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.

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.

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.

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.

ProductionWise arrives in NZ!

Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) and Grain Growers Limited of Australia are pleased to announce the release of ProductionWise to New Zealand. ProductionWise is an online farm management system that enables growers to map paddocks, record all paddock operations and associated inputs, record all stored grain and grain sales/contracts and provide gross margins at paddock level through to whole farm reporting.

ProductionWise is available to all levy payers to assist with streamlining record keeping of farm management practices to adequately assess cost of production and overall margins from season to season.

The introduction of ProductionWise to New Zealand will enable FAR to produce benchmarking reports both regionally and nationally.

FAR encourages all growers to adopt the newly developed technology ProductionWise has to offer.