Manual - NEXT Farming Software international, last updated 22/06/2018

NEXT FarmingLIVE start wizard

What is the start wizard?

The start wizard helps you with the initial setup of your NEXT FarmingLIVE account. It supports you in entering and saving your operating data correctly to allow you to later use the functions of NEXT FarmingLIVE.

 

I have logged in for the first time – what do I need to do?

Run through the start wizard and set up your operation as completely as possible. You can then start NEXT FarmingLIVE with its full scope.

 

Why does the area Modules, Apps & Services appear after the log in?

The area Modules, Apps & Services informs you about all our products and solutions. Just click on the free basic module NEXT Crop Planning and DocumentationLIVE to continue with the initial setup of your NEXT FarmingLIVE account.

 

Why can I no longer find the start wizard?

As soon as you have completed the start wizard, it is no longer shown. You can only start over again if you reset your operation to ‘System > Reset to factory defaults’.

 

Start wizard step 1 – My farm data

Why should I enter my tax number / VAT registration number / IACS number?

In future it will be possible to order resources and bill for labour rates through the NEXT FarmingLIVE software. The information is important for invoicing, but not yet mandatory.

 

Which formats must my tax number / VAT registration number / IACS number have?

Tax number: Differs by country, 13 digits.

VAT ID: Country code + 9 digit number for your accounts -> DE123456789

IACS no.: 12 digit company number for application submission/review

 

Start wizard step 2 - My field boundaries

Where do I get my fields and boundaries as files?

Download your fields as a file from the official portal, your terminal, etc. If you cannot upload a file for some reason, please send it to info@nextfarming.com for checking.

 

My official agricultural information portal does not support the export of cutting area files, what can I do?

Please contact your contact for the respective information portal.

 

Can I also draw in my fields and boundaries manually?

Yes, you can choose between an import and manual entry in step 3.
 

How do I create a zip file?

Select all relevant files with your mouse > right click > send to > ZIP compressed folder.

 

Where can I create my set-aside and permanent pasture areas?

You can adjust the usage type during the import or under ‘Master data > fields’.

 

Where can I enter my greening areas?

Currently, you can only enter greening-relevant catch crops under ‘Crop planning > field details (pen icon)’.

 

 

 

Introduction to NEXT FarmingLIVE – Landing page

I have logged in for the first time. What should I do first?

Click on one of your fields and use the quick info menu to go to crop planning and enter the crop types for the various crop seasons. If you are looking for additional functions, e.g. NEXT Wayline ConverterLIVE or NEXT Prescription MapsLIVE, you will find those under ‘Modules, Apps & Services’. The menu bar on the left side shows you the already selected modules.

 

How do I know which crop season I am currently in?

In the header you can select the required crop season and create a new one using the arrow keys.

 

What can I search for and find in the search box?

Go to the respective menu item directly by typing it in. Alternatively, you can use the menu.

 

Where do I find the general help area for NEXT FarmingLIVE?

Click on the green question mark at the top right next to the search box.

 

Where do I get specific help for specific software areas?

At some locations in the software you will find blue boxes with specific help on the current area in the header. Otherwise, click on the question mark and contact our Support Team.

 

Where can I adjust the general account and operation settings, e.g. password?

Click on the name of your operation at the top right, then on Profile. Here you can change the password, view invoices and change payment information. Alternatively, click on ‘System > My Profile’.

 

 

 

Master data

How can I create additional fields and boundaries?

Under ‘Master data à Fields’ you can upload or draw in additional fields and modify or delete them.

 

What does the ‘Master data > Fields’ function offer?

Adding, deleting, editing or disabling fields and storing properties, such as soil type, farming requirements etc.

 

Which master data does the system include?

Plant protection products, fertilisers, seed stock, harvesting products, field crops (main crops and catch crops) and inputs.

              

Is it possible to record one’s own master data?

Yes, machines, employees, operating data, organic and mineral fertilisers and seed stock.

 

What does the System function offer?

Here you can reset your operation with ‘Reset to factory defaults’ and delete all (!) content of your operation. This also applies to all purchased products and services.
You can also access the settings for your profile.

 

Where can I modify my operating data, e.g. invoice address?

You can modify your operating data at any time under ‘Master data > Farm’.

 

Where can I create employees and r them for NEXT Farming?

You can do so under ‘Master data > Employees’ and send them their own login data.

 

Where can I manage my fertilisers and create my own?

You will find this function under ‘Master Data > Fertilisers’.

 

Where can I create and manage my machines?

You will find this function under ‘Master Data > Machines’.

 

Where can I create and manage my seed and plant stock?

You will find this function under ‘Master Data > Seeds’.

 

 

NEXT Crop Planning and DocumentationLIVE - Crop planning

How do I plan a crop on my areas?

In ‘Crop planning’ click on ‘no crop type’ or ‘not planned’ to define a crop type for a field. For multiple entries you can select the relevant fields and adjust the crop type in one of the rows.

 

What is displayed on the right in the GIS?

There you will see the fields in the crop season shown at the bottom right. Different crop types are shown in different colours. You can select the fields also using Ctrl+Click or by clicking on the legend and editing them with multiple recording. Ensure you have the correct crop season.

 

How can I create a catch crop or an additional main crop in the same field?

Click on the pen icon next to the field size to bring up the cultivation details. There you can add a second crop type and select it as a catch crop.

 

How can I divide a field?

Click on the pen icon next to the field size to bring up the field details. You will find the ‘Divide area’ button there. Do this step before planning and documentation.

 

I usually record the same measures for the same crop types. Is this also possible?

Select the corresponding fields and click on ‘+ Create > Measure’ or ‘New task’. The selected fields are transferred and can be easily documented using collective recording.

 

One of my boundaries has changed during a crop season. How can I adjust the boundary?

To adjust the boundary, go to ‘Master data > Fields’. In the field details (pen icon) you can transfer the changes specific to a boundary if required.

 

How do I delete already planned cultivations?

Select the corresponding cultivation areas or years and click on ‘Empty field’. This step cannot be undone.

 

How do I print the cultivation planning? Can I also use this as a field record?

Yes, select the year or the fields and click on ‘Documentation of fields’.

 

 

NEXT Crop Planning and DocumentationLIVE - Documentation

What can I do under Task management?

Here you can complete most of your statutory documentation, such as fertilisation, plant protection etc.

 

How do I create new measures?

Using the button on the menu ‘+ Create à Measure’ or by clicking on ‘Create task’ under ‘Documentation’.

 

How do I modify existing created tasks?

Click on the corresponding measure under ‘Manage tasks’.

 

Does the use of NEXT FarmingLIVE meet the statutory documentation requirements?

Yes, NEXT Farming meets the statutory documentation requirements for Germany, but not yet Cross Compliance. FarmFacts is not liable for the correctness and completeness of your entries.

 

 

NEXT Prescription MapsLIVE

What is a prescription map?

A prescription map tells the tractor and its attachments which areas of a field should be treated differently, e.g. with regard to fertilisation, sowing etc.

 

Which conditions do I need to establish to create my own prescription map?

You only need fields and boundaries in your NEXT FarmingLIVE account. Other background information, such as TalkingFields basic maps, soil samples or yield maps, are optional and can be purchased within the software.

 

How can I obtain TalkingFields basic maps and what do they cost?

You will find these in the area ‘Modules, Apps & Services’ under NEXT FramingSERVICE. They cost €5 per hectare with a minimum order value of €399.

 

What can I do in the area ‘Create prescription map’?

Create prescription maps, load background information, such as TalkingFields basic maps, soil samples etc., download prescription map.

 

How can prescription maps be created?

Click in the area ‘Modules, Apps & Services’ on ‘NEXT prescription mapsLIVE ’ followed by ‘Create prescription map’. First select a field boundary. You can manually colour these in with the aid of the dark shaded control menu or automatically using the ‘Fill raster’ button if you have added a ‘background layer’. Do not forget to save the map.

 

What do prescription maps cost in NEXT FarmingLIVE?

When downloading prescription maps you can choose between:
€2 per hectare prescription map or a flat rate of €100 + €1 per hectare operating area (all fields uploaded in NEXT Farming).

 

How can I pay for the prescription maps in NEXT FarmingLIVE?

You can choose between credit card and direct debit (currently only in Germany and Austria).

 

How do you change the property of the prescription map?

Click on the cogwheels to change the properties. To use them, you must first download and pay for the prescription map again.

 

How do I export the prescription maps?

Click on ‘ISO’ or ‘SHP’ in the footer to download the application map correspondingly in the ISOXML or SHAPE format. After you have downloaded the map you should always check it via the ‘Visualise ISOXML’ menu item before applying it.

 

How do I import the maps to my tractor terminal?

Save the file on a USB stick. However, every terminal is different. Please consult the terminal manual or your dealer. We have created some videos to show you the import to the most common terminals. The videos can be accessed here.

 

Can I read the maps in any terminal by any manufacturer?

The terminal must be capable of processing ISOXML or SHAPE. For a reliable answer please contact your dealer or consult the operating instructions.

 

Where are the prescription maps saved?

The maps are saved in your NEXT FarmingLIVE account. This in turn is saved and professionally protected in a secure computer centre in Munich.

 

Can I modify created prescription maps afterwards?

No, they must be newly created and downloaded at a charge.

 

For which properties and criteria can I create prescription maps?

Application volumes, plant distances, soil cultivation depth, working width, sowing depth and soil pressure.

 

 

Modules, Apps & Services

What can I do in the area Modules, Apps & Services?
Book the functions which are relevant to you. You then only use and pay for the areas relevant to you.
Click on the individual tiles for more information, costs and screenshots.

What are TalkingFields basic maps and what do they cost?

These satellite maps show the relative biomass differences of recent years in your fields. They cost €5 per hectare with a minimum order value of €399.

 

What is corn borer control about?

Here a multicopter (drone) is used to introduce beneficial insects (parasitic wasps) to your maize cutting areas at regular intervals. The period for the application is between sowing and mid-year (approx. June).

 

How does control by multicopter work?

After successful order placement you will receive a confirmation email. The pilot flies over the fields twice. You then receive an invoice for the areas treated. The measure does not involve any work for you. Costs: €95 per hectare

 

 

NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse ®LIVE

What does conversion in the NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse ®LIVE cost for me?

Conversion is free for you as a user.

 

What conditions must be met to use the NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse®LIVE?

You need a PC with Windows 7, an internet browser incl. internet access, a USB port and a USB stick.

 

What does the NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse ®LIVE convert?

You can convert A-B lines and field boundaries into common formats. A+ lines and curves cannot be read or converted.

 

Which formats can be read in the NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse ®LIVE?

Readable formats: ISOXML (version 3.3 and 4.2), Trimble, Fendt (kml), CNH, TOPCON, John Deere Greenstar

 

Are my uploaded field boundaries and tracks saved or passed on?

No. Waylines and contours are only saved temporarily. This means they are no longer available after logging out.

 

I need help with the NEXT Wayline Converter powered by Fuse ®LIVE. Where can I turn to?

Please contact our competent partners at the Fuse Contact Center FCC.

 

I have problems with the CNH conversion.
The application must be installed and executed with admin rights.

I have changed my folder name and data structure and the Wayline Converter does not recognise the file.
The folder name and data structure must not be changed manually. Please contact the Fuse Contact Center.

The Wayline Converter does not recognise my zip file.
Make sure that all files have been unzipped before the conversion.

I have problems with the Trimble conversion. I only entered numbers as field names and because I have created several operations, some of which have the same field numbers, I get the message when loading the data to the Fendt terminal that the field already exists and must be overwritten.
There must not be multiple occurrences of field names. You must modify the data in the Trimble folder structure manually by copying the operation name at the front of every field name.

I only entered numbers as field names and because I have created several operations, some of which have the same field numbers, the fields can no longer be assigned to the individual operations.
There must not be multiple occurrences of field names. You must modify the data in the Trimble folder structure manually by copying the operation name at the front of every field name.

When using the Internet Explorer the Wayline Converter cannot establish a connection.
You need to configure your Internet Explorer settings as follows:
Cogwheel > Internet Options > Security > Local Intranet > Sites > Determine intranet automatically

If you encounter further problems, please contact the AGCO Support Centre www.agcotechnologies.com/fuse-contact-center

 

 

NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE

What can I do in the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE?

You can create, manage, delete track guides for your uploaded cutting areas and load already created A-B lines from your terminals. Use the NEXT Waline ManagerS as a data backup and as an aid for converting to various manufacturer formats.

 

How is the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE invoiced?

You can pay for the track guides individually or book a flat rate. You can pay by credit card or direct debit as usual.

 

What conditions must be met to use the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE?

You need field boundaries in your NEXT Farming account.

 

What will be converted in the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE?

You can convert A-B lines and field boundaries into common formats. A+ lines and curves cannot be read or converted.

 

Which formats can be read in the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE?

Readable formats: ISOXML (version 3.3 and 4.2), Trimble, Fendt (kml), CNH, TOPCON, John Deere Greenstar

 

To which formats can the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE export?

ISOXML (version 3.3 and 4.2), Trimble, Fendt (kml), CNH, TOPCON, John Deere Greenstar

 

I need help with the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE. Where can I turn to?

Please contact NEXT Farming Support as usual.

 

What useful additional functions does the NEXT Wayline ManagerLIVE include?

Easy drawing, rotating, moving, converting and naming of A-B lines.

 

My field boundaries are too imprecise. Can I still draw in my A-B lines with more detail?

After drawing the A-B lines you can enter the precise coordinates (LON and LAT) if you know e.g. the exact position of a boundary marker.

 

 

NEXT Farming App

I want to document on the go. Can I do that with the app?

Yes, you can document your measures on the go using typical smartphone functionalities.

 

What is tracking?

During tracking you can get your position recorded. The app then detects on which fields you are working for how long and documents this. The tracks are also recorded. The use of tracking is optional.

 

3 people work in my operation. Can they all use their own app?

Yes, these people can use their own NEXT Farming App and book it for the same operation. This also generates costs for 3 access rights to the NEXT Farming App.

 

Is the NEXT Farming App also free of charge?

No, it is chargeable and can be purchased under ‘Modules, Apps & Services’. The download from the respective App store is free of charge.

 

What conditions must be met to use the NEXT Farming App for mobile documentation?

You need a NEXT FarmingLIVE account activated for the use of the app. And, of course, a smartphone with the NEXT Farming App installed.

 

Is it possible to get navigation guidance to the selected cutting area?

Yes, navigation to the fields is possible.

 

What can I see in the app?

This depends on the content of your NEXT FarmingLIVE account. You can see your fields, the past and future tasks and the master databases from NEXT FarmingLIVE.

 

I have problems with the app. What can I do?

Synchronise all current data with your NEXT FarmingLIVE account and reinstall the app. Not synchronised tasks will be lost.

 

 

NEXT FertilisationLIVE

I want to comply with the new fertilisation ordinance. Is this possible with NEXT FarmingLIVE and the NEXT Fertilisation module?

Yes, this lets you comply with the current fertilisation ordinance. Responsibility for data entry rests with the farmer.

 

Does NEXT FertilisationLIVE also cover the material flow balance?

No, this has not yet been passed and defined by the legislator. Therefore, only the calculation of the fertilisation requirements is included with NEXT Fertilisation. As soon as final and reliable information is available, we will add this and inform you as soon as possible.

 

Are the state-specific requirements also taken into account?

Yes, during the first step of the fertilisation requirement calculation of NEXT FarmingLIVE you enter your fertiliser system provider or federal state (Germany only). This is then taken in to account in the calculation.

 

What does the NEXT FertilisationLIVE module cost?

You book a flat rate of €25 + €0.25 per hectare and year.

 

Can I combine my NEXT Farming field record with NEXT FertilisationLIVE?

Yes, if you maintain a field record (in NEXT FarmingLIVE: Crop Planning & Documentation), many entries are transferred directly.
At the same time the entries from the fertilisation requirement calculation are sent back to the corresponding areas, so that you already complete your field record by meeting the fertilisation ordinance. You only have to enter the data once. The basic functionalities of NEXT FarmingLIVE are free.

 

How do I obtain my documentation for meeting the fertilisation ordinance?

You can export it as PDF file, print it or save it.