More than anything, BWT relies on Conservis Work Orders to communicate easily and quickly to each of their custom growers. Their Work Orders indicate which hybrid is to be planted and what chemicals are to be sprayed.
The communication road is a two-way street in that Chris’ custom farmers rely on Work Orders as much as he does. “Conservis helps me a lot, and a good example is our Hagie [sprayer] operator,” said Chris. “He runs our sprayer that we're going to run over 30,000-40,000 acres, so he's got a lot of work orders staring at him in the face all the time. But if he can't find that work order, he will not even enter that field without calling me.” Chris appreciates that the farm management system holds both parties accountable, serving as another checkpoint in their procedures.
Chris admits that BWT still uses spreadsheets for some things, “But I would hate to use spreadsheets to run this whole operation,” he emphasizes. Mitch sees the value too. “From the back [office] side, it saves a lot of time,” said Mitch. He knows that with so many moving parts, it’s imperative to communicate consistently. There could be over a dozen growers planting at any one time, making it impossible for any one person to communicate orders via phone. “To keep it on track, to make sure everything gets done and we can cross that farm off the list, it's just a lot easier with a Work Order tracking system.”
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