Grain production is a complex business due to the fact that the production workshops are the fields and the production is in the open air, where the end result is very dependent on the climat conditions during the crop season. A common statement is that in the grain production planning is not possible at all – YES, but – NO. While it is not possible to plan an exact date and time range, to plan which field with which crop, variety or hybrid, fertilization and plant protection is more than mandatory, both from an agronomic and economic point of view. It is critical for agribusinessmen to plan and procure the necessary fertilizers, chemicals and seeds with specific varieties, but also to take care of the machinery fleet and fuel.
For this purpose, the company Entegra with 20 years experience in business software development , and 10 years in solutions for Agribusiness created a specialized solution – N.E.X.T Agri. A complete software system optimized to comprehend the processes even in the largest farms, covering all stages of grain production from crop rotation and material planning, through processing field operations, to storage and sale of grain.
- N.E.X.T. Agri uses following unique functionalities:
- Bulk operations – planning is a functionality in which one record creates the plan for many fields at once – for example, all fields that will be sown with the same crop and variety. A fertilization and plant protection plan containing fertilizers and application rates is introduced, which may be different in different fields due to the specifics of the soil or data from soil analysis, which are also present in the system.
- Bulk operations – execution is a function in which the planned activities are marked as performed, as well as the input materials (fertilizers, chemicals and seeds) aredischarged from the warehouse and distributed by the system by fields.
- Integration with GPS telematics systems – through the connection with GPS tracking systems for agricultural machinery, N.E.X.T automatically captures information about processed acres of each machine by fields, as well as fuel consumed. N.E.X.T. is successfuly integrated to John Deere Operations Center.
How do we solve the complex task of planning the materials in N.E.X.T. Agri?
Specialized functionality -“Analysis of inventories” based on the previuous created bulk operations planning, as well as the current stocks provides information in the form of a balance sheet for the necessary seeds, fertilizers and chemicals for the upcoming campaign. It compares demand with current stock ordered by suppliers and expected for delivery, so finally calculates the quantities in short supply that need to be ordered.
How N.E.X.T. cope with the severity of farmers to fertilizers, preparations and seeds?
The warehouse solution in N.E.X.T. maintains separate groups for the nomenclatures with their specifics. For seeds, information on germination, FAO index, country of origin, etc. is maintained. The fertilizers supports information about active ingredients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, micro elements), which allows on the one hand to monitor the active substance by fields, and on the other hand to replace one product with another. plant protection, while maintaining an active substance and interchangeability of one chemicallllll with another active ingredient.
How is high precision in grain intake and storage achieved?
The harvest is one of the most exciting filed operations, because it has a revenue character. N.E.X.T. integrates with the auto scales on the farm, thus, quickly and accurately puting in silos or flat warehouses, eliminating the risk of errors and abuse. Each truck is scaled, and it is also possible quality indicators to be entered automatically via integration with the laboratory analysis device. Another option is the connection with the thermo ropes in the silos. The owner has information at any time about the quantities of grain entered, currently available, including quality indicators and test weight.
What does the data bring us?
“The devil is behnd the details” – one of the most valuable benefits in N.E.X.T. are the numbers. Operating screens show dynamic information, not static as in conventional products. Every operation performed on the farm is immediately reflected on everyone’s work screen. Soil characteristics (chemical elements), input nutrients (Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, etc.), harvested yield and quality indicators (protein, fat content) by fields – all this in one screen? YES in N.E.X.T. is a reality and on one screen you can see how the nutrients supply has affected the yield – quantitatively and qualitatively. Unit cost, including work in progress and planned revenue, is a standard reference that can be called “in seconds” at any time. Comparison of profitability by crops, varieties and hybrids by economic years and fields is also a standard reference in the system. As in Entegra the attitude and the approach to the client are individual – the development of specific reports for a client is a daily routine for team.
The business year is different from the accounting year – how do we solve the problem?
In N.E.X.T. the business year is an important indicator that is used both in planning and as a filter in the reports related to the crop seasons, and historical data on previous ones are available at any time. All operations and costs are accumulated as of the current marketing year, and the harvest is over. The accounting year, on the other hand, is managed separately, with the most productive option being integrated with the accounting software the client uses, where the information needed for accounting is transferred quickly and easily.
What are the benefits of N.E.X.T.?
The implementation of N.E.X.T. provides complete and reliable information needed for profitable decision making and accurate planning. On the other hand are data security, cost control, elimination of errors and abuses. The investment pays off in the first seasons by saving costs, optimizing processes and increasing profitability. The lack of human resusrces within the rural areas is also soleved successfuly where the companies are planning and achieving high growth with the same human potential or with slightly increase, employees are working more happy and are haveing more free time for training, thinking and planning.
Other vertical solutions part of N.E.X.T. Agri:
- Trade with grain and distribution of seeds, fertilizers and plant protection
- Processing of grain crops e.g. sunflower callibration, peeling, baking and oil production