Sunflowers are a very popular cut flower and have potential to add diversity to any market grower’s product mix. We started growing a few last Fall for our seasonal retail stand to add diversity to our pumpkin patch. There are many different options when looking at selecting varieties to grow. There are differences in single stem or branching, pollen or pollenless, stem strength, blooms per plant, bloom size, days to bloom, color, day-neutral or not, and climate considerations.Continue reading
Did you know that the United States is the world’s largest commercial producer of strawberries? The U.S. produces 3 billion pounds of strawberries per year! Fresh strawberries are characterized by their red color, juicy texture, distinct aroma, and sweet, fruity flavor. Since there are over 500 varieties of strawberries grown worldwide, you can easily buy strawberries year-round.Continue reading
Albany, New York – ADAK Software is excited to announce the launch of Farm Production Manager. This innovative vegetable and flower growing production planning and management software application will transform the way Business Minded Farmers plan and control production on their farms. This includes greenhouses and hydroponics facilities. The official launch date for Farm Production Manager is September 24, 2018.
ADAK Software believes Farm Production Manager will replace the collections of homegrown spreadsheets that most farmers use today.
Our customers are Market Farmers of all types; vegetable, flower and fruit growers, organic and natural. They will no longer need to use complicated formulas to calculate requirements for field area, critical resources and purchased components. This modern digital tool for the business-minded farmer will enable adopters to become more agile competitors. User will react faster to changes in the supply chain and anticipate capacity and material requirements.
Farm Production Manager is available in the cloud on a subscription basis. The application can be deployed at significantly lower operating costs over time. The system outperforms spreadsheet driven systems currently used by many market farmers. Also, cloud-based performance provides much better data security and availability than local in-house networks.
Managing the Growing Process
The Farm Management application uses a simple production model to define the growing process. It’s all-inclusive, from seed purchase to greenhouse transition, and field planting to the harvest event. Farmers start by entering harvest output and harvest dates for a given product or crop. Then, the Farm Production scheduler instantly calculates all dependent dates and quantities. Farmers can also schedule crops forward from the planting date.
The system comes with a resource planning capability which allows Farmers to extend the Production plan quantities and dates. User defined resources can be connected to a crop as a bill of resources. So, the entirety of activities and resources that can be scheduled includes production starts and completes for trays and fields. Harvest activity can be scheduled with any combination of user specified resources.
Outputs are available via an array of reports. Focused task lists are deployed in dynamic tabular grids that support users’ farm specific real-time customizations. Farmers can show or hide columns, rearrange the order, sort filter and group.
Finally, Farm Production Manager’s Record Keeping feature allows the farmer to track results at each stage of the plan. Smartphones and tablets will provide for remote recordkeeping tasks, in the farmhouse, greenhouse or in the field. The Farm Product Manager Record Keeping App, will soon be available for download from the Google and Apple app stores.
Farm Production Manager – Customer Testimonial
It’s hard to explain how useful this program is. I’ve tried all the other ones. Nothing comes close.
Yes, you have to put the data in. But then it’s magic every crop, every field, row foot, greenhouse tray, harvest #’s, dates, customer, seed count and so much more display in multiple formats and reports.
CLICK and reformat or customize any REPORT and export with multiple options.
Combines all my market demands into one crop plan. The resources / tasks feature keeps my field operations on schedule
Bob Walker ~ Farm Manager
Katchkie Farm ~ Kinderhook, NY
About Katchkie Farm
Katchkie Farm is a year-round NOFA-certified organic Community Supported Agriculture farm in Kinderhook, New York. Katchkie is dedicated to building connections between consumers, food professionals & families and healthy, delicious local food. The farm prides itself on holistic stewardship of the land and its bounty. Katchkie’s partnership with the Sylvia Center enhances our educational mission by hosting children for hands-on farm-to-table culinary experiences and supporting their cooking programs in New York City.
About ADAK Software, LLC
ADAK Software has been developing scheduling software and working with farms to schedule their crops and keep records, since 1996. ADAK aggressively adopts and incorporates new technology into its products with Farm Production Manager available as a completely cloud-based application. We have an industrial strength backend using Microsoft Azure SQL Server and the best user interface technology available. Farm Production Manager’s user interface is customizable by the User and data interactions with the cloud are fast and responsive. ADAK also offer mobile apps to extend the utility of our product to areas where internet connectivity does not exist.
Gardening Through the Year!
It is hard to pick a favorite gardening month or gardening activity for that matter, but May combines the joy of setting out seedlings, planting seeds, harvesting the first vegetables and all without mosquitoes. The air and soil are warm. The rains are plentiful (usually). The pests are few.Continue reading