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Budget
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Touch Screen Effluent Control
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Water
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Say goodbye ...

To notebooks...

To spreadsheets...

To online diaries...

Say hello to ...

All your farm data...

All in real time ...

All connected ...

Automatic, live, accurate & complete!

The Precision Farming Value Difference

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
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
Decision implementation
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.
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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.

  1. Precision Farming generates automatic, accurate farm data in real time from sensors, GPS devices, flow meters etc, and automatically uploads this information.
  2. Complementaty data can be added manually in the Precision system if required. With many other systems, farm data has to be entered by hand.
  3. Every modern farm information system stores data securely in the cloud. What's important is that the data stored is accurate, complete and immediate. Inaccurate, incomplete paper records moved to the cloud are still inaccurate and incomplete.
  4. Precision reports are fact-based and can be audited back to their source data, whereas reports generated from imperfect manual records can result in compliance submissions to councils and other reports being inaccurate. And accurate reports are the foundation of accurate decisions.
  5. Precision enables farmers to then implement their decisions electronically, whether that be ordering a spreader, turning off a pump or starting an irrigator. These electronic orders then send completion records back to step 1 to start the cycle again.
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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.

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The MyBallance Precision Resources


CLOSING THE NUTIRIENT MANAGEMENT LOOP

Ballance Agri-Nutirents and Precision Farming bring toegether five sets of resources in the MyBallance platform to enable farmers to better manage their nutrients, compliance and sustainability.


MyBallance is to nutrient management what EFTPOS is to banking. Gone are the days of waiting days for cheques to clear to reconcile your cheque account with a calculator.


Today, within minutes of an EFTPOS transaction, your bank account is updated and your new bank balance available on your device — connected, automatic, live, hands-free, and accurate.


Likewise, now with MyBallance as an end-to-end integrated platform, every stage in the nutrient management cycle is connected, electronic, live, automatic, accurate and complete.


Connected MyBallance replaces texts, phone calls and notes left for the contractor, by connecting all five Ballance and Precision resources in the Nutrient Loop electronically.
Automatic Manual records, or exports from single-function websites, require hours of work to complete. With MyBallance Precision, records are automatic.
Real-Time Records updated after the event are by definition late - in some cases at month end. Precision records are online within minutes of spreading being completed.
Hands Free Records done by hand are labour-intensive, keeping staff from doing other more valuable work. Precision records are hands (or thumbs!) free.
As Applied Records based on spreading requests record an intention. But actual applications are often different from the request. Precision Farming reports both what was requested and what was actually applied.

Precision Farming's Added Resources

BRINGING GREATER PROFITABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY TO LAND MANAGEMENT

Build on the MyBallance + Precision platform by selecting from these optional Precision resources:

The foundation of best practice farming is an accurate farm map. Precision Farming can arrange professionally created drone or ground based GPS maps, or less expensive satellite image maps, or select from our own library of thousands of mapped farms across NZ used by our ground spread contractors.
Precision Farming offers GPS guidance systems for tractors and combines, including displays, assisted steering, spreader, sprayer and planter control. Also lower cost guidance units for self-spreaders make for accurate application with simple and effective electronic proof of application.
Manual or electronic pasture measurements can be uploaded into the Precision feed wedge. The Feed Budget Algorithm for optimised supplementary feed budgeting is a valuable tool for dairy farmers.
Monitoring, control and reporting of farm water, whether as part of an irrigation scheme or for compliance, leads to more effective use of water and energy. Soil moisture and temperate tapes and probes enable fact-based decisions and irrigation optimisation.
Order applications not only from Ballance but also from lime works, biological nutrient suppliers and others. Precision Farming links electronically with Precision Tracking and TracMap equipped spreaders and aircraft for seamless electronic two-way data transfer.
Order spray applications with equipped spray contractors, including reporting of applications for audit purposes. NPK for liquid urea can also be captured and recorded.
Fail-safe effluent monitoring and reporting of effluent applications, whether by travelling irrigator, K Lines or through the pivot, can be recorded electronically in the Precision Farming platform including from selected third party effluent system suppliers. NPK from effluent can be incorporated with other Precision NPK records.
For farmers and contractors driving significant distances off-road, Precision provides Road User Charge Management Systems, including automatic electronic claiming of off-road rebates.

MOST BUT NOT ALL OF THE ABOVE SERVICES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BETTER PACKAGE. SOME FUNCTIONS SUCH AS REMOTE PIVOT MONITORING, RUC, OR THIRD PARTY EFFLUENT SYSTEMS REQUIRE SEPARATE HARDWARE, SERVICES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS.

Pricing Guide

THE GOOD PACKAGE

COMPLETES THE NUTRIENT LOOP

Includes these resources:

  • Electronic order fulfilment for application requests from MyBallance to spreaders.
  • Real-time capture of spreading records from Precision Tracking equipped spreaders.
  • Upload of completed spreading records from TracMap equipped spreaders and aircraft.
  • Upload of self-spreading POA records from selected guidance systems.
  • Electronic matching and upload of Proof of Application records to MyBallance.
  • The ability, based on Precision data, to generate NPK and other reports in MyBallance.
  • Pasture walk and feed wedge tool is included in the Good Package at no extra cost.
DAIRY FARM SHEEP, BEEF AND CROPPING
<149Ha 150-399Ha >400Ha <299Ha 300-699Ha >700Ha
$600 pa $720 pa $840 pa $480 pa $600 pa $720 pa

THE BETTER PACKAGE

THE NUTRIENT LOOP PLUS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Includes all the Good Package resources, plus these additional resources:

  • Importing of NPK data from other sources, e.g. lime suppliers.
  • Block level reporting of overall NPK loading.
  • The Feed Budget Algorithm that optimises supplementary feed is included in the Dairy Better Package.
  • Soil Moisture and temperature monitoring.
  • Standard water monitoring. Advanced control may be at a supplementary cost.
  • Send jobs to Precision-equipped spray contractors and receive back Proof of Spray Application.
  • Fail-safe effluent monitoring and NPK reporting from selected suppliers.
DAIRY FARM SHEEP, BEEF AND CROPPING
<149Ha 150-399Ha >400Ha <299Ha 300-699Ha >700Ha
$1,560 pa $2,040 pa $2,520 pa $840 pa $1,080 pa $1,320 pa

THE BEST PACKAGE

NUTRIENT LOOP PLUS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PLUS MANAGED SERVICES

Includes all Good Package and Better Package resources, plus these additional services:

  • Corporate hierarchy log ins for consolidated reporting for corporate farming businesses.
  • Assigned corporate account manager.
  • Precision Farming staff consolidating data and creating monthly and annual reports.
  • Unlimited phone support (fair use policy applies).
DAIRY FARM SHEEP, BEEF AND CROPPING
<149Ha 150-399Ha >400Ha <299Ha 300-699Ha >700Ha
$3,360 pa $4,080 pa $4,800 pa $2,640 pa $3,210 pa $3,600 pa