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 FarmSMART                                                        June 2017 

In this Issue:

User Conference General Session

User Conference Integration Partners

Pre-Conference Workshops

FBS Users in the News

Event Calendar

July Free Webinars

Q&A:  Finding Scanned Document 

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Dear Friend,

A herd of "cautiously optimistic" pork producers arrived at this year's World Pork Expo for great food, networking and shopping.  The FBS Users above were "confidently optimistic" because they know and have control of their true costs and margins.

Many of them will also participate in the FBS User Conference where they'll be able to benchmark their costs against other industry leaders.

Also in this month's FarmSmart:

  • User Conference Day One Agenda.
  • Integration Partners.
  • Pre-Conference Workshops.
  • How to Make Your User Conference Hotel Reservations.
  • FBS Users in the News.
  • Event calendar.
  • July free webinars.
  • Link to recorded webinars.
  • Scanned document viewing options.                                                                                                                                                                                                          SDG


User Conference Day One Agenda

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The 2017 FBS Farm Computer User Conference kicks off the Day One General Session on Tuesday, August 22 at 9:30 am with an innovative idea exchange among participants.  We'll also tap your brains for future software opportunities with an interactive survey.

Next you'll be inspired and challenged by these world class management, accounting, and technology experts:




  General Session Guest Speakers
Bernick cropped.jpg Jeanne Bernick, consultant with K-Coe Isom  and former editor of Top Producer magazine, will deliver the keynote address, "The Farmers of Our Future" at 10:45 am.
Vogt cropped.jpg Willie Vogt, editor and technology guru with the Penton Farm Progress Group (including Farm Futures and Farm Industry News) will speak on “Assessing Tech:  Five Top Trends to Watch for in 2018 and Beyond” at 1:00 pm.            
Moe 2012.jpg Moe Russell of the Russell Consulting Group will share the latest cost-reducing strategies for crop producers in the "How Low Can You Grow?" section at 1:45 pm.
McNutt cropped.jpg John McNutt, consultant with LattHarris CPAswill grade 2016 corn and soybean cost benchmarks, identifying what separates an "A" producers from the "Cs."

Next you'll be introduced to the 2017 Integration Partners Panel at 2:30 pm.  These companies offer management technologies that either integrate directly with FBS or have the potential for sharing data.  Following their panel discussion you'll be able to participate in rotating "pop up" round tables where you can interact directly with the representatives.  They will also host display tables throughout the conference.

Integration Partners Panel

Conservis delivers the insight to manage complex agricultural operations with more control and less uncertainty through enterprise-class software and personalized guidance. (FBS and Conservis integrate through a "cloud" API.) 

CropZilla.png  How do you make your decisions for new equipment, land or anything on your farm? CropZilla can show you the financial impact and the effect on your schedule before you spend any money. CropZilla is the ultimate decision-support tool for your farm.
granular_logo_horizontal_RGB_transparent (1).png  Granular is one of the first companies to apply Silicon Valley technology expertise to the agriculture industry. We use software and data science to transform farming, increase transparency, and enable new ways of doing business.  (FBS imports field records from Granular.)
MAXIMUS is a state-of-the-art upgradeable systems for remotely and safely managing your poultry, hog and dairy facilities using your computer, your smart phone, or your tablet.

Praxidyn Mixmate is a precision chemical mixing system.  Product inventory and usage information is available at your fingertips. The Mixmate app can be used stand-alone for manual data entry or add components to automate features.

Wrapping Up Day One
The General Session will conclude with a preview of "New Opportunities in Software" by the FBS staff at 4:00 pm.
Celebration Belle 2016.jpg At 6:00 pm we'll board the Celebration Belle for a scenic and relaxing prime rib dinner cruise on the Mississippi River.

We'll return to the hotel at 9:00 pm for a good night's rest before the busy "breakout day" on Wednesday, August 23.  Watch for July's FarmSmart newsletter for the agenda and speaker information for Day Two.

Click here to go to the conference website or call 800.437.7638.   Register by July 15 for "early bird" savings.

Pre-Conference Workshops August 21

Please join us for two specialized pre-conference training sessions on Monday, August 21 (one day prior to the User Conference General Session).

Farm/Trust Manager

 Receive hands on training with FBS’s specialized accounting system for professional farm managers.  Learn best practices from other firms as well as how to implement productivity tools like the scanner interface, grain inventories and contracts, customized reports and the ManagerView™ database.    Session runs from 9 am-12 pm.  Limited seating.  Click here to register or call 800.437.7638.

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 Data Mining

Discover new ways of extracting valuable knowledge from your FBS database in this intensive hands on session. 

  • Financial statements--report level, template and column options
  • Crop and Feeding Cost Analysis--templates   and column options
  • Consolidated Cost Analysis--mastering the  "monster"
  • Standard Cost/Vendor Monitor Report
  • Smart Feeder User-Defined Reports
  • Adding graphs to FBS reports
  • TransActon Plus User-Defined Report
  • Exporting to Excel
  • Unlocking the power of Report Generator 
  • NEW:  tapping into FBS through MS Access
  • Automated batch reporting

Session runs from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.   Limited seating.  Click here to register or call 800.437.7638.

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Make Your User Conference Hotel Reservations
The FBS User Conference returns to the River's Bend Conference Center adjacent to the Stoney Creek Inn in downtown Moline Illinois.  In addition to the conference meeting rooms the hotel is conveniently located on the beautiful Mississippi riverfront and Ben Butterworth biking/walking trail and a short walk to the John Deere Pavilion.  Make your reservations now by calling the Stoney Creek Inn at 800.659.2220 and requesting the FBS room block.  Hotel reservations must be made by July 21st  to ensure availability and rates.


FBS Users in the News

Jim Heimerl, Johnstown, OH, is President-Elect of the National Pork Producers Council.

Congratulations to Bryan Jorgensen, Ideal, SD and John Schwartz, Sleepy Eye, MN, who were recognized as two of the "10 Successful Farmers to Watch" in the June/July 2017 Successful Farming magazine.

Event Calendar

Please join us for the last national trade show of the season:

Date Event Location Booth#
July 26-28 FFSC_Logo.jpg Syracuse, NY  


July FreVersion 11 Computer.jpge Webinars
July  3:  Double-Checking Planting and Applications for Accuracy
July 10:  Fair Week!  (No webinar.)
July 17:  "Stump Sarah" Session.
July 24:  Cleaning up Crop Input Inventories
All webinars run between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm CDT.  

To register, e-mail by 12:00 pm CDT on the day of the webinar.
NEW:  Catch up on the webinars you've missed by watching them on the Webinar page of our website.

Q&A of the Month:  Handling Replants
Sarah Dixon, FBS Sales and Support Coordinator

Q.  How’s the best way to handle/mark replants in FBS so that it’s possible to analyze the replants separately from regular seeding?

A.  My recommendation is to utilize Application Methods

Go to Setup/Crops/Application Methods and add an application method for "Replant."

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You have many ways to record this application method:

  • General Crop Input/Plant Seeds
  • Input by Center/Field (Macro)
  • MACH 2 Interface (with other crop record systems which have data fields comparable to FBS’s Application Method)

To recall and analyze replants run the Crop History Report, select the Seed tab and sort the Application Methods column by double-clicking on the heading.  This will group all of the replants together. 

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If you need to do further analysis you can export that section of the report to Excel.  Drag and drop the columns in the order you want to see then click the Range button and select the first and last rows and columns of the replants.  Then click F10 on your keyboard to export just the selected range.  It will send that range to the clipboard where you can paste it into Excel.

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