FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update August 2014

FarmLink Spitfire Wheat Update

Summary

“The Spitfire Wheat in paddock 5a was observed on the 15th August and is at GS 33-34. The crop appears healthy despite some recent frequent frost events. The paddock has had an application of nitrogen and at present is under no disease or pest pressure. In season rainfall has been adequate and a further 23mm of rain on the 17/8/14 is setting the crop up for an average yield or better scenario” Tony Pratt – 18th August 2014.

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

5.4

2633

123

Z34


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)

5.58

5.40

4.94

4.49


Gross Margin Analysis

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

954.23

1.72

92.27


Temora Paddock

Crop Setting Paddock Setting
Crop Type Wheat Area 23.8 ha
Cultivar Spitfire Elevation 271 m
Sowing Date 13th May 2014 Slope 0.1
Sowing Rate 60 kg/ha Aspect E
Row Spacing 300 mm Soil PAWC 147 mm
Implement Knife points + press wheels 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 319 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 122 mm
Sowing 13/05/14 MAP 50 kg/ha Last Frost 12th August (-3°C)
Spraying 13/05/14 Gramoxone, Sakura Soil Moisture early August 53 mm
Spraying 30/05/14 Fastac Duo, Dimethoate July SOI -3
Spraying 04/07/14 Igran, MCPA, Ally

Similar SOI Seasons

1983, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Topdressing 14/07/14 Urea 100 kg/ha

Operations & Climate


APSIM

Yield Forecast Crop Status (12 Aug)
80th Percentile 5.82 t/ha Growth Stage Z35
Median 5.40 t/ha NDVI 0.94
20th Percentile 3.84 t/ha Biomass 2633 kg/ha

APSIM Yield Forecast

Version 2.0 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce recent major developments to ProductionWise. 

My Grain Re-Development

My Grain has been re-developed to enable growers to record and manage stored grain across-farm more efficiently. This includes recording and managing grain sales and contracts to provide full traceability of grain from paddock to sales.

My Grain is a unique and fully integrated ‘transaction style’ grain storage diary enabling full storage and grain management activities to be recorded. It provides the ability to track all grain sources, monitor quality and provide grain management history for grain buyers.

The changes provide:

  • The current grain source availability from recently harvested paddocks and grain locations
  • A current fill status for each storage location
  • A full ‘transaction’ style log of all management activities for each storage location
  • The ability to record the following activities for storages
    • Aerate – Record aeration details
    • Clean – Record all cleaning practices and products used
    • Fill – Enter grain into a storage location from on-farm or off-farm source
    • Inspect – Record inspections and grain monitoring details including grain quality parameters
    • Pesticide – Record all fumigation activities including product and application rate
    • Sell – Record grain sales and contracts from harvests or storage locations
    • Transfer – Record all cross-farm grain movements
    • Adjust – Zero or manually adjust the storage quantity
  • The ability to record and manage grain sales and contracts for full traceability

All growers with stored grain for the current 2014 season, including pesticide and cleaning operations, will appear in the new My Grain section to allow the continuation of your grain management.

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.

Next Release

In addition to the My Grain developments, the next release will include upgrades allowing grain storage reports to be generated in the My Reports section. The reports will assist self-auditing, management decisions and overall traceability of activities performed on stored grain. The improvements will also enable input reports to be generated to assess input quantities and usage across your ProductionWise account.

Version 1.9 Update released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.9. The changes include;

My Farm Improvements

  • Mapping redesign

The mapping functionality of the My Farm page has been completely rebuilt with new technology. The redesign has changed how the Google Map, farm and paddock selectors work, vastly improving space utilisation, speed and reliability. The mapping controls have been simplified making it a straight forward task to map your entire farm very quickly.

  • Map all the features of your farm

In addition to your existing paddocks and grain storages you can now create polygons, lines, circles, rectangles and markers. Use these new shapes to map all the physical, infrastructure and paddock features of your farm.

  • Change visible map layers

There is now a button inside the Google Map viewer allowing you to change the visible map data layers and map type.

  • Print farm map

The print map feature now allows you to adjust the visible map layers to get your map looking exactly how you want. Use your browsers print function to print the A4 map.

  • Find the Latitude & Longitude of a farm feature

When in full screen mode there is now a latitude/longitude coordinate of your mouse pointer displayed at the bottom of the screen. 

  • Record paddock ID

When mapping your paddocks you can now record a paddock ID in addition to the paddock name.

My Diary Improvements

  • Record multiple implements in one paddock operation

Paddock operations where more than one implement was used can now be recorded accurately in the diary. Especially useful in situations where harrows or a roller has been attached behind the main implement.

My Reports Improvements

  • Comprehensive paddock reports

The My Reports page has been completely redesigned to allow advanced custom reports to be created from all your farm, paddock, crop, variety, operation and input diary data. All reports generated can be printed from the browser, saved as a PDF, saved as a CSV or emailed to anyone as a PDF.

General Site Improvements

  • Farm & paddock selector advanced details

The new farm and paddock selectors, which appear on most pages of the site, now show advanced details of each farm or paddock item.

  • Speed improvements

If you are using ProductionWise on a mobile device or on a poor internet connection speed, collapsing the Google Maps viewer will declutter the interface and vastly improve page load speed. ProductionWise remembers your setting and subsequent visits to the site will not redisplay the Google Maps viewer unless you expand it again.

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.

Version 1.8 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.8. The changes include;

My Farm Improvements

  • Increase farm limit of number of paddocks and grain storages

For each farm in ProductionWise, the maximum number of paddocks has been increased from 50 to 70 and the maximum number of grain storages has increased from 20 to 30. These increases have been adjusted to give farmers more flexibility to record farm information whilst maintaining system integrity and stability.

  • Ability to print farm maps

Users can now print their farm maps for external reference and planning purposes. From the My Farm page, expand the map viewer to ‘Full Screen View’ mode and print. The preview will enable you to change the background Google layers or zoom level to your desired map output. Using the web browser print function, users can print their farm maps in full colour or black and white.

My Diary Improvements

  • Operation forms now enable you to enter as much information as you want 

Growers can enter as much or as little information as desired when recording paddock operations. Updated forms now provide users with minimal required fields to enter an operation. Operation forms are now defined by annotations directing the user to enter data specifically to calculate Gross Margins and enable the APSIM model to generate yield predictions. Each operation form has a progress bar letting you know how much information is recommended to be entered.

  • Operations can be entered to part of a paddock

Operations can now be entered to a user defined area of the paddock. This provides the ability to record perimeter spraying activities or targeted fertiliser applications that are not applicable to the whole paddock. The operation area can be adjusted to suit the actual area the operation was applied to improving the operation and input costs for accurate gross margins. 

  • Grazing operations now entered as total head per paddock

Users can now enter the total head per paddock when recording grazing operations to accurately determine live weight gain and income generated. Strip grazing is now supported with the addition of the operation area enabling users to define portions of paddocks used. All data entered by users previously as head/ha will be automatically calculated to total head per paddock.

  • Forage operation yield can now be entered as t/ha or total bales

When entering a forage operation, yield can either be defined as tonnes/ha or total bales per paddock. When selecting total bales, the user can also define the average bale weight to track bale size and to generate a yield for the gross margin. 

  • Irrigation rate can now be entered as mm/ha or ML/ha

When entering an irrigation operation, users can now define the rate as either millimeters per hectare or megalitres per hectare. This enables the water cost per unit to be entered accordingly.

  • Grain harvest operation cost can now be entered as $/t or $/ha

Grain harvest operation costs can now be entered as either $/t or $/ha to assist with recording the correct cost structure utilised by contractors undertaking harvest activities.

Gross Margin Improvements

  • Costs now include new operation area

With the addition of operation area to each diary form, the Gross Margin has been upgraded to include the area associated with each operation listed. This provides full transparency for the calculations that are being shown to enable accurate assessment and year on year comparsions of paddock and farm data.

  • Inclusion of Total Income to form totals

Total Income has been added to the overall totals displayed on the Gross Margin page. This provides users with an overall view of income generated, cost of production and overall gross margin per paddock and at farm level.

General – Site optimisation 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 feedback form to let us know so we can rectify them immediately.

Version 1.71 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.71. The changes include;

  1. My Diary – Future Plans
    Growers can now enter planned operations, save & print reports and calculate potential gross margins for the next cropping season.
    The paddock summary list can now be ordered by name, area & crop type. This improves data entry efficiency by grouping like paddocks together especially for those with large farms.
    Paddocks are now automatically set to fallow in the sowing status when no sowing operation has been recorded.
  2. Crop Tracker – Growing Degree Days
    Average temperature has been replaced in the crop tracker page with growing degree days (GDD). GDD is accumulated through the year and displayed as a year-to-date total every 10 days.
  3. Production Profile – Climate Comparison
    The climate comparison chart now compares the accumulated rainfall total for every 10 days during the current year against the best yielding year in history.
  4. General – Site optimisation and bug fixes
    This release included 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.

APSIM Crop Tracker Released

ProductionWise Version 1.7, Agricultural Production System sIMulator (APSIM) Crop Yield Forecasting

The APSIM crop simulator, the same model which has been the backbone of Yield Prophet® for many years, is now available as part of a complete farm management and integrated decision support tool ProductionWise. We have implemented APSIM using a vastly improved and unique method with a complete grower user focus.

APSIM currently supports the winter crops wheat, barley, canola & oats and replaces the previous yield model. To successfully run a simulation and view the results please refer to the APSIM section on the Help Page. The Potential Yield CALculator (PYCAL) is unaffected by this upgrade and is still visible to all users on the ‘My Diary’ page for each paddock with a supported crop type. You must be a ProductionWise subscriber to access the APSIM yield forecasting functionality. Subscribe Here.

The changes include:

  1. My Farm – Soil characterisation
    Growers can now select from nearby APSoil soil characterisations when mapping paddocks
  2. My Diary – Updated operations
    The sowing operation now identifies APSIM supported crop types & varieties. The soil test operation has been further improved.
  3. Crop Tracker – APSIM yield forecasts
    The Crop Tracker page now shows the APSIM yield forecast for every 10 days during the season. The page will also show APSIM yield forecasts that have run for historical years. An indicator has been added to show the current APSIM processing status.
  4. Yield & Production – APSIM yield accuracy
    The Yield & Production page now shows the current APSIM yield forecast and compares it to the end of season harvest result.
  5. Gross Margins – APSIM forecasted 
    The Gross Margins page now populates the yield during the season with the current APSIM yield forecast
  6. APSIM Simulations – Scenario planning
    All current season APSIM yield simulations include the future operations that have been entered into the diary to allow for scenario planning
  7. General – Site optimisation and bug fixes
    Continuous development on the ‘backend’ of ProductionWise aims to provide users with a stable, secure and seamless interface to access their data. Site optimisation is extremely important to enable ProductionWise to function properly and we have addressed a number of bugs that have been raised. 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.

APSIM on the Horizon

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.61. The changes include;

My Diary – Soil Test operation

Growers can now enter soil test results for layers 0-10cm, 10-40cm, 40-70cm & 70-100cm. This change has been implemented in preparation for the upcoming APSIM release in ProductionWise.

The APSIM crop simulator will replace the current yield model in ProductionWise, it will initially be rolled out for the Australian site in Spring 2013.

The APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems siMulator) Initiative is an unincorporated joint
venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),
the State of Queensland, through its Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and The University of Queensland (UQ).

To find out more, read the About APSIM page

Version 1.6 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.6. The changes include;

My Diary – Specify pre-treated seed at sowing

Growers can now specify if they have used pre-treated seed when recording a sowing operation.  This removes the need to specify a treatment rate and fixes flow on issues in reporting and gross margin calculations.

My Diary – Irrigation water costs

When adding an irrigation operation, water cost is now recorded as $/ML (megalitre) to enable growers to capture the price of water per unit depending on the water source selected.

My Diary – Price remembering of water and seed costs

The diary now remembers the cost of water for an irrigation operation based on the water source selected and also the cost of seed for a sowing operation.  Once an operation has been added once, ProductionWise will remember the most recent price. This functionality improves the accuracy of reporting and gross margin calculations

My Diary – Seed Cost

When entering a sowing operation, the seed cost is now recorded as $/kg instead of $/ha. This value combined with sowing rate automatically calculates cost/ha which appears in the inputs list and in the gross margin page.

My Diary – Grazing stock classes

When entering grazing operations, growers can now select from an expanded range of stock classes to provide more accurate reporting of grazing activities. 

General – Site optimisation and bug fixes

Continuous development on the ‘backend’ of ProductionWise aims to provide users with a stable, secure and seamless interface to access their data.  Site optimisation is extremely important to enable ProductionWise to function properly and we have addressed a number of bugs that have been raised.  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 1.5 Update Released

My Diary – Automatic Price Remembering

ProductionWise now further assists users through efficient data entry by remembering costs and prices of operations and inputs added in the paddock diary.

Simply add an operation and set the cost(s) for either contractor or farm employee and these values will automatically populate the fields when future operations of the same type and implement are entered into My Diary.

This functionality also applies to any inputs that are added to operations. Setting the cost of particular spray additives and inputs will only be required once making future data entry more streamlined and less demanding.

Site Optimisation:

The ProductionWise Team has been working hard to enhance the site ‘speed’ to benefit the end user experience.  Additional upgrades to the ‘backend’ will provide users with an optimised user interface to navigate, query and assess full ProductionWise functionality.

Bug Fixes:

Continuous platform testing has highlighted the odd bug or two in the system.  We have addressed these issues and appreciate any feedback or errors that users may encounter whilst using ProductionWise.

Did You Know?

Growers can link their ProductionWise account to their advisor easily to facilitate a seamless communication pathway.  Advisors are required to register an account. A simple email prompt will get the ball rolling!

Advisors will have full access to the functionality of the growers account to view, edit and manage records and assist with the decision making process by providing dedicated reports outlining specific observations and recommendations.

Version 1.4 Update Released

GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 1.4. The changes include;

My Diary Changes

  • Added livestock grazing operation
  • Added fodder harvest operation
  • Added soil test operation
  • Added ability to sow part of a paddock
  • Added searchable product lists

Gross Margin Changes

  • Added ability to produce gross margins by paddock, commodity or total farm
  • Added grazing and fodder production to gross margins
Released ProductionWise for New Zealand at app.productionwise.co.nz
 

Hope you enjoy the improvements, if you have any issues or comments please let us know using our contact page