Farmers find themselves overwhelmed with choices of farm software these days. With so many choices how do you make the right one so you only move your data once? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and the different software companies as makes your decision.
Is it easy to use?
Now that you put all your data into the software. Can you get your data out easily? Can you access your data from anywhere? Is it set up in a way that is customer focused?
Does this company and their developers really understand where you're coming from as a farmer?
Many companies in this industry do not come from a farming background. So, do they know what farmers need? Do they listen to their customers and get regular feedback from them? I would ask the company those questions.
Do you need an eCommerce site to sell things?
Getting products to customers is even more complicated with Covid 19. Is your farm management platform making it easy to sell your items?
Picking the right one can save you time
You don't have to recreate the wheel here. There are many software companies out there that have been working to solve these issues. Many farms spend a lot of time building their own spreadsheets, input data into multiple applications on top of running their farm. Entering farm data is not why you got into farming. Like any tool you use on your farm the software you use should fit the job.
There are many to choose from
There are a wide variety of different online and desktop systems these days on the market for farmers. In our experience the right software really depends on the type of operation you are running, how much automation you may or may not have in place, you’re level of experience with farm planning, management, or record keeping software and what’s important to your business.
Most farm management software should include these key features:
Record keeping & traceability features
Crop planning and field mapping capabilities
Farm schedule and task management
Historic harvest/yield reporting and trends
Track field activity
Some farm management systems focus on niche needs and others have solutions that are designed for a specific scale of operations. For example, features like automated tracking and reporting integrated into IOT devices or tractors. Other systems offer a broader set of features that can help with your whole agriculture business. For example, farm accounting capabilities, livestock tracking & genealogy, grazing management, tractor and equipment record keeping, CSA management, etc.
At the end of the day I would recommend taking a few different software solutions for a test drive. Look for an online solution that offers you a free no hassle trial, so you can really try it out. See what makes the most sense for your operation and is easy to get started with and use.
The right tool
A good farm management system should help your business be more efficient, productive and inevitably profitable and it should be able to provide you insight into what is working and not working for you.
Beyond the key features of any system, I’d also keep in mind:
Is the system safe, secure and built to protect your data
Is it easy to use? You don’t want to waste a bunch of time fighting with the software.
A good solution that can help you doesn’t need to cost as much as a new tractor
What are the goals of the company who developed the software? Are they heavily focussed on profits for their investors or are they customer feedback driven and focussed on helping their customers (farmers) be more successful?
Who is Farmbrite?
All-in-one farm & ranch software We’ve designed it to be different from other farm management systems out there as it provides a set of solutions to help you get organized:
Crop tracking and planning
Manage farm scheduling, activities and tasks
Manage all your livestock needs (record keeping, expenses & production reporting, grazing management, genealogy, breeding, etc)
Flexible and customizable to meet the needs or all kinds of operations and producers
Accounting and Schedule F reporting
Keep detailed records for all your inventory, equipment and customers
Our goal is to help get farmers better organized, keep better records, manage their resources, track production and identify trends to gain valuable insights and increase efficiency and profits.