Exciting News – FluroSat Acquires ProductionWise from GrainGrowers

FluroSat, the innovator in remote-sensing crop-health analytics, is excited to announce the acquisition of the Digital Agriculture Platform of  Grain Growers Limited, the leading representative body for Australian grain farmers.

The Digital Agriculture Platform consists of a range of leading digital agriculture products in Australia and New Zealand, including the widely known ProductionWise, and a team of Canberra based software developers and agricultural specialists.

Through this acquisition, FluroSat will incorporate the ProductionWise suite of precision agriculture software services into its global offering, and significantly expand its world-class team with the addition of some of Australia most experienced digital farming developers and practitioners.

“ProductionWise enables us to deliver a comprehensive decision support tool for improving yields while reducing costs for our farmers”, explains Anastasia Volkova, FluroSat CEO. “the proven science behind the accurate ProductionWise climatic and crop models combined with FluroSat’s smart AI-driven agronomic tools delivers a solution that helps farmers make decisions rather than drown them in more data.”

The expanded business will serve more than 1000 customers in Australia, New Zealand and the US, with plans to rapidly extend into new crops and regions. “We are very pleased to be able to continue supporting the large, dedicated group of ProductionWise users”, continued Volkova. “ProductionWise and FluroSense together will deliver an improved platform for all our current and future users for powerful, informed agronomic decision-making”.

“The acquisition of ProductionWise by FluroSat will bring two of Australia’s leading digital ag solutions powered by world-leading agricultural science to the world”, said Mike Zimmerman, Partner at Main Sequence Ventures CSIRO Innovation Fund and FluroSat Director. “FluroSat can be a great example of our research having an impact at scale across the globe.”

This combination means that existing ProductionWise and FluroSat customers will have access to enhanced functionality, with the platform’s features able to provide reliable agronomic decision support, tailored recommendations at a sub-field level and the ability to focus the agronomist’s attention on the emerging issues spotted in the field.

David McKeon, CEO of GrainGrowers said: “ProductionWise is one of Australia’s most powerful decision support platforms for grain growers, in use for over a decade and providing planning, satellite imagery and precise Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM)-driven yield simulations. We are excited about the synergy between the scientific agronomic approaches and modern ML and AI data exploration techniques which will offer the industry a comprehensive, easy to use way to understand the impact of their decisions on crop yield.”

Learn more about FluroSense by visiting the FluroSat website at https://www.flurosat.com/#benefit

Latest Release – Version 4.7

Latest Release – Version 4.7

We are pleased to announce several recent updates to ProductionWise over the last month.? Some of these features you may have already had the opportunity to use and thanks to those who have provided feedback which has allowed the Team to fine tune some of the new features.

WEB

Record Your Rainfall

  • Record your own rainfall for multiple locations across your farming enterprise
  • Import previous years rainfall using the template for rapid data entry
  • Compare current year rainfall totals with previous years rainfall
  • View your rainfall in the Calendar view to help reference rainfall with paddock management activities

Import historical rainfall data and compare previous years rainfall with the current year

Spraying Operation Upgrades

  • Weather observations allow avg. and max. wind details including comments
  • Include details of the spray situation for improved recording and timing of your spray activities
  • Allows start and stop times to be recorded for around the clock spray activities
  • Improved ability to export weather observations captured for spraying activities
  • Operation area allows 20% buffer for overspray situations (applicable to all operations)

Enter the spray situation to better define the timing of your spraying activities

Grazing Operation Upgrades

  • Inclusion of a new field to capture?Livestock Units (LSU) based on stock class selected
  • This will enable future reports to be generated and paddock grazing pressures to be assessed

Reporting Updates

NEW – Paddock Rotation Reports

  • View paddock rotation history and highlight crop sequences to assist with planning rotations.
  • Customisable colors to highlight specific crops and export to PDF for further reference
  • Accessed from the Reports menu

View paddock crop rotations to help plan ahead

NEW – Chemical Group Reports

  • Highlight the chemical groups and the frequency of applications on your paddocks to determine resistance susceptibility and future paddock management strategies.
  • Customisable colors to highlight specific crops and export to PDF for further reference
  • Accessed from the Reports menu

Simply query your chemical group usage over time to manage rotations

APP

NEW – Grain Storage Management in the App

  • Manage grain transfers, aeration and grain quality inspections
  • Be diligent with recording storage cleaning and pesticide applications
  • Simple adjustments and resetting silo tonnages
  • Finalise/part deliver to existing contracts (must be setup in webpage)
  • Record cash sales for grain parcels leaving the property

NEW – Record Rainfall in the App

  • Record your rainfall when out in the field (online or offline)
  • View your year to date (YTD) and growing season (GSR) totals
  • Compare the current year with previous rainfall totals
  • Note: Rainfall sites need to be setup in website first

 

Website and App Bug Fixes:

  • Spraying operation ? adding/editing the time of a weather observation now syncs with website
  • Growing window now defaults to the current growing year
  • Grower can now generate and view PDF farm plans through the app
  • User interface issues with Internet Explorer
  • Fixed issue with date cycling when editing planned spraying operation
  • Spraying operation weather observations ordered by date/time ascending
  • Fixed spraying operation end time validation prompt

Winter Release 4.6

We are pleased to announce the Winter release Version 4.6 of developments for ProductionWise.
A number of these latest features/improvements have been based on feedback from many of the growers and trusted advisers.

Farm Planning ? Customise your report details

We have made it easier to generate PDF farm plan reports through a customised interface allowing you to build the report and the content you want to see.? Simply choose from the various summaries, maps and paddock related components to tailor the report to your needs.

Do you want to print a report without financials or a list of your required inputs to get some quotes on? Simply hide the costs associated with your planned inputs to create an input list without costs to provide to your suppliers.

 

Spraying Operations ? Record multiple weather observations

Record multiple weather observations for your spraying activities to ensure conditions during the application are captured accurately.

 

Grain Contracts ? Keep track of all your grain contracts

Grain contract forms have been upgraded to allow the full details of any grain contracts to be entered. Keep track of any changes to your contracts as the season progresses and upload attachments for reference. This will be used as the foundation to calculate and manage your grain position report which will indicate your relative market position and exposure.

Print farm map with current crop status

Now you can print your farm map showing the current crop status using the default colour scheme.? This can be toggled on or off using the layer control in the Print Map layers menu. These maps can be a useful reference for managing your paddocks throughout the season.

 

Adviser recommendation reports can include/exclude a farm map

We have included the ability to include/exclude a farm map when advisers create recommendations. By default, recommendations will include the farm map unless this option is unchecked when the recommendation is created. The map is just an additional reference to help highlight the paddocks which need to be addressed.

Bug Fixes

Over the months we have addressed several improvements and optimisations including bugs that have been raised by our users.

  • Splitting a shared operation ? now separates the operation from the multi-paddock group if details have been altered
  • ProductionWise not loading on Internet Explorer
  • Issues with printing farm map rectified
  • Spraying weather details showing incorrect unit displayed in paddock diary

Autumn Release 4.5

We are pleased to announce the latest release Version 4.5 of developments for ProductionWise.
A number of these latest features/improvements have been based on feedback from many of the growers and trusted advisers.

Latest Release Items

  • Calendar view of paddock activities (web)
    • Viewing paddock activities and upcoming plans just got a whole lot easier with the calendar
    • View any?activities entered into the paddock diary such as actuals, plans, recos or observations
    • Enter new activities from the calendar easily
    • To access, go to the FARMS or PADDOCKS page and click Calendar (Top Right)
  • Share operations with contractors or farm workers (web & app)
    • Growers and advisers can now share paddock activities as jobs to complete with 3rd parties such as contractors and farm workers
    • Recipients can?receive a job without having a ProductionWise account?that also allows?additional information to be provided upon completion of the job
    • Pricing information can be editable, read only or hidden for privacy
    • Receive an email notification once the job has been completed
    • To access, go to PADDOCKS and for the?selected?activity, click Share
  • Custom variety/inputs can now be?entered on the run?(web & app)
    • Quickly and easily, growers and advisers can now add products that don?t appear in the provided input or crop variety lists
    • Improves your efficiency?to continue with farm planning, creating a recommendation or data entry without lost time
    • Adding Inputs – From the inputs page, select ‘Custom’ and?enter the name of the new input
    • Adding Variety – From a Sowing Operation, when selecting Variety, select Other from Add New Variety option
  • Production Summary Reporting?(web)
    • Designed to help you?provide accurate information for the AIMI survey
    • Provides a summary?view the current status of your paddocks production capacity and value using budgeted yield and price
    • Paddock summary of recent harvests assessing budgeted yield, price and revenue compared with actual values recorded at harvest time
    • Summary of planned sowing and/or planted sowing intentions to determine production potential and estimate of crop value
    • To access, go to REPORTS page and select?Production Summary
  • Contract Summary Reporting (web)
    • Designed to help you?provide?accurate information for the AIMI survey
    • Provides an overview of grain contracts recorded in the system
    • Assists?you in determining your current grain contract obligations and grain position
    • To access, go to REPORTS page and select Contract Summary
  • Make comments with style?(web & app)
    • Comments for any operation can now be made with basic styling such as bold, italics, underlines and bullet/numbered points
    • This?provides more flexibility when formatting notes and comments to activities
  • ProductionWise NZ has had a face lift?(web)
    • You will notice ProductionWise NZ has changed its look to?conform to the FAR?branding
  • Help us communicate effectively with you?(web)
    • Ability to receive system email and SMS notifications when we push information to you
    • You can?select the types of notifications you want to receive from ProductionWise
    • To update these settings, go to?ACCOUNT SETTINGS and Change Details
  • Benchmarking tool update?(web)
    • Updated average column to show a weighted average?- incorporating paddock area size in?calculation
    • Added Total column to provide sum of?each component queried
    • To access, go to the?TOOLS menu?and select Benchmarking page

Enhancements/Fixes

  • Images attached to observations are now stored as low-res thumbnails to improve sync speed and reducing the overall application size stored on your device
  • Bug fixed where exporting input lists through Custom Report was causing errors
  • Bug?fixed where Recommendation reports were intermittently being sent to the third party set up in the Report settings page
  • Bug fixed where Grain Storage reset?was not?clearing the crop type from that storage
  • Plus numerous site optimisations and improvements

App Version 1.7.2 – Adviser Reco Redesign

The latest app update, version 1.7.2 is now available in both the Apple and Android app stores. The update includes many enhancements for advisers, and further improving their ability to interact with their connected growers whilst in the paddock and offline.?Many of the improvements in this update come from valuable user feedback and recent adviser training sessions.

Adviser Recommendations

  1. Completely redesigned the recommendation builder page
  2. The new reco page is now a single page view, so you can easily review your reco before submitting
  3. The reco page allows you to switch the view to show or hide details with the expand/collapse control

Bug Fixes

  1. Last entered and default costs of operations and inputs have been improved when creating new operations
  2. Grower account farm map now loads to the selected farm
  3. Observation image comments improved
  4. Product name is now displayed for inputs on preview page
  5. Grain harvest operation cost unit default changed to $/ha

Overseer Report

  1. Irrigation calculation in the Overseer report has been fixed and now displays the total monthly irrigation quantity in mm
  2. Removed rule that the current growing window had to be completed with a harvest operation before it appeared in the report

App Version 1.7 Adviser Paddock Diary Update

The ProductionWise software development team has been working hard in recent months to bring you the latest ProductionWise mobile App update. A key long term goal for our team is to build all of the Web based features of ProductionWise into the app and this release is the latest in an going effort of scheduled improvements in our development pipeline.

Many of the improvements that we build into our system come from valuable user feedback, it?s a critical way for us to identify system improvements and we always consider it when it comes through.

The latest version 1.7 update includes many enhancements for advisers, and improving their ability to interact with their connected growers. A summary of these include:

Improvements to the Adviser App

  • Create or edit activities in grower paddock diaries.
  • Approve/deny planned and recommended operations for their connected growers.
  • Apply templates to growers? paddock diaries.
  • View the location of observations on a map.
  • Select from a list of default and/or remembered costs for operations.
  • Select favourites when adding inputs to operations.
  • Reuse saved comments when creating operations in their grower’s diary
  • Sync submitted recommendation reports for offline viewing.
  • Change the operation area of recommended operations.

General Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Added filtering by activity types in the diary for Growers and Advisers.
  • Further improvements to the sync and operational speeds.
  • Draft recommendation creation speed is vastly improved.
  • Bug fix for Advisers when viewing a sowing operation.
  • My favourite products are now synced with the website.
  • Adviser account syncing improvements for large accounts.
  • Photo syncing to the website has been enhanced.

The update is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Version 4.3 Benchmarking Update

GrainGrowers and FAR are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 4.3,?the benchmarking update.

Paddock Diary

  • Added a diary activity filter to reduce clutter and help find specific activity types easily
  • Added an end growing window toggle on all operation forms, this allows you to?stop grazing operations from ending growing windows

Benchmarking

  • Added an all new Benchmarking page located?under the tools menu
  • Compare the financial performance of paddocks, crops or specific varieties from multiple farms
  • Compare total income, cost of production and gross margin
  • View the break down of each crops expenses as a pie chart

Adviser Recommendations

  • Adviser recommendations now allow you to edit the paddock operation area for part paddock applications

New Website

We quietly released our new front end website back in February. It will grow over time with new help videos, list of features and its a great place to learn about all the latest updates.

Update 4.3 included many other improvements and fixes reported by our users.

App Version 1.5.1 Update Released

GrainGrowers and FAR are pleased to announce ProductionWise App version 1.5.1

Grower App Improvements

  • New action page after selecting a farm to simplify app navigation
  • Action page provides access to diary, recommendations, farm plans and the farm map
  • Recommendation PDFs saved to the app can be viewed offline whilst in the paddock
  • Farm Plan PDFs can be viewed from the app
  • When adding operations to the diary you can use your templates saved on the website
  • Added support for growers who have multiple adviser connections
  • Grain harvests can now capture grain price like the website

Fixes & Improvements

  • Improved templates so they calculate growing windows correctly
  • Improved templates handling of grazing operations

The update is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play

Version 4.2 Overseer Update Released

FAR and GrainGrowers are pleased to announce ProductionWise version 4.2.

Overseer Report

  • We have added a new page under the reports menu for Overseer
  • You will receive an excel spreadsheet with crop, rotation, grazing and irrigation report data from your paddock diary
  • The data can be easily used to complete your Overseer data entry requirements

Observations

  • Add photos to observations from your mobile device’s camera or uploaded through the website
  • View previously saved observations photo galleries in the website and app
  • Use mobile device GPS to set a lat/long coordinate for each of your observations
  • View saved observations location in google maps

Other Improvements

  • All operations now have a toggle to end the growing window, this improves the accuracy of gross margins
  • Saved comments are now available in the app for both growers and advisers
  • Select ‘other’ as the crop variety name and you now have the ability to enter your own variety names
  • growers can view recommendations sent to them by their adviser through the app as PDF’s
  • Advisers can view submitted recommendation PDF’s in the app
  • Operation implements now default to the last used implement in the app
  • Improved the speed of creating large farm plans

Plus many other new features, improvements and fixes.

On The Land – ProductionWise with Melanie Bates

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