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Farm Record Keeping 2.0

  1. 1. Farm Record Keeping 2.0 The 14th Annual Acorn Conference November 20, 2013 AgSquared Support Team Member - David Wides
  2. 2. Outline 1. 2. 3. 4. Lets Define Farm Record-Keeping Paper and Spreadsheets AgSquared on the Farm How to use AgSquared
  3. 3. Definition The Question: How do we define good record keeping?
  4. 4. Definition Good Record Keeping = Targeted and Organized Record Keeping
  5. 5. Record Keeping Process: Targeting 1.What goal do I want to accomplish? 2.What pieces of information do I need to accomplish that goal? 3.Where in my farming process is that information generated?
  6. 6. Targeted Goals Agronomy: Maximize yield, optimize soil fertility, maximize water use efficiency, select cultural practices Business: Increase efficiency of labor, input, energy use, identify profit centers, more effectively target markets Reporting / Compliance: Organic, GAP, taxes, customer communications Workflow: Improve on-farm collaboration, accumulate institutional knowledge
  7. 7. Record Keeping Process: Organizing 1.What is the easiest way to capture farm information as it is generated? 2.What is the easiest way to keep that information organized to enable later use?
  8. 8. The Redundancy Problem Easy to collect ≠ Easy to use Narrative (Notebook) Crop-byCrop Records Calendar Map
  9. 9. AgSquared on the Farm Management Planning Record Keeping Analysis
  10. 10. the software How AgSquared Works
  11. 11. AgSquared case studies • Richard Kanak – Four Sisters Farm Cherry Valley, Illinois – Using detailed records to make informed decisions about varieties
  12. 12. AgSquared case studies • Lara and Roger Anderson – Farm Where Life Is Good River Falls, Wisconsin – Beginning farmers using AgSquared to organize their operation
  13. 13. AgSquared case studies • Scott Thellman – Juniper Hills Farm Lawrence, Kansas – Streamlining farm management and team coordination
  14. 14. Cost Tracking
  15. 15. AgSquared Case Studies • Joe Bozzelli Five Elements Farm – Worthington, Pennsylvania Expanding Farm business using AgSquared to track Labor costs for specific Crops throughout the growing season
  16. 16. AgSquared Case Studies • David Baker Primrose Valley Farm – Madison, Wisconsin Diversified Grower using AgSquared for Tracking Inventory of Important Materials and Supplies
  17. 17. All farms all years
  18. 18. Up Next: Mobile App.
  19. 19. Up Next: Mobile App.
  20. 20. Thanks! Questions?

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