Version 2.4 Adviser Upgrade Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

Adviser Functionality

  • Product input lists show previously used products at the top
  • Farm dashboard shows if the grower approved or denied your recommendations
  • Further improvements to the recommendation report template styling

Grower Functionality

  • Product input lists show previously used products at the top
  • Spraying operations automatically populate your previous water rate
  • Grain harvests can now be recorded as kg/ha
  • My Farm page shows your recent and planned operations with warnings if the plan is overdue

Offline Grower App

  • Many back end improvements have been made in preparation for the next version of the ProductionWise Grower App that will support offline use.

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.

ProductionWise App Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce the release of its?Farm Manager?app for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

The ProductionWise Farm Manager app has been developed as a companion app to the ProductionWise website. The app provides growers?with the ability to view historical paddock activities and?record new operations and observations. The app works seamlessly with the website so that records?entered through either system?are instantly visible on all devices connected to the same account.

The key features of the app are;

  • Paddock observation, operation and input recording.
  • View historical paddock growing windows and rotations.
  • Locate Me feature that automatically selects the paddock you are closest to?using the devices GPS.
  • Favourite operations so that the most frequently accessed operations are at the top of the list.
  • Multi-paddock mode allows you to enter an operation to?a group of paddocks.
  • Farm map shows your farms and paddocks as they appear on the ProductionWise website.
  • Observations?now use the complete APVMA database listing of biotic stresses including weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Observations allow you to set the growth stage, density and action required for each observed biotic stress.

You can download the app from either the Android or iOS app stores using the links below.

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Version 2.3 Adviser Upgrade Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

Adviser Recommendation Reports

  • Recommendation forms have been vastly improved to allow advisers to enter all details for each operation and input.
  • Advisers can now sort the inputs for each recommended operation in the correct mixing order.
  • Recommendation reports now have an improved style and tools to set a custom logo, header and footer.
  • Recommendation report print & PDF now have a report summary showing total observation, operation and input requirements.
  • Observations now use the complete APVMA database listing of biotic stresses including weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Observations allow you to set the growth stage, density and action required for each observed biotic stress.

Adviser Dashboard

  • Improved layout of the adviser dashboard home page.
  • Select farm from the map to see the farm details page.
  • Improved the farm details page to manage each farm connected to an adviser account.
  • Farm details page now has links to view a growers diary, edit their farm map and create reports. If the grower is a subscriber you will have access to their decision tools including the APSIM crop simulator and Spray Planner.

Grower Connections

  • Added a new adviser connections page to manage grower connections.

Report Improvements

  • My Reports page now has a button to group multi-paddock operations together. If a report has multi-paddock operations, these can be grouped together as a single operation to reduce report length.

Site Optimisation & 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.

Summertime APSIM Ground Proofing

Now that it’s summer and harvest is well and truly finished, you may have some extra time on your hands. Why not use this time to get online and compare harvest results against your APSIM yield predictions. 

ProductionWise will compare your actual yield results against the APSIM forecast and give you a forecast accuracy percentage. The Yield & Production page is handy if you want to know how well APSIM performed across your farm. If the accuracy is below 90% you can review our previous article ‘Quick Tips – Maximising Yield Predictions’ or contact us directly so we can assist you and ensure improved accuracy for the next season. 

Yield Production Accuracy

If you have any further questions or require support please contact your local field officer:

NSW/VIC Jack Ellice-Flint 04 1826 3039
QLD Susan McDonald 04 0717 0315
SA David Evans 04 3717 6280
WA Ray Morgan 04 1795 6287

Drought Monitor Update

GrainGrowers has implemented the internationally peer reviewed Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Combined Drought Index for Australia, known as the Australian Drought Monitor. This is the first drought model developed in Australia at 1km resolution, providing ProductionWise subscribers high resolution drought status information at farm level. This is now available to all ProductionWise subscribers through the new Drought Monitor page.

Utilising GrainGrowers extensive national archive of high resolution spatial grids consisting of rainfall, temperature and normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) data, the drought monitor is derived through the statistical comparison of how the present conditions (inclusive of the last 3 months) deviate from the multi-year long-term average for the same time period.

National images of the Australian Drought Monitor are produced every 10 days and are freely available from the GrainGrowers website.

Australian Drought Monitor

Version 2.2 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise.

My Paddocks

We have removed the Year and Season selectors from My Paddocks and replaced it with a Growing Window selector. The Growing Window selector automatically groups operations in the diary by using the sowing and harvest operations. There are many benefits to this change including;

  • Crops & pastures can persist across multiple years.
  • Multiple sowing operations can be entered in one calendar year.
  • Paddock planning has been improved and has no future year limit.
  • Failed sowing operations are now supported.
  • Paddocks can be harvested multiple times.
  • View paddock rotation history at a glance in the new growing season selector.

Crop Tracker

Several improvements have been made to the Crop Tracker page improving how it displays the Growing Window and APSIM yield predictions. These improvements include;

  • Growing Window selector has replaced the year and season selectors.
  • Crop will always appear in the centre of the chart regardless of when it is sown.
  • The chart will now extend to show growing windows up to 2 years.
  • APSIM yield results for each 10 day period are now simulated on the last day of the period, not the first.
  • All paddock operations that occur in the time period visible on the chart are now shown.

Gross Margins

The new Growing Window selector has also been added to the Gross Margin page. This allows Gross Margins to be created with improved accuracy and adds support for planned seasons.

Drought Monitor

The Australian Drought Monitor utilises the internationally peer reviewed Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Combined Drought Index and GrainGrowers extensive national archive of high resolution spatial grids consisting of rainfall, temperature and normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) data. The Drought Monitor is derived through the statistical comparison of how the present conditions (inclusive of the last 3 months) deviate from the multi-year long-term average for the same time period. Drought Monitor grids are produced at 1km resolution and updated every 10 days for each of your farms.

Future Developments

The ‘ProductionWise App’ will be the next major development milestone due early next year. The app will provide users the ability to record paddock operations using a smartphone or tablet whilst in the field.

FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update October 2014

FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update

Summary

“The Spitfire Wheat in paddock 5a was observed on the 22nd of October with the crop being currently at soft dough or around GS82 and the flag leaf has senesced markedly in the last week due to some hot and windy days. Primary tiller heads are filling 3 and 4 wide. The disease pressure has been low through spring and no fungicide has been applied. The crop has struggled in the last 2 weeks and this will be reflected in the yield come harvest.” Tony Pratt – 23rd October 2014.

Yield Forecast (t/ha) Biomass (kg/ha) GSR (mm) Growth Stage

3.3

8592

182

Z79


Topdressing Scenario Planning

Urea was applied to the paddock on 14th July at the rate of 100 kg/ha. Below are the yield forecasts from different Urea rates if they were applied on the same day.

Urea 150 (t/ha) Urea 100 (t/ha) Urea 50 (t/ha) Urea 0 (t/ha)

3.3

3.3

3.2

3.0


Gross Margin Analysis

Gross Margin ($/ha) Breakeven Yield (t/ha) Breakeven Price ($)

370.68

1.92

161.00


Temora Paddock

Crop Setting Paddock Setting
Crop Type Spitfire Wheat Area 23.8 ha
Sowing Date 13th May 2014 Elevation 271 m
Sowing Rate 60 kg/ha Slope 0.1
Row Spacing 300 mm Aspect E
Implement Knife points + press wheels Soil PAWC 147 mm
Plant Density  126 (p/m2) Soil Characterisation Red Chromosol (No. 913)

FarmLink Paddock 5a


Paddock Diary

Paddock Operations Climate
Soil Test 16/01/14 NO3 = 37, NH4 = 12 mg/kg Year-to-Date rainfall 381 mm
Spraying 14/03/14 Roundup, Amicide, LI 700 Soil Moisture @ Sowing 40 mm
Spraying 09/05/14 Roundup, Goal, LI 700 Growing Season Rainfall 182 mm
Sowing 13/05/14 MAP 50 kg/ha Last Frost 20th Sep (-1°C)
Spraying 13/05/14 Gramoxone, Sakura Soil Moisture early September 10 mm
Spraying 30/05/14 Fastac Duo, Dimethoate September SOI -7.5
Spraying 04/07/14 Igran, MCPA, Ally

Similar SOI Seasons

1976, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006
Topdressing 14/07/14 Urea 100 kg/ha

Operations & Climate October


APSIM

Yield Forecast Crop Status (24 Oct)
80th Percentile 3.50 t/ha Growth Stage Z79
Median 3.27 t/ha NDVI 0.76
20th Percentile 3.22 t/ha Biomass 8592 kg/ha

APSIM & NDVI September

FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update September 2014

FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update

Summary

“The Spitfire Wheat in paddock 5a was observed again on the 8th of September and the flag leaf is well out and the canopy is filling space. The crop appears healthy with no current pest or disease pressure. The paddock has had no more applications of nitrogen. No further rain events occurred to the end of August from the 23mm of rain reported on the 17th August. We have received 3.5mm of rain for September to date and a 30cm row spacing is proving beneficial but the crop will show signs of moisture stress if no rain falls in 7-10 days. The crop is on target for an average yield.” Tony Pratt – 8th September 2014.

Yield Forecast (t/ha) Biomass (kg/ha) GSR (mm) Growth Stage

5.1

5449

141

Z46


Topdressing Scenario Planning

Urea was applied to the paddock on 14th July at the rate of 100 kg/ha. Below are the likely results from different Urea rates if they were applied on the same day.

Urea 150 (t/ha) Urea 100 (t/ha) Urea 50 (t/ha) Urea 0 (t/ha)

5.2

5.1

4.7

4.3


Gross Margin Analysis

Gross Margin ($/ha) Breakeven Yield (t/ha) Breakeven Price ($)

865.11

1.92

103.60


Temora Paddock

Crop Setting Paddock Setting
Crop Type Spitfire Wheat Area 23.8 ha
Sowing Date 13th May 2014 Elevation 271 m
Sowing Rate 60 kg/ha Slope 0.1
Row Spacing 300 mm Aspect E
Implement Knife points + press wheels Soil PAWC 147 mm
Plant Density  126 (p/m2) Soil Characterisation Red Chromosol (No. 913)

FarmLink Paddock 5a


Paddock Diary

Paddock Operations Climate
Soil Test 16/01/14 NO3 = 37, NH4 = 12 mg/kg Year-to-Date rainfall 334 mm
Spraying 14/03/14 Roundup, Amicide, LI 700 Soil Moisture @ Sowing 40 mm
Spraying 09/05/14 Roundup, Goal, LI 700 Growing Season Rainfall 141 mm
Sowing 13/05/14 MAP 50 kg/ha Last Frost 4th September (-1°C)
Spraying 13/05/14 Gramoxone, Sakura Soil Moisture early August 22 mm
Spraying 30/05/14 Fastac Duo, Dimethoate August SOI -11.4
Spraying 04/07/14 Igran, MCPA, Ally

Similar SOI Seasons

1957, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2005
Topdressing 14/07/14 Urea 100 kg/ha

Operations & Climate September


APSIM

Yield Forecast Crop Status (12 Aug)
80th Percentile 5.66 t/ha Growth Stage Z46
Median 5.07 t/ha NDVI 0.88
20th Percentile 4.08 t/ha Biomass 5449 kg/ha

APSIM & NDVI September

Version 2.1 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent developments to ProductionWise. 

My Reports

Additional filtering functionality to My Reports now enables greater flexibility to generate tailored reports from the paddock and grain diaries. Using the filters from the My Reports page enables customised vendor declarations to be generated for quality assurance purposes when delivering grain.

All paddock operations, inputs and grain operations for stored grain across your ProductionWise account can be reported on. For each report generated, summary information is provided including number of operations, total cost and average cost per hectare.

These changes provide:

  • The ability to generate reports on any paddock operations and/or grain storage operations entered
  • An alternative report view outlining either ‘Operations’ or ‘Inputs’
    • Operation View – Provides a summary and details of all operations recorded for farm planning and cost assessments
    • Inputs View – Provides a summary and details of paddock applied inputs or pesticides used in grain storage for auditing and budgeting purposes
  •  Numerous ways to access report information. Reports can be:
    • Printed using your web browser
    • Emailed to a third party
    • Exported to PDF format
    • Exported to CSV spreadsheet (with updated layout changes for easier useability)
    • Exported to Vendor Declaration spreadsheet (see below for more details)

Quality Assurance Vendor Declarations

ProductionWise now enables grain vendor declarations to be easily generated through the My Reports page ‘Export’ button. Using a standardised template, the information added when recording paddock operations and grain storage operations can now populate the vendor declaration form to show specific inputs used on a parcel of grain. The purpose of the vendor declaration is to enable growers to accurately quantify the inputs applied to grain in the paddock or in storage to provide detailed evidence of paddock and grain management practices used.

Outlined below are some simple steps to generate a QA form

  • Simply modify the filter(s) on the My Reports page to show all operations that were performed on the selected paddock(s) and/or on-farm grain storage(s) (some adjustments may be required on the filters to obtain the correct outputs)
  • Click Export to Vendor Declaration
  • Open generated vendor declaration spreadsheet and fill in any additional details not captured by ProductionWise
  • Save, print, sign and send with grain delivery

Privacy Policy Changes

We have fielded numerous concerns from users who wanted to know “where their data was being used?”, or “who would have access to it?”. ProductionWise is an industry stewardship platform designed to assist growers to better manage farming practices and provide support for the decisions that need to be made throughout the season. Third party sharing or selling users data is not what we are about and our Privacy Policy has been updated to reflect our guarantee on this position.

Site Optimisation & 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. A few of these are outlined below

  • For those using a Mac, Harvest operations can now be saved without issue
  • Entering a grazing operation no longer requires an ‘End Date’ to save the operation
  • Grain storage cleaning operation no longer requires a pesticide to be selected in order to save the operation

Future Developments

With mobility the key to entering paddock records, the ‘ProductionWise App’ will be the next major development milestone on our radar. The initial app will provide users the ability to record paddock operations using your smartphone or tablet whilst in the field.

Quick Tips – Maximising Yield Predictions

What is required to see an accurate yield prediction?

To see a basic APSIM yield prediction requires just one single management operation to be recorded. However, having only a sowing operation will not provide an indicative yield prediction and as a farmer or adviser, you would be senseless to make any future decisions from this information. To maximise the full potential of the APSIM model, the following paddock operations have the greatest effect on the yield predictions.

Presowing Operations

  • Soil Characterisation – Select the appropriate soil characterisation for a paddock when setting up your farm
  • Previous Crop – Ensure the previous seasons crop was entered including a harvest operation and achieved yield
  • Cultivations – Ensure pre-sowing cultivation activities have been recorded as this effects soil moisture loss
  • Soil Test – A critical component to provide baseline nutrient levels for each paddock

Sowing Operation

  • Ensure an APSIM supported Crop Type (Wht, Bar, Can, Oat) and Variety has been recorded
  • To see the following options, Click the Advanced Tab when entering the Sowing operation
    • Ensure Purpose is set to Grain
    • Ensure Row Spacing (mm) is entered
    • Ensure Sowing Depth (mm) is entered
  • Sowing Inputs – Inputs applied at sowing such as fertiliser have large effects on yield results

Post Sowing Operations

  • Observations – Enables Plant Density (plants/m2) to be recorded
  • Fertiliser Applications – Additional nutrient loads should be recorded to see crop and yield response effects

If you have added these details for your paddocks, you will be providing all that is required to generate the most accurate yield predictions.

The example of Baudin Barley in Central Victoria below shows two scenarios of how providing more paddock records generates more accurate yield prediction results.

  • The median yield prediction at sowing changed from 0.58 to 6.1
  • The current median yield prediction changed from 0.92 to 4.45

 SCENARIO 1: Minimum data required – Poor yield predictionsYield prediction with only a sowing operation entered

 SCENARIO 2: Best management practices – More accurate yield predictionsMore accurate yield predictions based on best management practices

All climatic information that effects the yield model are automatically integrated to assess the climatic variables the crops are exposed to. Yield predictions will automatically update as new climate information is automatically entered to the data.

To view more details on the APSIM yield model, go to APSIM Simulator Help