Alistair Taylor, Overseer®
The launch of OverseerFM software in June 2018 marked a significant change in Overseer’s development history, which has been one of relentless improvement. Since it was first established to support good nutrient management decisions, Overseer has steadily evolved, as new science has become available and in response to a growing interest in understanding the nutrient losses from agriculture into the environment.
OverseerFM is an innovative new cloud-based software service which enables growers and their advisors to maximise the value of the extensive science modelling. It takes Overseer to the next level in terms of usability – for farmers, growers, advisors and regulators.
Compared to the legacy OVERSEER software, the data entry system is significantly more streamlined, making it much faster and easier to capture better quality farm management data. The farm account allows you to easily share information with others, so they don’t need to re-enter data, it also improves farmer control of data, and takes away the confusion of numbers changing when the model versions change.
Informative reporting includes trend analyses and block comparisons, enabling users to visualise the effect of management and system changes over time and within the farm, supporting a better interpretation of the model results, and integrating into Farm Environment Plan processes.
As New Zealand’s only tool for estimating farm-specific nutrient losses, including nitrate leaching and Greenhouse Gas emissions, we work with policy developers and Regional Councils to help them understand how the software can best be used to support farmers’ efforts to operate sustainably within environmental limits.
Overseer will continue to evolve as we look to improve the usability of the software and include a broader range of crops and mitigation options. A number of workstreams specifically relating to arable and horticultural crops have been identified and will be discussed in the presentation.