What’s new on AgDNA – Linked Accounts

Now you and your employees can add extra users to your account – with Linked Accounts, one account can now grant other account holders the ability to add and edit data on their farms.

john deere agdna linked accountsSimply hit the ‘Add’ Button in the top navigational toolbar, and select the ‘Linked Account’ option in the right hand side ‘Setup’ menu.

john deere agdna linked accountsFrom the ‘Setup’ menu, select the ‘Linked Account’ option, and fill in the relevant information required, including the level of read/write access you want the new linked account to be granted.

john deere agdna linked accounts* note – The email required to link the accounts MUST be the email the user’s website login address

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What’s new on AgDNA – Harvest Tracker Tool

Managing crops from planting to harvest is really only one piece of the farming puzzle, and through our feedback channels one of the most common discussion topics we encounter is the antiquated nature of crop tracking during harvest.

To combat this, AgDNA is currently trialing a new Harvest Tracker Tool that was designed to bridge the gap between growers and contractors, and remove the inaccuracies of pre-existing systems that monitor crops between when they leave the field, and are delivered for processing.

You can trial our new Harvest Tracker Tool now by following these subsequent steps:

Step 1Open the Add Control Panel using the Add Button (+) on the RHS of the map toolbar

john deere grain tracking agdnaThis opens up your Add Control Panel, where you administer all new activity and data records for the selected client. Select the ‘Grain Tracking’ option under the ‘Add Work’ heading.

Step 2Once the crop is weighed, the relevant information can be entered into the system

john deere harvest tracker farming agdnaThe Harvest Tracker Tool gives a grower’s employees or contractors the ability to enter information directly into the system from their mobile device, and the map location tool creates an accurate GPS geo-location of exactly where the information was entered.

Step 3Upload a photograph of the ticket

john deere harvest tracker farming agdnaThe final step in the process is generating an image of the ticket, so farm operators can generate accurate records of crop transactions, and verify the information entered by the driver or contractor.

– Thoughts? Feelings? We’d love to hear from you

5 things farmers want equipment manufacturers to know

It seems like such an obsequious article title, but in reality it feels there are often times when farm equipment manufacturers are behind the 8-ball when it comes to listening to critical feedback from their audience.

Huge effort is consistently put into generating social media content on their behalf, but the conversation often goes one way, and at AgDNA we feel that critical feedback from farmers is important when creating durable field-tested products.

Using their own social media, farmers are constantly tweeting, writing, creating, and sharing with the world the intricacies of their life, and most importantly the boundaries that are imposed upon them by their machinery.

Just by looking at everyday conversations, we’ve put together a list of 5 things that we believe farmers want equipment manufacturers to know:

1. Their circumstances change, quickly

john deere case holland tractor farming twitter social mediaWhy is this important for companies to know? Personal, environmental, or financial circumstances can set back an entire harvest, destroy a vehicle, or even cripple a farmer’s ability to operate. For this reason, local dealerships and even the manufacturer themselves often become the first port of when providing solutions to important output-changing circumstances.

2. Things break down all the time

john deere case holland tractor farming twitter social mediaOpen dialogue between manufacturers and customers goes beyond the sales process – as we know equipment sometimes has a tendency to break down , and if the communication between dealers and clients is diluted (or even non-existent), manufacturers can start watching their loyal customer base jump ship very quickly. Communication is key.

3. Farmers love their statistics

john deere case holland tractor farming twitter social mediaIf it has lots of numbers on it, it’s a winner. After sales software is crucially important to a farmer’s business, and with the recent shift in commodity prices farmers are paying attention to numbers now more than ever.

4. Farmers come in all shapes and sizes

john deere case holland tractor farming twitter social mediaThe unseasonal weather isn’t bad for everyone – it’s important to note that while it may be quiet for some, there are other farmers out there right in the middle of their busiest season.

5. They’re online, waiting to be spoken to

john deere case holland tractor farming twitter social mediaFor some dealers social media can understandably become distracting from a sales and service point of view, but it’s worthy to note that farmers are out there, right now, eagerly sharing with the world how well their equipment is working for them. Farmers want to be connected with, spoken to, and continue their interaction with manufacturers long after the sale is done.

AgDNA Online: Working in tandem with your mobile app

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorOne of the many things that makes AgDNA so special are our mobile services; field management, inventory, and automated activity tracking from your mobile device are part and parcel of our core functionality.

But many people don’t realize that alongside the mobile AgDNA App is AgDNA Online, a web-based control center that administers your entire farm from your desktop or laptop computer.

The added bonus of your online account? More computing power means faster response times, more intricate maps, and an enhanced user experience with access to more data than your standard online services.

It’s also completely free.

A more detailed Map Screen

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorYour Online MyFarm map isn’t limited by size, in fact, the map screen shapes itself to whatever screen size you happen to be working with. You’ll also notice your farm is color coded by crop types, and the added size gives you more flexible control to manage your activities and recording more effectively.

More controls

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorThe online environment also gives you more controls than your mobile app, although watch this space for an exciting update to your AgDNA mobile service as we very soon start to launch AgDNA V.3.0.

Charts Button

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorThe Charts button is your online farming dashboard; from here you can get a 1,000ft view on all the agronomic data generated by your farm. View activity charts, see commodity prices, watch 24hr rainfall monitors, and view your entire week’s weather forecast with up-to-the-minute data from our partners at Weather Decision Technologies (WDT).

Activities Button

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorHere you’ll be able to browse your entire activity history, and click on each item for more details. It’s a great way of visually organizing your entire activity list, and when utilizing linked accounts it’s a fantastic way of seeing what person is responsible for each task.

Activity Calendar Button

Add Agenda items to your online farm record so you’ll never miss any of your scheduled tasks ever again.

Layers Control

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorMissing information on the map screen? Or maybe there’s too much? The Layers Button allows you to turn information that’s overlayed over the top of your maps on and off. In other words, you can make your map as complex or as simplified as you want.

Adding new content or managing existing content is easy

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorThe Setup button is the master switch for your entire operation. Here you can view at a glance all of the separate information for all aspects of your farm, allowing you to view information without having to switch between farms on the ‘Farm Selector’ tool.

Want to add new clients? Vehicles? Fields? RCD data? The Add button on the far right of the screen is the place to do it. This is your toolkit for adding in NEW data into your system. Along with data and account information, you can add new machinery, implements, auxiliary devices and recording equipment and assign them to a particular location here.

The Details Tab

agdna farming agriculture john deere case holland tractorNavigating the details tab is the cornerstone of the AgDNA online profile – once the AgDNA app has finished recording your activities, all of the relevant data for that field will be automatically stored to your AgDNA cloud.

Accessing that information is easy, and can be done so using the ‘Details’ function. We’ve created a little online tutorial that will help you understand this function more.

Just play around – the app and your online account work side by side

What more can we say? To get the full user experience, just play around with your online account and get a feel for what the software can do for you. You’ll get the most of your AgDNA experience by using your mobile app in tandem with your online account: set up and record your activities in the field using your mobile app, and then track your overall seasonal progress using your online account.

Accessing your account is easy, just visit agdna.com and hit the ‘Login’ button on the top right of the screen.

It’s 2015 and almost the Jetsons, so get on board – 3 reasons you should consider UAV’s for your farm

farming drone uav agdna john deere case holland agricultureOf course by “get on board” I’m not referring to anything politically or theologically minded, and I’m also not implying that we should all suddenly commence throwing Apple watches on our wrists, start believing the Kardashians have something interesting to say, and begin skateboarding down the steps of town hall shouting “Swag!” at the top of our lungs.

Definitely not.

Especially the thing about the Kardashians.

What I AM saying however is that modern sociological attitudes aside….and using a misplaced train analogy, we should definitely jump on board the technological express. We’ve probably all been exposed already to new technological advancements for our farms, but recent upgrades in drone technology have created new points of interest in agriculture.

Linking with GPS receivers, UAV’s have the ability to create hi-definition image data and sensory data of your entire farming operation, all with a unique bird’s eye view. We’ve heard the name Drone or UAV thrown around the ag-field now for years, and with the FAA relaxing control of airspace over farms for scouting observations the sky is literally the limit on the types of data they can retrieve.

So here are three reasons all farmers need to think about UAV’s for their growing operation:

1. Replacing plane flyovers for topographical imaging data: UAV’s themselves are inexpensive and require no man made effort to fly them. In fact, GPS coordinated Drones can automatically fly pre-plotted courses and create image data of the topography of your farm for analysis. Farmers can have updated aerial images of their entire operation on a regular basis, meaning they can adapt to changing growing conditions faster

2. Detailed spatial and sensory analysis: Replace a UAV’s camera with a thermal infrared sensor and it will yield important crop analysis data. These images show differences in the amount of reflected light, and are indications of plant health or even soil type. Depending on the filter used, diseased or underperforming areas appear much darker, and treatments can be applied in the correct measurable amounts

farming drone uav agdna john deere case holland agriculture3. Spraying and scouting: Drones can even replace humans in doing conventional forms of farm activities. While a UAV certainly does not have the payload of a traditional sprayer, it can be used to reach inaccessible areas for accurate precision crop input application. In other words, if you’ve pinpointed particular areas of interest that require attention and don’t need a large area sprayed, a drone can either be guided by human hands to the location for accurate application, or even automatically guided by GPS. In essence, a UAV used in this way is like a scalpel, doing precision work that a knife is too large for.

For more information on AgDNA, head on over to our website at agdna.com

Upgraded GPS Tracking – An all new version of AgDNA available from the app store

agdna upgrade farm agricultureAt AgDNA we’ve been working hard to make improvements to our services that benefit you, the grower. As harvest season fast approaches we realize it’s important to update features of the app and website that require extra attention. With that in mind, AgDNA would like to introduce you to AgDNA Version 2.1.2

What’s been updated

Recent changes to iOS 8 meant that some GPS tracking services for iPhone and iPad either stopped working, behaved irrationally, or returned invalid results. AgDNA v.2.1.2 fixes this problem, meaning your automated GPS activities can resume and your day to day automated recording can go on unaffected.

What’s new

With better iOS 8 integration comes better processing and app manageability. The new AgDNA allows for smooth transition between pages, and more visibility with GPS tracking and activity recording.

To update your AgDNA App, simply hit the update tab in your App Store Application, or visit the AgDNA App Store here

Improvements to your online account

AgDNA has also been working hard to introduce new features into your online AgDNA account, including Irrigation Filters, Printed Field Maps, and Drawn Field Boundaries

What’s new on AgDNA – Irrigated vs Non Irrigated Fields

AgDNA has been busy introducing a flurry of new filters for our online user accounts; responding to the demands from the agricultural community, this week AgDNA announces the release of the new Irrigation Filter tool.

On your MyFarm map screen, quickly and easily identify which of your fields are irrigated using the new Field Irrigation tool located in the Layers dropdown of your MyFarm Navigational Toolbar. Simply hit the Layers button and select ‘Field Irrigation’.

agdna farming agriculture john deereAlternatively color-code your map screen by Irrigated/Non-Irrigated fields by selecting the Irrigation function in your Crop Type dropdown bar at the top of your MyFarm map screen. The Irrigation tool is located on the bottom of the dropdown.

irrigation agdna farming tractorThe new Irrigation Filter Tool will make your AgDNA experience easier, plus it’s a welcome addition to your comprehensive field reporting tools.