On The Land – ProductionWise with Melanie Bates

Melanie Bates from the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) explains how ProductionWise is used for compliance in New Zealand.

Version 4.1 Update Supercharges Adviser App

GrainGrowers is pleased to announce ProductionWise version 4.1

Adviser App Improvements

  • New activity selection screen
  • View growers paddock diary
  • View growers farm plans
  • View submitted and un-submitted recommendations in separately sorted lists
  • Use saved operation templates when creating recommendations
  • Create and approve multi-farm recommendations

General App Improvements

  • Set the mixing order of operation inputs with drag and drop
  • Improved sorting of numbered paddocks
  • Vastly improved sync time
  • Relocated account tab in left menu
  • Styling improvements

Adviser Website Improvements

  • Register new growers as a contact from the connections page to quickly setup a new grower and create recommendations
  • All new recommendation report creation page
  • Create and approve multi-farm recommendaitons
  • Import old recommendation PDF’s into the GrainGrowers cloud for future reference and safe keeping

General Website Improvements

  • Custom reports are now processed offline and emailed to you when complete
  • Custom reports now suppports chemical group filtering
  • Record trial crop variety names by selecting other and adding the name manually
  • Implement selection in operation forms now defaults to the last used
  • Recently used operation comments are displayed for quick reuse
  • Farm plan reports show nutrient NPKS totals for each paddock
  • Errors on the gross margin page are highlighted
  • Edit operation and input errors directly from the gross margin pageExport and import farm map KML’s
  • Set the mixing order of operation inputs with drag and drop
  • Farm map layer settings are remembered

New Subscription Feature

  • See rainfall, temperature, Delta T, wind speed and direction, every hour, for every farm using our unique 1km climate gird. Plan your week of operations.
  • Update APSIM soil characterisation database

Plus many other new features, improvements and fixes.

Version 4.0 Redesign Update

GrainGrowers is pleased to announce ProductionWise version 4.0

ProductionWise version 4.0 brings many new features including;

  • Interface Redesign
  • Streamlined modern interface
  • Improved site navigation
  • Improved farm map and colour coded paddock crop status

Paddocks Page

  • Operation forms now have a paddocks tab
  • Operations can be applied to multiple paddocks in your account
  • Edit & delete multi-paddock operations after saving
  • New paddock diary layout and activity filtering

New Farm Plans Page

  • Advanced farm plan creation tools
  • Create farm plans and share them with your adviser
  • Publish farm plans to see them as planned operations in your paddock diary
  • Save farm plans as a formal PDF document

Subscriber Farms Page

  • Average farm soil moisture
  • Current drought status
  • Last 5 day rainfall
  • Next 5 day rainfall forecast
  • Spray & operation planner 5 day weather forecast

ProductionWise App Version 1.3

  • New paddocks tab for each operation
  • Add, edit and delete multi-paddock operations
  • Style improvements

Plus many other new features, improvements and fixes.

ProductionWise version 4.0 is the largest update to ProductionWise in its 8 year history and the result of 6 months of development.

GrainGrowers Acquires PASource

Grain Growers Limited today announced the acquisition of online precision agriculture entity PASource.

The move signals a game changer for Australian grain growers in relation to the way they collect, analyse and apply farm-related data in their decision making.

As part of the purchase, data generated through PASource will be integrated into GrainGrowers popular online crop management system ProductionWise.

?For the first time Australian growers will have the ability to collect and analyse spatial data and farm management activities on the one platform,? CEO Alicia Garden said.

“ProductionWise users will benefit from the increased functionality powered by PASource with new features set to be available by July this year.?

Ms Garden said the investment by GrainGrowers was an acknowledgement of the increased move by farmers towards precision agriculture-enabled equipment – much of which has the capability to collect and retain large tracts of farm data.

“Recent research by the Australian Farm Institute heralds the increased use of digital technology and the application of data by Australian farmers as the next big improvement in efficiency and profitability,? Ms Garden said.

This is preceded only by the mechanical revolution in the early 1900s and the scientific revolution of the years between 1960 and 1990.

Ms Garden said Australian grain growers were being increasingly better served by public domain spatial data including satellite imagery relevant to crop growth, weather and soils.

“The key to successfully leveraging both farmer-collected and public data is knowing what happened in the paddock.?

“GrainGrowers integration of PASource within ProductionWise is the first step in the process.?

PASource was developed in 2011 by grain grower and researcher Ben Jones in conjunction with the AGRIvision group of agronomists.

Farming at the time Dr Jones identified a need for a simple way to translate spatial data into meaningful information for growers and their advisors.

“The data itself is not complicated ? it is more the processes required to transform the data into useful information,? Dr Jones said.

He said the complexity was in getting the data, checking its validity, processing it and presenting it in ways that maximised its use and application.

?At the end of the day farmers and agronomists want simplicity when managing and analysing several sources of data. The integration of PASource within ProductionWise will deliver this,? Dr Jones said.

ProductionWise allows the user to apply digital tools to record on-farm activities and operations in the interests of achieving better traceability, improved accountability and higher outputs through smarter farming.

Ms Garden said the integration of PASource and ProductionWise positioned GrainGrowers as Australia?s leading provider of online precision-agriculture support tools.

?GrainGrowers? vision is to develop and promote a more efficient, sustainable and profitable sector for Australian grain farmers ? the acquisition announced today?s significantly progresses this vision,? Ms Garden said.

Learn more about?PASource

Version 3.2 Adviser Subscription

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 3.2

Adviser Subscription

Advisers can now access all the decision tools for their connected growers.

The decision tools available to advisers include;

Crop Tracker
Seasonal Climate
Drought Monitor
Gross Margin
Forecast Operation Planner
All existing adviser accounts have been given a complementary six month subscription, new adviser accounts can take advantage of the free one month trial period.

Site Optimizations and Bug Fixes

Fixed an issue preventing highly detailed paddock maps from saving

Version 3.0 Operation Templates & Farm Plans

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce?ProductionWise version 3.0

Operation Templates

Templates is a new page for growers and advisers to reduce repetitive data entry.

  • Growers and advisers can save groups of operations and inputs using the new templates page
  • Saved templates can be used when entering operations into the paddock diary
  • Advisers can use templates when creating recommendations

Farm Plans

Farm plans have been further improved with?several new features.

  • Added a farm map of each farm in the report, highlighting the paddocks which are part of the plan
  • Plans are?sorted by farm and paddock so sections can easily be removed and handed to employees
  • Table of contents added to allow easy navigation of large reports

5 day Forecast

Subscribers can now access the 5 day forecast by clicking the weather icon above the map

  • Growers can access the 5 day forecast from the my farm & my paddocks pages
  • Advisers can access the 5 day forecast from the grower details page for their connected subscribed growers
  • Added temperature, rain and wind values to the mouse over details for each hour period
  • Improved climate icons to better represent the most critical risk for the hour period

APSIM Soils Map

  • The Google map layer button now has an option to turn on the APSIM soils layer
  • All APSIM soil characterisation locations within 50km of the farm are displayed for reference
  • APSIM soils are shown automatically when mapping paddocks to assist with the soil characterisation selection process

System Limit Changes

  • Increased the limit of grain storages per farm to 100
  • Removed the limitation that prevented paddocks being mapped 10km from your farm

Adviser Recommendations Page

  • Updated layout to improve?navigation through your?history of recommendations

Site Optimizations and Bug Fixes

  • This release includes many minor improvements and bug fixes that our users have reported. If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via the in-page feedback form to let us know so we can rectify them immediately.

Version 2.9 Adviser Dashboard Climatics

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

Adviser Dashboard

The adviser dashboard has been updated to include four climatic indicators for each connected farm. You can now see the current conditions and forecasted rainfall before you plan your inspections.

Climatics

  • Soil moisture percent full and actual millimetres
  • Drought index
  • Past five?days rainfall
  • Next five?days forecasted rainfall

Dashboard Features

  • Clicking on a climatic indicator displays further details
  • Farm list can be sorted by grower, farm or?any of the climatic indicators

Site Optimization & Bug Fixes

  • This release includes many minor improvements and bug fixes that our users have reported. If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via the in-page feedback form to let us know so we can rectify them immediately.

Version 2.8 APSIM Irrigation Scheduling Update

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

Crop Tracker

  • APSIM soil moisture added to the Crop Tracker chart
  • See predicted soil moisture for the remainder of the season
  • Monitor the effectiveness of irrigation events
  • Schedule upcoming irrigation operations
  • View your soils plant available water capacity and saturation limits

Paddock Soil Characterisation

  • When mapping a paddock you can now select from the nearest 50 soils from the APSIM soils database

My Reports

  • Create reports on paddock observations and filter on weed, pest or disease stresses
  • Paddock operation reports can now filter by actuals, recommendations and planned activity types

Site Optimization & Bug Fixes

  • This release includes many minor improvements and bug fixes that our users have reported. If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via the feedback form to let us know so we can rectify them immediately.

Version 2.7 APSIM Upgrade Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

APSIM v7.7 Yield Simulations

APSIM has been upgraded to provide the latest code base for simulating crop yield predictions including:

  • The ability to simulate?more crop varieties
  • Additional soil characterisations are now available in some regions
  • ProductionWise now supports sorghum crop type

Crop Tracker

  • Status indicator of required information to assist with simulating accurate yield?predictions
  • Status indicator provides the ability to see what critical operation details?are missing
  • Crop Tracker chart?now shows simulated crop growth stage

Seasonal Climate

  • Ability to export 10-day seasonal climate data for?current and?previous years
  • Subscribers now receive a 10-daily climate summary email for each farm mapped
  • Summary includes year to date rainfall, soil moisture and drought index

Adviser Functionality

  • Ability to view clients farm map based on colour coded crop type

Site Optimization & Bug Fixes

  • This release includes many minor improvements and bug fixes that our users have reported. If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via the feedback form to let us know so we can rectify them immediately.