The Product Master is the one place where all the descriptive, planning parameters, and other product specific information is kept safely. Capture your farming knowledge and experience once here and use it in many functions and reports through out the system.
100 Product Masters are plenty if you capture information mostly at the vegetable level (Lima bean, Beefsteak tomato, sweet corn, etc.). Or mostly at this level along with some of your favorite varieties.
Only very large farms or farms that wish to keep all their masters at the variety level would exceed 100 Product Masters. If you think this might be a problem in your trial please email us (FarmSupport@ADAKsystems.com) to discuss.
– Canadian locations, 90 Canadian Dollars.
– European Union locations, 65 Euros.
– Other locations, please contact: International.Sales@ADAKfarmSystems.com
After you finish your schedule or update it, you can immediately see and print reports that help you validate, communicate and execute your schedule! Here are some of the key reports available, without any sorting, copying, pasting or reformatting:
As a Development Platform, Relative to Market and Vegetable Farming Software Requirements
Farm Produce Manager
|Formulas||Vulnerable to unintended editing, copying or incorrect references.||Standard formulas, tested and not editable.|
|Data Entry Editing||Cumbersome, almost never done.||Built in type, range and logic edits reduce data entry errors.|
|Sorting||Requires “correct data range” and sort keys to be defined.||Automatically done as part of transaction processing or report and list generation.|
|Report Generation||Depending on the report, select relevant data range, copy to another area, sort, filter, add title & date, check to be sure not too wide, adjust columns as necessary, then print.||Select report, click button and report is automatically printed.|
|Detailed Record Keeping||Not designed to process transactions. Blank column on printed spreadsheet.||Record plantings and harvests with time, quantity and other details. System processes detail and summary reports.|
|Capture Cost Details||Not designed to process transactions. Use other spreadsheets to capture data or a bookkeeping system.||Captures a lot of this data when record keeping. Can capture additional details to produce crop costing reports.|
|Programming||Need to learn shortcut keys to save time making sheet updates, formatting data and producing reports.||Programing done, so you spend your time entering data and using information to run your business.|
|Redundant Data||Same data often maintained is separate locations, which takes times and can cause inconsistent reports or worse, the use of out-of-date data.||Relational database allow single place for data that is used in many screens, forms and reports.|
|Daily Operations||Recommendation is typically to update with only key details and use primarily for annual crop planning.||Use daily to distribute up-to-date schedules, collect field data and make operating decisions.|
|Scalability||Maintenance becomes more burdensome with more crops and plantings. Adding new functions is particularly difficult.||Number of crops and plantings has little impact on response time or effort to maintain. New capabilities and functions can easily be added.|
|Flexibility||Built to solve specific problem. After considerable development, often resembling the Maginot Line.||Has flexibility built-in. For example, schedule forward, backward or from field start. Change or add a new scheduling algorithm, if needed.|
|Gantt Charts||Time-scaled charts are not readily available.||Several provided to give more graphic view of crops and fields.|
|Creativity||Spreadsheets allow for much creativity.||Export data to spreadsheets for custom and ad-hoc reports or further analysis.|
|Data Security||Back up and save off-site or risk losing data.||Data backed-up professionally, minimal risk.|
|Education Opportunity||Farmers and educators teach crop planning with spreadsheets, but spend inordinate amount of time with programming details and “shortcuts.”||Can provide same basic farming education with FPM, but spend more time talking about how to develop and use the information to improve operations.|
|Time||Significant investment in one-time crop plan and related schedules.||Typically less than half the time to develop a new crop schedule, after becoming familiar with the system. After schedule is updated the data is used for task lists and record keeping, as well as for CSA and resource management.|
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