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September 2018

Dear Friend,

Moon corn
 Harvest moon...almost.

 We hope you're having a safe and productive harvest season. Here's what's new:

  • Prepare for Software Price Increase.
  • Highlights from Day Two of the Ag Software Success Summit.
  • Supplying Maker's Mark.
  • Expanding Agriculture's Horizon on the Silicon Prairie.
  • Recording Harvest Data.                                                                                                                                                                                                             SDG

Prepare for Price Increase

Ever since the release of our first Windows versions in 2000 we've held the line on software and support costs and even driven those costs down through a cloud subscription service while at the same time the Consumer Price Index has increased by 46%.

It's finally time to make the necessary adjustments so we can continue to develop and support agriculture's most powerful integrated management platform.  That's why we're initiating a 30% across-the-board price increase effective December 1, 2018.  This will include on-premise and hosted software as well as support plans.

However, you can still lock in "pre-Millennium" prices by calling 800.437.7638 or emailing by November 30th. 

Highlights from Day Two of the 2018 Ag Software Success Summit

Here are some visual highlights from the second day (breakout sessions) of the 2018 FBS User Conference, August 22-23 in Moline, Illinois.  Click here to access copies of the slides presented.  Next month we'll begin linking videos.

Breakout Classroom

 Concurrent breakout sessions were geared to user enterprises and accounting experience.


Kent-Controllers Corner

  Kevin Christensen, Bob Krogmeier and Kent Mogler address accounting topics.

Peter Hicks--Data Harvest 

Brian Watkins
Peter Hicks, Data Harvest, and Brian Watkins, Cropzilla, describe the "Internet of Things."
John Pork Benchmarks Howerton
John McNutt presents Pork Cost of Production Benchmarks.

 Thanks to these co-sponsors:

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FBS Users in the News 

 Albert and Bernard Peterson provide quality grain and just-in-time delivery to help make Maker's Mark bourbon.

Peterson Farms, Lorreto, Kentucky, raise and market specialty crops, including No. 1 Corn for Maker's Mark bourbon and wheat for McDonald's biscuits.  Read how bushels of corn and wheat are transformed to barrels and bottles of bourbon whiskey on the Farm Futures magazine website.  


American Society of Agricultural Consultants Announces Annual Conference

The annual conference of the American Society of Agricultural Consultants (ASAC) will focus on technology in agriculture and how consultants can adapt in a constantly-evolving ag landscape. Expanding Agriculture’s Horizon on the Silicon Prairie brings together world-class speakers in ag consulting, along with some of the most respected companies in agriculture, including John Deere, Pioneer, Farm Credit, and others.  The conference, to be held November 4-6 in Kansas City, Kansas, will take a comprehensive look at global agriculture and the impact it has on U.S. agriculture and how ag consultants can better serve their clients domestically.

“Whether you are new to consulting or a seasoned professional, we’ve lined up a program that will provide education impacting all areas of your consultancy,” says Moe Russell, ASAC conference planning chair and owner of Russell Consulting Group. “Day one has sessions on leadership and collaboration opportunities for ag consultants, as well as presentations by Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting and Roy Ferguson of the Ferguson Group, two leaders in ag consulting with decades of experience. Day two focuses on technology in agriculture, with information you can take back to your clients.”

The core of ASAC membership is ethics. ASAC consultants value honesty and fair dealing in a manner which promotes the personal growth of their customers, employees, and shareholders. Sam Bartee, CCA/CAC, the West Central Division Agronomist for Helena Chemical Company, will lead the ethics session “Ethics – A Core Value in Today’s Consulting Environment.”

“The face of agriculture changes daily, and this conference, with educational programming from leaders in agribusiness, will give ag consultants the tools they need to better serve their clients,” says ASAC president, Robert Mehrle.

Click here for the agenda and to register online.

Q&A: Recording Harvest Data

Sarah Dixon, FBS Sales and Support Coordinator

Q.  How do you enter harvest data in FBS?

A.   We offer four options:

1. Input>General>Crop Tab>General Input

Harvest 1

This option records only quantities but will shrink wet to dry quantities.


2. Input>General>Crop Tab>Harvest/Buy/Sell/Move by Load

Harvest 2

Then Enter Loads

Harvest 3

This option allows entering by weight as well as quantity (shown in this example) and can store by load.

3. Input>General>Accounting>Deposit or Accounts Receivable

Harvest 4

Under this option you can simultaneously record the crop harvest and sale in a single entry.  (Not recommended with E.CLIPSE Management Accounting.)

4. The last option imports harvest data using the MACH 2.0 Interface from files created by yield monitors, grain carts, truck scales, MyJohnDeere, Conservis or Granular (provided that information contains columns for date, field, acres and quantities).

MACH 2.0 2017
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