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In an innovative approach to farm and crop recording, MyFarm enables growers to manage all aspects of their farm business in one place and offers tangible efficiency benefits.
As mobile technology takes an ever more prominent position within farm businesses, MyFarm now offers access to cropping information on the go and in the field via a range of apps for smartphones and tablets, meaning that growers are no longer tied to one computer in the farm office. Instead, the responsibility for recording business and cropping information can now be spread across the whole farm team. Because MyFarm is web based, everyone from the farm manager and secretary, through to the sprayer operator and the agronomist can share and update crop records and precision farming data, allowing improved collaboration and reducing the chance of important information or tasks being missed during busy times in the growing season.
Richard Duchesne, who farms near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, describes how the system has allowed his agronomist, Neil Leech, to tailor agrochemical plans based on the up-to-date information in MyFarm, "Neil knows right away if I have done something or not" explains Richard. "So, for example, if he has made a recommendation about a particular programme, but I haven't been able to follow that for some reason, perhaps I've been spraying for someone else and haven't been able to do my own fields, he can adjust for that. He doesn't come back to me with the next part of the programme assuming that I did it on time."
Through a partnership with Muddy Boots software, Frontier has integrated the Greenlight Grower Management system into MyFarm, offering growers a new and accessible alternative to traditional crop recording systems. The combination of increasing demands upon farmers' time, and the growing requirements for accurate and detailed record keeping, mean that creating a system that is simple to use and easy to update has been a key focus.
Andrew Havergal, a senior agronomist working in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, has introduced a number of his customers to MyFarm and is impressed with the results, "The ability to manage all farm data with one flexible, online solution is proving extremely valuable to growers" states Andrew. "By instantly sharing crop records with my customers, we are all able to work more efficiently. Moving to electronic records is also cutting down on a lot of the paper records that used to overflow from farm offices."
Increasing efficiency through streamlined record keeping is now made even easier, with the addition of the MyRecs app for iPad. MyRecs automatically receives and stores agrochemical recommendations from MyFarm, which can then be accessed remotely by the operator in the field. Applications can be recorded straight into the app, instead of on handwritten paper sheets, and any new records will be automatically uploaded to the MyFarm website. By working entirely through electronic records, paperwork is removed from the system and time consuming double entry is avoided. Chris Papworth, one of Andrew's customers in Bedfordshire, used the MyRecs app to record all of his spray applications during spring 2015. He manages more than 600 hectares at Little Staughton Farms, and explains how he uses MyFarm, "When Andrew and I meet we can do the recommendation there and then in the field on his iPad. He sends it over to me and when I'm ready to go out I download the plan, do that application and then it's stored. It makes my office work so much more economical. It's great from a compliance angle too."
Richard Duchesne has also been using the MyRecs app to help manage his busy contracting business, where he has seen particular improvements in his invoicing process, "When I'm working with paper, my sheets are sometimes left in the sprayer, or they are somewhere between the sprayer and the office, or I've left them in the kitchen and then I don't get round to producing the invoices very quickly. With MyFarm, I can print it straight off and do the invoice at the end of the month. It keeps me a bit more organised and I need as much help with that as possible." With work underway to include fertiliser applications and the ability to record field activities in the app, growers will soon be able to access and update a wide range of farm information without setting foot in the office, freeing up more time to concentrate on maximising the potential of their crops.
As well as Greenlight Grower Management and the MyRecs app, MyFarm contains a range of other online tools and access to all of Frontier's existing online services, including iTrac and market information.
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