Spring is here and it's time to get your Bushel Farm (formerly FarmLogs) account set up for a successful season! Below are 10 simple steps you can take to get set up and make the most of your Bushel Farm account this year.
10 Simple Steps to Success, Including Links to Step-by-Step Instructions
1. Map your fields
You can add fields by uploading shapefiles, selecting common land units, or if you're subscribed to a Business plan you can ask us to import your fields from John Deere Operations Center or Climate FieldView.
2. Connect to your John Deere Operations Center and/or Climate FieldView account
Before the first seed is planted, set up the connection to your John Deere Operations Center or Climate FieldView account. Doing so will automatically create activities based on the field work completed and inputs used. The Profit & Loss feature is an aggregate view of all the data in your account, so this activity will continue to update your P&L. You can then see detailed analysis of operations on an acre, field, crop, and farm level.
3. Add your crops for the crop year
You can either add crops to fields individually or now you can add the same crop to multiple fields by clicking Add crop on the Fields page or when using the Marketing feature.
4. Log Input purchases
To keep an accurate cost of production automatically as you log field work throughout the season, be sure to log any input purchases you've made already for this year. You can also add saved mixes or custom inputs.
5. Share your account with partners or employees
You can add people or third party service providers to your account with different access levels to make it easier to stay on the same page with all your partners on the farm. Examples may include farm managers, crop consultants, agronomists, marketing advisors, accountants, custom applicators, and more.
6. Customize your Activity Types
Edit the operational cost of each activity type or add new activity types to use when logging field work throughout the season.
7. Set up Other Expense and Revenue accounts
Add Other Expense and Revenue accounts to keep track of costs and income outside of field work and inputs. Think of these as accounts on your income statement such as crop insurance, utilities, and diesel fuel, for example.
8. Set up crops in Marketing
Keep track of your marketing positions on a crop level by setting up marketed crops.
9. Enter land agreements
Ensure you have entered all your land agreements in the Land Costs feature, so your Profit & Loss statement is accurate and you can quickly generate Reports, such as a Crop Share Report.
10. Be ready to use Bushel Farm in the field
Check out rainfall information on a field level. Farmers use this to help plan the logistics of their day. Don't forget to explore the Rain and Heat History charts.
Check out Satellite Imagery for your fields which can help detect yield threats.
Log geo-tagged scouting notes with pictures to keep good records and collaborate with others.