New GPS attachment

A clip-on GPS receiver works with a Compaq iPaq pocket PC and Farm Site Mate. The Quick-Loc GPS receiver is designed for ag applications such as scouting, grid sampling and boundary mapping. It clips onto the back of an iPaq, similar to the way compact flash and PC card expansion packs do. The receiver uses the free WAAS differential correction with 2- to 5-m accuracy. It also works with Field Rover II from SST, Microsoft Streets and Trips, and Pocket Streets 2002. Retail price: $285. Contact Farm Works Software, Dept. FIN, Box 250, Hamilton, IN 46742, 800/225-2848, www.farmworks.com.

Tractor price guide

The 2002 edition of the annual Used Tractor Price Guide by Primedia Business is now available. This resource for buying, selling or trading used tractors includes references to farm tractors manufactured from 1939 to 2001 by 40 different companies. Approximate retail prices of tractors when new and a high and low range of estimated average used values are published in the $12.95 guide. Contact Primedia Business Directories & Books, Dept. FIN, Box 12901, Overland Park, KS 66282-2901, 800/262-1954, www.buyprism.com.

Accounting software

Update your AgChek accounting and financial management system with the 5.0 version, just released by Red Wing Business Systems. The new software includes enhancements to one-step account inquiry, six new transaction entry options, a pop-up reminder for past due invoices and new income statement options. AgChek is an all-in-one farm general ledger with enterprising, budgeting, cash flow, accounts payable, accounts receivable, basic payroll and check writing. Price: $695. Contact Red Wing Business Systems, Dept. FIN, Box 19, Red Wing, MN 55066-0019, 800/732-9464, www.redwingsoftware.com.

Financial manager

T. Murphy Associates has developed a more powerful version of its agMIS suite of MIS software. Priced at $145, the new software focuses on a farm's financial management needs. The updated version will produce the 16 financial ratio reports defined by the Farm Financial Standards Council. It tracks and reports product cycles and fiscal cycles and provides a data warehouse for permanent storage of prior-year records and instant recall of any record. Contact T. Murphy Associates, Dept. FIN, Box 475, Western, NE 68464, 402/433-4801, www.agmis.com.

Business planner

Develop your own business plan with new software designed by the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota. Called Finpack Business Plan, the program will help you think through where you want your business to go and how to get there. It also will help you communicate the business goals and finances to lenders, family members and employees. It works with Finpack, a farm financial planning and analysis program. Price: $295; $145 for Minnesota residents. Contact Center for Farm Financial Management, Dept. FIN, 130 Classroom Office Bldg., 1994 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108-6040, 800/234-1111, www.cffm.umn.edu.