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For over a decade, Jose has cultivated a thriving pineapple crop in the picturesque landscapes of Costa Rica. However, two years ago, he embarked on a transformative journey by implementing AGRIVI Farm Management Software. His goal? To consolidate all vital operations onto one centralized platform where he could record and access data, plan his pineapple seasons, perform weekly plans, and have a daily overview of tasks and budget.
Before this digital transformation, Jose dealt with some familiar challenges. Tracking farm operations data, accessing real-time information, and gaining a precise overview of production costs were some of the usual challenges he faced. Moreover, all operations on his farm were managed through Excel spreadsheets, so it was difficult to manage everything efficiently since he didn’t have information in real time.
Driven by the recurrent challenges of each season, Jose recognized the need for a digital solution that would provide him with precise and intelligent data for improved efficiency and profitability.
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Efficient Season Planning and Monitoring
After two years of implementing AGRIVI Farm Enterprise platform, Jose records tangible improvements in his farm work management. Among the key benefits he experienced were enhanced time management, the ability to oversee all farm operations, and the capability to monitor planned versus actual activities, facilitating timely decision-making when required.
Nowhere is this improvement more evident than in his approach to planning pineapple seasons. As a part of season preparation, Jose creates a season template that outlines all activities necessary for his crop, along with the tasks associated with each activity, prioritizing them according to timing, which saves time and makes data recording easier when the season begins. This comprehensive template encompasses everything from soil tillage and fertilization to scouting and harvesting. Thanks to this, Jose now has a precise overview of his planned activities and their scheduled timelines, allowing him to delegate farm work management responsibilities to his farm manager.
Within the AGRIVI Work Order module his farm manager, creates, assigns, and monitors tasks in real-time, ensuring that the entire team remains organized and on track with their to-do lists. Moreover, within the planned part of the Work Orders, he can prepare daily, weekly, or monthly plans during the entire season. Leveraging the detailed insights and reporting features within the AGRIVI platform, the farm manager can analyze the team’s productivity and optimize the farm’s workflow effectively.
Overview of Budget vs. Actual
One of the very convenient benefits of working in AGRIVI FMS is that Jose can define his crop production budget for the whole season and define amounts and prices for each item he is planning to use during the season. Budget vs. Actual feature then allows him to maintain a timely grasp of his budget’s status, enabling him to analyze whether his initial plan aligns with the reality on the ground. With these insights, he can make data-driven decisions promptly and even forecast the budget for the upcoming season based on the current season’s performance.
This is especially convenient in overcoming cost hikes and inflation challenges due to the global macroeconomic situation. With the help from AGRIVI FMS, he can for example optimize and reduce his input usage based on the planned activities and needs from the field, and then make savings in his total planned budget.
Data-Driven Insights at the End of the Season
Upon completing the final planned activity of his latest pineapple season, Jose embarks on a comprehensive performance analysis. The ability to create a season template and track all activities and budgets within a centralized platform empowers him to analyze all aspects of overall productivity.
As the season concludes, Jose reviews the consumption of various agricultural materials, to see what amounts were spent and remaining supplies so he can plan and purchase materials for the next season. He also examines the hours and performance of workers in each field, which provides valuable insights into the farm’s overall efficiency.
Additionally, the Field Analytics feature allows him to analyze the yield per field. Thanks to this feature he discovered that one field had a lower yield than others, so he could analyze what caused it. He could analyze the amount of fertilizers and crop protection products he used, water usage, and overall productivity. Based on this data-driven insight he can improve the plan and activities for the next season.
With insights drawn from the concluded season, Jose can revise activities and tasks that did not meet expectations in the new season templates, with the ultimate goal of achieving higher yields and reducing costs.
Overcoming Work Management Challenges with Farm Management Software
This story is just an example of how implementing farm management software empowers farmers to optimize their crop production and make their farms more efficient. By centralizing operations and providing real-time data, AGRIVI enhances season planning, task monitoring, and budget control. AGRIVI is a go-to solution for precise and comprehensive daily work planning enabling farmers to make data-driven decisions and adapt in a rapidly changing agricultural landscape.
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