.
  • Boundary Editing Includes Split Tool – Available in Mapping when you are editing a field boundary, the program will now give you the Split tools which can be used to split the field into different sections.
  • Support for CNH Boundaries, Guidance, and Obstacle Maps — Available in Mapping for reading Case IH and New Holland data. When one of these options is selected, the software will read in boundary, guidance, and obstacle maps collected with a Pro 600 or Pro 700 display. This same data will export back to the display via Write Job Data.

View software enhancements include:

  • Create Inputs (People, Equipment, and Supplies) - Capability to set up people, equipment, and supplies (which work with Read & Write Job data with supported precision ag devices).
  • Print Job Summary Report - This report gives job details including dates/times worked, product usage, equipment usage, labor usage and field and weather conditions.
  • Layer Animation Tool - A tool for painting a map on the screen in the order that it was created. The feature includes a drop-down list where you can speed up or slowdown the playback. This feature is useful for displaying maps such as spray, planting and harvest maps. This makes it possible to review the order and direction that a field was farmed.
  • Support for CNH Boundaries, Guidance, and Obstacle Maps — Available for reading Case IH and New Holland data. When one of these options is selected, the software will read in boundary, guidance, and obstacle maps collected with a Pro 600 or Pro 700 display. This same data will export back to the display via Write Job Data.

The View upgrade is for customers who are using the Farm Works View software only. Customers must use the download link to install these features:

Warning:  Do not install View if you have already installed the Farm Works office software (Mapping, Accounting, Stock, or Surface).  View is a complimentary download for those wanting to only view and print maps of precision ag data.  View can easily be upgraded to the Farm Works office software without losing any previously entered data.  The Farm Works office software provides many additional features for analyzing maps and printing job reports.

February FIN Article on Connected Farm

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.

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