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  • Field Tracker Pro: Innovative crop tracking device
    Innovation 2013

    Field Tracker Pro has been a rapid work in progress throughout its first cropping season thanks to multiple suggestions from enthusiastic users. What started off as a simple recording tool has developed into a full-fledged planning device. Yet it remains easy to use and intuitive, with farm records stored safely and securely in the cloud as soon as the SAVE button is hit. Field Tracker Pro can be used on any device -- smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer -- and works on all platforms from Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows... you name it.

    Steven Roberge, a cash cropper and custom operator in Verner Ontario, is impressed with the efficiency and detail in Field Tracker Pro. Roberge noted at the West Nipissing SCIA tour in August that "whenever my crop advisor wants field details I just refer him to my app as he is set up as an authorized user." Farm manager Mitch DesChatelets of Leisure Farms in Sturgeon Falls, the largest pick-your-own strawberry operation in Ontario, related how he updated his records on the fly while his tractor was on automatic GPS pilot.

    Field Tracker Pro holds information on an unlimited number of fields on each farm. Each field has twelve possible modules from the opening field description through tillage specifics, seed and fertilizer applications, spray and irrigation activities, crop scouting reports, to harvest details and summary notes. All input can be displayed at any time through the individual module or an overall field activity report.

    Planning is one of the key aspects. Most farmers already have a good idea what they are going to do in each field next year, but the proof of success is in the details. The 2013 records are now readily available for making 2014 decisions. In fact, farmers could have input results from even earlier years, but realistically most are not going to go to that extent.

    Field Tracker Pro allows a user to plan his fertilizer, seed, and herbicide requirements ahead of time. This includes application rates, equipment settings, speed and pressure for sprayer operations as well as the exact chemical mix. Planning decisions can be copied to the actual details and then adjustments made for any variances from the original plan. The beauty of different devices shows up right there. It is convenient to sit in the comfort of the farm office in front of the computer in the off-season to make plans based on the latest soil tests and marketing data. The exact same data is available on any portable device a farmer wants to use while walking the fields or driving the tractor or combine.

    Field Tracker Pro is the automation of years of record keeping by the farm partnership of Janet and John Parsons. Janet was the first woman to win the national award as Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer while John is a Certified General Accountant and long-time business columnist for various agricultural publications. Field Tracker Pro was a recipient of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in the fall of 2012. Check out www.farm-apps.com for more detail and sign up for a free 30 day trial at any time.

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