FarmLogs, the year-old Web-based farm business management software program, is adding new features in time for the 2013 growing season.
New features will include automated radar-based field-level precipitation monitoring, plus new and updated smartphone and tablet computer applications for Android and iPad/iPhone devices. The applications will include offline capabilities to allow operation when cellular signals are spotty, says Jesse Vollmar, FarmLogs co-founder and chief executive officer.
A new tool to track equipment records also is on the horizon. “Our Web-based platform allows us to add features regularly without having to wait for periodic updates as with PC-based software,” Vollmar says.
FarmLogs is designed to help growers plan, manage and analyze their farm’s operations, with tools to quickly forecast and measure profits, track expenses and schedule field operations. Because it is Web-based, the software and operations data are accessible anywhere with Internet access via smartphone or a Web browser.
The software includes a dashboard, which gives users a daily snapshot of a farm’s performance, access to maps, calendars, weather conditions, market prices and relevant news. Field activities such as planting, fertilizing and harvesting can be quickly logged in the Web browser, or right from the field using the GPS-enabled mobile app. Users can then drill down into their farm’s performance to learn from previous results and use that information to make smarter, more-efficient farming decisions, Vollmar says.
“Our goal with FarmLogs is to create software that is powerful and easy to use,” he says. “If you understand how to farm, you should understand how to use FarmLogs.”
FarmLogs is available on a subscription basis for 5 cents/acre/month, or 50 cents/acre annually. For information, call 650/488-4424 or visit www.farmlogs.com.