[Market-farming] agsquared

Chrys Ostrander chrys at thefutureisorganic.net
Tue Jan 3 14:10:01 EST 2012

I've played with AgSquared a bit also since it went "live" and I share 
some of the frustrations and have noticed some of the shorcomings. I do 
think the tool reflects a great deal of thought put into it on the part 
of the developers. No, it's not perfect yet and yes, perhaps its present 
shortcomings make it less than useful for many operations.

However, I am sure the developers still want to hear feedback and also 
want to improve the tool, so, Lisa and others experimenting with it, I 
hope you share your views directly with them (I also have no financial 
interest in AgSquared-- just a farmer who has sought such a tool for a 
long-time .


*Chrys Ostrander, Director of Farming Programs*
People for Environmental Action and Community Health
"Local Food for All"

p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm at Pine Meadow*
10425 S. Andrus Rd.
Cheney, Wa 99004
farms at peachlocal.com

On 1/3/2012 10:10 AM, Burke Farm wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I spent a lot of yesterday messing around with agsquared.  It's nice,
> but it's not everything I hoped it would be.
>    For those of us who are used to a spreadsheet, the data entry is
> time-consuming.  And, as a market farmer, I can't imagine having to re
> enter all my crops and successions every year.  The beauty of my
> spreadsheet is I can copy the whole thing, change the year and the
> beds, and have 80% of my work done for the next year.
> It also doesn't appear to have a feature for recording yield data.
> You can do predicted harvest quantities, but I at least have not found
> a way to plug in&  compare actual yield.  This is something I could
> really use a tool for, because I'm very bad about recording all my
> harvest data on little pieces of paper and 3 different notebooks, and
> then never doing anything with them after that.
> The calendar is neat, but not everything I had hoped for.  It has a
> pretty user interface, but I'm not sold on spending 4$/ month yet.
> Oh, and the farm mapping tool?  Nice idea.. but drawing the exact size
> of my outbuildings and fields with a mouse and no way to just type in
> the dimensions = frustration.
> Lisa Burke
> Farming Engineers LLC
> z 5, Central IN
> very happy the lime truck came today.
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