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Precision Farming gives you all five stages in farm management:
|Simple 'Storage Only' Farm Records Websites||Precision Farming's Farm Information Management System|
| Step 1|
Sensor originated data
|With no automatic upload of data from sensors and devices, storage only websites tell you back only what you already knew.||Precision uses sensors, GPS units, probes and other devices to generate automatic, accurate, complete farm data in real time, either from our own devices or from third parties.|
| Step 2|
Manually entered records
|When manually populated websites advertise, they often say 'you can store all your farm data in the cloud'. What they don't emphasis is the 'you' word. YOU have to do the work of entering the data, which is boringly inefficient, notoriously inaccurate, and often incomplete.||Where appropriate, complementary data can be added manually if required.|
| Step 3|
|Cloud storage is wonderful. But partial or inaccurate records stored in the cloud are still partial and inaccurate.||Every farm information system uses cloud storage. What's important is what is stored is not only secure and private, but also accurate, and tells you stuff you didn't already know.|
| Step 4|
Reports & Decisions
|Reports submitted to councils or milk companies based on less than complete accurate data usually means hours spent over the dining table with reams of paper trying to complete Overseer reports, the Fonterra Diary or NAIT reports.||Fact based reports are what make the difference between guesswork and optimum farm performance. And Precision's automated reports save time, improve accuracy, and deliver immediate information as required to make informed decisions.|
| Step 5|
|Having made a decision, jobs need to be delegated to staff, contractors have to be booked, or pumps or irrigators need to be turned on or off. Manual storage only website aren't connected to anything so can't implement any of your decisions.|| And having made decisions, the Precision system enables farmers to place orders with spreaders, turn on an irrigator, turn off a pump. Not only are electronically initiated jobs more accurately delegated, their completion becomes step 1 again of automatically uploaded records.|
Many farm data storage systems offer only the middle three stages. Precision Farming improves these three stages and then adds an extra valuable stage at each end.
Many simple 'storage only' farm systems make you type in what you already know, and then merely repeat back to you what you typed in. These records are often based on a request for something to be done in the future, like spreading fertiliser in a selection of paddocks. This results in an 'as-intended' record. We all know in the real world that for good reasons, orders are not always carried out as intended. That means typing in an order doesn't record what actually got done.
Precision Farming provides 'as applied' records, meaning your records are based on what actually happened, not what was intended.
Ballance Agri-Nutrients is in partnerhsip with Precision Farming in the new and advanced MyBallance Farm Information Management platform.
Ballance shareholder-customers are now able to use the full range of MyBallance tools and can also subscribe to the suite of Precision Farming farm management applications.
At the heart of the MyBallance platform is the five-step Fert360 cycle, the central tool for farmers and their trusted advisors to optimise the annual and daily management of nutrients, compliance and sustainability.
Step 1 by Ballance — The Science Step
This step sees the farmer, the Ballance nutrient specialist and a support crew involving soil test experts ... show more and many others, complete soil tests, nutrient budgets and the annual or seasonal Fertiliser & Application Plan (F&A Plan).
Step 2 by Ballance — The Commercial Step
This stage enables the farmer and Ballance to agree on volumes ... show more of the range of single products and mixes that are planned for the year to be priced and timed, so the farmer can budget financially for the seasons.
Steps 1 and 2 are long-cycle steps, happening annually, with updates during the season if and when needed.
Steps 3, 4 and 5 are short-cycle steps, that occur each time an individual order for fertiliser delivery and application take place.
Step 3 by Ballance — The Product Ordering Step
Either from within the F&A Plan, or directly, farmers or their approved advisors or contractors can order fertiliser, whether single products or mixes, for delivery from any Customer Service Centre or Consignment Store throughout NZ ... show more, with full online access to past orders, orders in progress, past and current invoices, all with full visibility of all nutrient management, compliance and sustainability requirements.
Step 4 by Precision Farming — The Application Ordering Step
Within the MyBallance system, while ordering fertiliser products, customers can now also order spreading, whether that be by commercial ground spreader or aerial top dressing. Orders can also be aligned with self-spreading ... show more. When ordering, farmers can use their loaded GIS farm map to select application areas by paddock, group of paddocks, or blocks.
Application orders whether generated in MyBallance or generated directly in Precision Farming, are electronically sent to Precision Farming for distribution to the farmer’s preferred spreader, whether the chosen spreader uses Precision Tracking or TracMap technology in their spreading trucks.
The spreader receives the farmer’s application order electronically, ensuring accuracy and efficiency of communication. The spreader then proceeds with the order, the status of the order moving from pending once the order is sent, to confirmed once the spreader acknowledges the job, to completed once the spreading is fully completed.
Step 5 by Precision Farming — The Proof of Application Step
When the spreading is complete, the electronic hardware in the spreading vehicle returns the electronic Proof of Application record in real time to the computers back at Precision Tracking or TracMap ... show more. The GPS record is then automatically uploaded to the Precision Farming system, for incorporation back into the MyBallance records library, ready for farmers and their advisors to use for compliance and management reporting. This fifth step requires an annual subscription with Precision Farming.
NPK records can be accessed in real time within the MyBallance and Precision Farming systems.
Records are proof of application, not proof of request, meaning that what is recorded for farm managers and Overseer is what actually got spread where, as distinct from what was requested. For good reasons like paddocks being too wet or stock not being moved, paddocks selected at order time may be different from what is spread on the day. This is a substantial and important advantage of the Precision Farming electronic Proof of Application system, and different from simplistic storage only websites that require the farmer to type in by hand a record of the requested spreading, rather than recording what actually got applied.
|Feature||Good Package||Better Package||Best Package|
|Truck confirmation with permanent record of truck GPS on farm||✔||✔||✔|
|Online electronic fertiliser application ordering in MyBallance or Precision||✔||✔||✔|
|Orders sent electronically to Precision Tracking spreaders or TracMap equipped spreaders & aircraft||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic as-applied record of product, rate, width, GPS track, date & time||✔||✔||✔|
|Proof of Application (POA) to Precision Farming and MyBallance||✔||✔||✔|
|NPK data in Precision Farming and MyBallance||✔||✔||✔|
|Manual placement records can be uploaded||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic and manual pasture cover records uploaded||✔||✔||✔|
|Spray recording to Precision Tracking and TracMap-equipped spray contractors||✔||✔|
|Block level map set up||✔||✔|
|Nutrient Report Writer||✔||✔|
|Pre-collated NPK records for farmer upload to Overseer Report||✔||✔|
|Pre-collated records for farmer upload to Dairy Company Report||✔||✔|
|Effluent fail-safe GPS & NPK report (from approved hardware)||✔*||✔*|
|Electronic Soil Moisture & Temperature data and graphs (from approved hardware)||✔||✔|
|Dairy Herd Feed budget Algorithm||✔*||✔*|
|0800 Call Centre Support, 12 hours per year (additional hours $65/hr)||✔||✔|
|Corporate Hierarchical Access or management level reporting||✔|
|Assigned Corporate Customer Support Manager||✔|
|Precision Farming staff create monthly reports and distribute to assigned managers, suppliers or others as required||✔|
|Unlimited phone support (fair use policy applies)||✔|
|On-farm two-hour training session (one per annum)||✔|
|Group training session regionally (one per annum)||✔|
|* dairy only|
|Dairy Farm Value|
|Range of farm sizes (Effective Hectares)||<149||150-399||>400||<149||150-399||>400||<149||150-399||>400|
|Per month, paid annually||$50||$60||$70||$130||$170||$210||$280||$340||$400|
|Per month, paid monthly||$60||$70||$80||$150||$190||$230||$300||$360||$420|
|Sheep & Beef and Cropping Farm Value|
|Range of farm sizes (Effective Hectares)||<299||300-699||>700||<299||300-699||>700||<299||300-699||>700|
|Per month, paid annually||$40||$50||$60||$70||$90||$110||$220||$260||$300|
|Per month, paid monthly||$50||$60||$70||$80||$100||$120||$230||$270||$310|