Pocket PAM



Pocket PAM is the mobile recording app for the PAM suite of farm management software. PAM is well established and sophisticated software that provides a full range of functionality for almost all aspects of agriculture. Pocket PAM allows entry of data on apple and android mobile devices in the field and integration with the desktop software. While the app itself is free it only really works as an add on to the main software.

From Google Play:

Collect farm records, spraying, fertilizer, machinery, cropping related tasks, weather records, crop scouting records (with GPS), view your farm map, collect waypoints, keep your livestock records, pasture monitoring, inventory management of farm consumables and more … in our PocketPAM2 system. Synchronize your data directly into your PAM system on your farm computer via a WiFi or internet connection.

POCKETPAM2 is comprised of 11 sub-applications (or modules):

 

o Crop Diary – covering manual tasks, machinery events, planting records, harvesting records, irrigation records, fertilizer applications, and a comprehensive spray diary records data entry system. Optionally track your inventory batch numbers, spray weather details. Use PAM tank mixes or create your own in PocketPAM2. Pull in Planned Events from PAM (or create plans in PocketPAM2) and convert them to Actual Events.

o gpsScout – used for crop scouting. Crop Observations, Pest & Disease scouting and weed scouting records can be entered. A GPS reading can be taken along with the crop monitoring record. In conjunction with PAM Mapping, a layer of observation sites will be made for each scouting mission, if the GPS option is enabled. gpsScout can also be used to collect waypoints in the field. The layers of scouting points and waypoints can be uploaded to PAM Mapping.

o Mapping – Export map layers from PAM and download them into PocketPAM2 … A layer manager is provided to enable you to view layers from PAM Mapping, from gpsScout scouting missions and from gpsScout waypoint collections.

 

o Weather – used for recording weather data – includes the complete “Comprehensive Weather” data fields as in PAM. Rainfall, temperature, evaporation, humidity. Generate weather graphs.

o General Purpose Diary – used for taking general (not paddock specific) notes linked to a date. Reminders can be added and associated with dates as can numeric data types and values. Reminders and Numeric Data types can be added on-the-go. Generate graphs of any numeric data!

 

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o Field Rex – designed to be used by consultants to record in-the-field recommendations. The recommendations will appear as recommendations in the PAM program after syncing. Additional features include a facility to SMS or Email recommendations to clients and contractors.

o Stock Taker – used for in-the-field inventory stock taking – when the data is synchronized back to PAM, adjustment records are written.

o Inventory – used for in-the-field purchasing, adjusting of stock levels and transferring consumables from one storage location to another. New consumables, new pack sizes for consumables can be added on-the-go as well.

o Time Keeper – used for recording events, who did them, where, what they did and how long it took. On synchronizing the data back to PAM, employee hourly costs are added to the records. Designed for viticulture and horticulture. Work details can be recorded at the orchard or vineyard row level.

o Livestock Diary – used for recording livestock events: movements, veterinary treatments, supplementary feeding, shearing, branding, breeding, purchases, sales, births, deaths etc.

o Pasture Scout – used for recording pasture covers and pasture growth rates (if known) … and also pasture composition. Generate graphs of pasture cover, growth rates and a useful “Feed Wedge”

Prerequisites: PAM 8.0 or PAM Enterprise or PAM MTE and the PocketPAM2 “Listener” software installed on your PAM computer (or server, if running PAM Enterprise or Mid-Tier Enterprise)