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Video: Export Shapefiles to Displays

March 14, 2016 - This tutorial demonstrate how to import a shapefile (VRA Rx Map) into Farm Works Software®, followed by writing it out to a field display. This process is important because most trusted advisors create VRA prescription maps and will provide a shapefile (*.shp) to the farmer to complete the task.  This video shows the proper steps of importing the shapefile, assigning the correct supply within Farm Works, and writing it out to the field display.

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Something Innovative is Coming Soon

February 20, 2016 - Farm Works Software® is working on something innovative that will change the way you utilize your farm data.  Be the first to find out by clicking here and filling out the form.  Another option is to visit us at one of the upcoming farm shows for a hands-on demonstration of this data management innovation!

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February Online Newsletter
/ Other / Newsletters / Feb16_pic.jpg In this issue:
  • Exciting Innovation Coming Soon
  • New and Improved Connected Farm Website
  • Yield by Variety Graph Report
  • Updates to Connected Farm
  • Prepare for Soil Sampling Season
  • Farm Works Classroom Training Schedule
  • Farm Works Online Training Schedule

Save 10% on E-Filing W2s & 1099s

December 19, 2016 - Did you know that you can save 50% of your time e-filing W-2s, W-3s, 1096s, and 1099s within Farm Works?  Not only do you save time, but money too.  Farm Works 2015 can upload data electronically to the IRS, Social Security Administration, and state agencies. This service benefits farms of all sizes with anywhere from one employee (or 1099 vendor) to hundreds of employees (or 1099 vendors). The service also gives you the ability to have forms printed and mailed to your employees and/or vendors, eliminating the process of you printing and mailing W-2s, W-3s, 1096s, and 1099s – a huge time savings.

Advantages of e-filing include:

  • Eliminating costly paper forms.
  • Paying for only the number of forms you file (even if it’s just one).
  • Lower labor costs of printing, mailing and manually submitting forms.
  • Status check via email on your federal and state filings.
  • Viewing submitted payer forms in a PDF format which is free with the purchase of any service.

Upcoming Farm Works Classes in March

January 20, 2016 - Farm Works Software® is offering classroom training at various locations in March.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to better utilize the software while networking with other users at the same time.

Cost of training is $130 per person for 1 day, $225 for 2 days, and $300 for 3 days (lunch is included).  Class size is limited so be sure to register early by using the links below.


March 8-10, 2016

Hamilton, IN

Register for Hamilton

March 15-17, 2016

Bloomington, IL

Register for Bloomington

March 21-22, 2016

Grand Forks, ND

*Contact Paul Overby for details at 701-351-0913

March 23-24, 2016

Rugby, ND

*Contact Paul Overby for details at 701-351-0913

March 22-24, 2016

Des Moines, IA

Register for Des Moines



Day 1

Day 2 

Day 3

Farm Works Software
Accounting Basics

Farm Works Software

Farm Works Software
Connected Farm

9:00am – 4:00pm

9:00am – 4:00pm

9:00am – 4:00pm

  • Setting up Clients, Farms, Fields, Supplies 
  • Setting up Equipment, and Employees
  • Entering Field Records and Printing Reports
  • Importing Field Records
  • Accounting Initial Setup
  • Entering Purchases and Sales
  • Using the Marketing Feature
  • Prepay Supplies
  • Purchasing Equipment
  • Working with Loans
  • Allocating Overhead Expenses
  • Entering Field Records and Reading data
  • Writing and Exporting data out to displays
  • Using internet imagery and drawing maps
  • Creating Yield Maps
  • Importing Soil Type, Trimble Data and Other
  • Prescription Maps: Basic VRA and Formula
  • Working with Yield Data
  • Variety Tracking
  • Guidance Lines
  • Multi-Swath Lines
  • Setup Account and Manage Organizations
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Connected Farm Dashboard
  • Using Office Sync with Farm Works
  • Uploading and Downloading Files
  • Using File Sync
  • Connected Farm Field
  • Connected Farm Fleet
  • Connected Farm Advisor
  • Connected Farm Irrigate


*Pricing and agenda will vary, please contact the Trimble reseller for more details.

Feb 4-5 Training in Minnesota

January 12, 2016 - McPherson Crop Management is offering classroom training on Farm Works at their home office in Janesville, MN.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to better utilize the software while networking with other users at the same time.

Cost of training is $120 per person per day (lunch is included).  Class size is limited so be sure to register early by calling Bernie Zellmer at 507-234-2224.  Please register by January 29, 2016.

McPherson Crop Management office
602 E First St
Janesville, MN 56048

9am – 3pm CST


  • Entering daily records
  • Setup & maintenance of loans
  • Enterprise allocations
  • Working with the check register
  • Reports
  • Year-end


  • Creating sampling grids & zones
  • Importing soil lab data
  • Creating simple VRA maps

Version 2015.07 Now Available

December 21, 2015 - Farm Works Software® has released version 2015.07 of the Office software.

Enhancements include:

  • Commonly Used Reports Menu (All) – the Reports menu now has sub-menus for "Recent" and "Most Viewed". The Recent option shows the 20 most recently viewed reports in the order they were viewed. Most Viewed shows the 15 reports that you have used the most with the most viewed reports listed first.
  • New! Pre-Harvest Interval Report (Mapping) – a new report is now available showing applications of chemicals that have a PHI which includes the area, rate, and quantity applied along with the PHI and the Earliest Available Harvest Date.
  • Enhanced Yield by Variety Report (Mapping) – a graph is now included on the Yield by Variety Report to help visualize the average yield for each variety.
  • Additional Support for Ag Leader Data Files (Mapping) – updates to reading Ag Leader planting files (*.ilf) as well as reading granular application files (*.agdata).  Support also includes reading Ag Leader spray files (*.agdata) when tank mixes are involved.  Now tank mixes default to the point size of the data to match the swath width of the implement. 
  • Additional Support for ISOXML Files (Mapping) – updates to reading/writing ISOXML/Taskdata for all displays (AGCO, CNH, Claas, DICKEY-john, Topcon, and Trimble). The new process supports the latest file formats and includes major improvements in speed. The old processor is still available under "Generic Import" as "ISOXML Task Controller - Legacy".
  • Enhancements to VRA and Application Map Legend Templates (Mapping) – legend templates can now be saved for any map that includes a supply (including VRA maps and supply application/coverage maps).  This feature saves time when creating multiple VRA maps that use the same supply and the same legend is required.
  • Improved Support for FODM Files (Mapping) – better support for extremely large data sets that include a large number of feature layer items when writing out to FODM (*.xml) format.
  • Job Report Enhancements (Mapping) – if you select multiple jobs from the "Jobs" tab and print the Job Summary Report, the last page will give input totals for all selected jobs.
  • New! Coverage View of Point Data (Mapping) – a new "Coverage" view of point data is now available for any point data that includes a width.  The coverage view shows the data as polygons.  If the data has row or section views, the polygons will be at the smallest level.  This coverage view will only be available for data that was imported in with version 2015.07 or higher.
  • Updated Crop Summary Report (Mapping) – when selecting the "Group by FSA Info" option in the Crop Summary Report, the report better separates fields by FSA Tract.
  • New Support for Road Map Imagery (Mapping) – the Background Imagery button is now a drop-down that lets you select between displaying just Road Maps (with Labels) or combined Road & Satellite Maps (with labels).
  • Fixed Reading Materials with Trimble Precision-IQ App (Mapping) – if reading data collected with a Trimble TMX-2050™ display using the Precision-IQ app, material logged will now import properly.
  • Fixed Reading Materials with Trimble FmX Display (Mapping) – if a material is logged in the Event Attributes of the FmX®, that material will now be read into Farm Works Software. In the past this would have been shown as N/A.
  • Additional Support for Reading Trimble SIS Data (Mapping) – when importing Soil Information System™ (SIS) data, additional attributes are now supported as well as the creation of a "Core Locations" layer that shows where cores were pulled. This also supports the automatic reading of boundary data collected with SIS.
  • Updated Support for Yara Data (Mapping) – a new data driver (FODD) can be used to read the latest Yara file format.
  • Updated Support for CNH Displays (Mapping) – it is now possible to write out job data to both .cn1 and ISOXML/Task data at the same time. This would typically be used with a task controller on a CNH display. There are options where you can specify what types of data to include in each file type (.cn1 and ISOXML).
  • Improvements to Bank Statement Import (Accounting) – added support for importing bank statement data when using a *.ofx file format.
  • New Option for Accounts Payable Coming Due (Accounting) – a new option for payables coming due can be found under the menu Accounting > Payments & Purchases. This brings up a window that comes up when you start the program and shows payables that are due in the near future (or overdue) and allows you to pay them from this window.
  • New Filter Option for Storage Locations (Accounting) – if using the Edit Filter button to filter jobs, a new option to filter by storage location is now available.  This feature will show only harvest jobs for the selected harvest location.
  • Support for 2015 Tax Forms (Accounting) – updated support for 2015 Forms 1099-Misc & 1096 and W-2 and W-3.
  • Updated Support for 2016 Federal & FICA/Medicare Withholding Taxes (Accounting) – this release includes the preliminary 2016 Tax Withholding Tables for Federal and FICA and Medicare withholding. Note that if the final rates are different from the preliminary rates, an update will be available in January with the final rates.
  • Updated Support for E-Filing (Accounting) – updates to electronic filing for 2015 W-2, W-3, and 1099-Misc & 1096 data.
  • Improvements to Cash Flow Statement (Accounting) – improvements to asset trades where the trade-in is worth more than the equipment being purchased and you are receiving money from the trade.


Customers of the Office software who are subscribed to the Update Service Plan (USP) will automatically receive these features by selecting “Check for Updates" located under the Help menu.  Another option is to use the download link:

U.S. Holiday Support Hours

December 7, 2015 – Farm Works Software® would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday season.  To celebrate the season, Farm Works support will be closed or limiting hours on the following days below.  We look forward to assisting each one of you, so please use this opportunity to plan your support needs. 

Dec. 21 - 23
8am - 8pm EST
Dec. 24 - 26
Closed (Christmas Holiday)
Dec. 28 - 30
8am - 4pm EST
Dec. 31 - Jan. 2
Closed (New Years Holiday)

Scout App Reaches 100,000 Downloads

November 20, 2015 - We are celebrating over 100,000 downloads of the Connected Farm Scout app, making it one of the most popular apps in precision agriculture. Farmers and advisors use the app to collect field boundaries, mark flags, and enter scouting information about weeds and pests. All data collected from the app transfers wirelessly to Connected Farm Free (web platform) and Farm Works Software® (desktop platform that requires the latest Update Service Plan).

Farm Works customers are required to be on the latest version when using the Connected Farm Scout app.  If you are not subscribed to the latest Update Service Plan, please call 1-800-225-2848.

Download the app from iTunes or Google Play.

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Video: Working with Yield Data

November 1, 2015 - Now that harvest is complete, it is time to import and handle yield data within the Farm Works™ Mapping software.  Farm Works Mapping can import yield data from multiple sources including Ag Leader, John Deere, CNH, Trimble, and more.  Learn how to clean up the data with harvest filters, correct for errors in machine settings, and utilize scale tickets to reconcile yield maps.  Also, understand how to normalize multiple years of yield data and print reports.

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