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Precision Agriculture Software for Physical Record-keeping and Field Mapping
1999 Update

Report Prepared for the Canada-Alberta Farm Business Management Program

Project I&T-9222
March 31, 1999

Brenda J. Sawyer, Carolyn M. Bowen and Ronald L. McNeil LandWise Inc.

Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge the Canada-Alberta Farm Business Management Program for their renewed support of this updated project. A number of people assisted by providing valuable insight into some software packages included in the review. The authors would like to thank all survey participants, and especially the following people, who provided their time in demonstrating and/or discussing software during the original 1997 review and the 1999 update.

  • Allan Andrukow, Andrukow Farm Supplies, Viking, AB
  • Paul Barlott, BCL LandView Systems, Edmonton, AB
  • Ty Faechner, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Stony Plain, AB
  • Jack Henry, Brydun Geomatics, Whitecourt, AB
  • Ted Nibourg, Kaniteo Information Services, Red Deer, AB
  • Sheilah Nolan, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Edmonton, AB
  • Jack Payne, Westco Fertilizers, Taber, AB
  • Jim Robins, Precision Farming Solutions, Blackie, AB
  • Brad Smith, Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Taber, AB

Table of Contents

Introduction
Updates for 1999
Types of Precision Agriculture Software
Types of Data
Explanation of Criteria
Recommendations
Table 1. Categories of Precision Farming Software
Appendix I: Precision Agriculture Software Descriptions
Appendix II: Comparative Matrix Evaluation
Appendix III: Company Contact Information

Introduction

In December, 1997, LandWise Inc. completed the Farm Business Management Program report titled "Precision Agriculture Software for Physical Record-keeping and Field Mapping". Software packages were compared to establish their usefulness and practicality for farm and agribusiness operations related to precision agriculture. The report evaluated software ranging from introductory record keeping software, to full-fledged geographic information systems (GIS). Since the publication of the report, numerous advances and changes have occurred in the agricultural software industry. A need to maintain current information on software packages was recognized, and as a result, this update of the original report was completed. The purpose of this report is to:
  • update existing software packages evaluated in the 1997 report,
  • identify new companies and software packages on the market, and to
  • delete software packages no longer being marketed.
Precision agriculture software can be used to identify strategies for improved land management, and to improve communication among farm managers and input suppliers in the management and analysis of data. Precision agriculture software should provide a link between crop production records and spatial (map) data, including site-specific or land management units. Precision agriculture software is required for field data collection (spatial and non-spatial), data management and data analysis.

A tremendous amount of information is generated by precision agriculture, depending on the level of adoption by the farm manager or agribusiness retailer. Management changes that occur due to adoption of various precision agriculture practices must be based on accurate knowledge derived through the analysis of information. Computer software, in combination with the knowledge of farmers and specialists, will assist in determining trends and making wise decisions.

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Updates for 1999

There have been many changes in the area of precision agriculture software since the release of the LandWise Inc. December 1997 report. Of the 43 original software packages evaluated; 34 have had new versions released. Most of the new versions have had only minor modifications and many of the changes have been 'internal' such as improved operating environments. Some companies have not released an updated version of their software but did acknowledge minor changes and upgrades, not significant in terms of the objective of this report. Of the 25 software companies originally evaluated, three are no longer offering the software packages and have been deleted from the report:
  • Rockwell International with the Rockwell System, and
  • Save Tyme Software Inc. with Crop Tyme Management, and
  • AgriLogic Inc. has discontinued Instant Crops.

Several new companies or software packages have recently entered the market:

  • Linnet Geomatics - Croplands-The System
  • Farmer's Software Association - SoilRx
  • Agri-Soft Inc. - History of Fields
  • Micro Design Technologies - LandMapper II

Linnet Geomatics have developed Croplands-The System, which is a full-fledged GIS, designed to cover a wide range of farm services marketed toward ag-retailers. Farmers Software Association is marketing a new package called SoilRx from Red Hen Systems. It is a new multivariate spatial analysis tool which allow users to view multiple layers of data, analyze relationships, and create new layers all in one program. History of Fields by Agri-Soft Inc., however, is aimed more toward the producer and is a basic, field record keeping package. Another software package targeting producers is LandMapper II developed by Micro Design Technologies. It is a basic interactive mapping package allowing users to use remote sensed imagery (aerial photos or satellite imagery) to map their fields.

Other changes in the report include deletions of some categories originally used to evaluate the software. Because of advancements in technology, features that were once considered 'optional' have now become standard in hardware or software. For example, under 'System Requirements', the category 'CD-ROM' has been deleted, as most software packages deliver their product on CD-ROM and all new computers have CD-ROM drives. Under the heading of 'Mapping Capabilities' the category 'split & merge polygons' has also been eliminated. This is now a standard feature, in one form or another, on mapping packages.

Other major changes have occurred in the system requirements for the software. New packages are designed to run on faster machines with more hard drive storage. Most of the software packages now operate on a minimum of Windows 95, 98 and NT and require more RAM as a result of increased speed and improved modifications.

Significant trends have occurred in the design of agricultural software packages. ArcView and MapInfo are two of the most popular desktop professional GIS packages and most software is being designed to import or export .shp (ESRI) and .tab (MapInfo) files. In fact, some packages are built on ArcView engines such as SSToolbox. Software packages are also being designed to have specific modules or 'plug-ins' that can be added onto the basic package and increase the functionality of the package for some users. Overall, software packages are becoming easier to customize to the user's needs. With more producers and agribusiness adopting components of precision agriculture there is more user feedback to the software developers as to what components and features are necessary. Software developers must weigh the cost of development against various requests for specific needs.

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Types of Precision Agriculture Software

Software used in precision agriculture ranges from introductory low-end record-keeping software, to full-fledged geographic information systems (GIS), with relational database tables and full statistical analysis capabilities. It was not feasible to include all software related to precision agriculture in this report. This report compares software that is capable of storing data in text format and/or in a spatial form (map data).

Precision-agriculture software can currently be grouped into the following categories:

  • farm record keeping
  • yield mapping
  • agricultural enhanced geographic information systems (GIS)
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • decision support
  • global positioning system (GPS) mapping or navigation
  • accounting
  • imaging
  • prescription mapping

Software compared in this project, belong to the first four categories, that is, software with record keeping and/or mapping capabilities. Forty-four different software packages from 25 companies are included in this review. Software packages with more specific functions, such as GPS mapping or prescription mapping for variable rate application, require other specialized criteria to compare their functions; they were not included in the current review. For example, a package not included was Mapmeasure by Prairie Geomatics, which is a specific function utility that allows the user to calculate areas for georeferenced images.

Software was compared for its effectiveness in the following areas:

  • managing, accessing and analyzing physical record keeping and field-mapping data,
  • factors such as map resolution, import-export capabilities, cost-effectiveness, and service and help information,
  • improving the quality of information, by providing capabilities such as yield and economic analyses, and enhanced interpretation of spatial data, and

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Types of Data

Some database packages store spatial data, with attribute (description) data associated with each point, line or polygon. Other databases store only non-spatial data. Types of data, both spatial and non-spatial, are listed below.
  1. Accounting data
    • debits and credits
    • balance sheet
    • net return
    • asset inventory
  2. Cropping data
    • cropping history (seeding dates, harvest information)
    • field history (spraying, cultivating)
    • crop inputs, (herbicides, insecticides, fertilizer)
    • weather (rainfall, temperatures, hail, snow)
  3. Physical land information
    • soil type (organic matter, texture, pH, topsoil depth, parent material, classification)
    • topography (slope, aspect, curvature, position, drainage)
  4. Yield-monitor data
    • volume per area
    • moisture content
  5. Global positioning system (GPS) data
    • field boundary locations
    • soil sample locations
    • digital elevation information
  6. Remotely sensed data
    • aerial photographs
    • satellite images

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Explanation of Criteria

The comparative software evaluation is provided in tabular form in Appendices I, II and III. Criteria, for 53 categories, used in the software evaluation are explained below.

Appendix I. Software Product Description

Section A. General Description

Company Name: Manufacturer.
Software and Version: Brand name and version.
Retail Price Canadian $: Current price in Canadian funds, based on March 1998 prices and exchange rates. Check with the respective software company for up-to-date prices.
Planned Updates: Anticipated release date for new versions, or acknowledgement that software will be updated in the next year.
Software Description: Brief overview of the software and subdivision into the following three categories:
  1. Introductory: users with limited computer experience wanting to keep records (spatially or non-spatially) in support of precision farming data management.
  2. Advanced: users with either considerable computer experience, or those who require advanced features including importing GPS data, importing geo-referenced data (eg. soils, imagery) or limited GIS functions (eg. multi-layer capability).
  3. Professional: users with considerable computer experience requiring full GIS capability, including spatial analysis, imaging, interpolation methods or 3D surfacing.

Section B. Additional System Requirements

Operating System: Type of computer system required (DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Macintosh, UNIX).
CPU: Indicates central processing unit (CPU) type and speed (eg. Pentium/333MHz).
RAM: Minimum required random access memory (RAM) (eg. 64 MB).
Hard Drive Storage: Disk space required to operate the software and data files.
PCMCIA Adapter: Software is capable of importing yield data from a Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) card reader.
Additional System Requirements: Additional components depend more on user preference than on the software.
  • Printer: ink jet printer (colour or black ink), laser printer, plotter
  • Data backup system: floppy disks, ZIP drive, Jazz drive, dat drive
  • Monitor: 14 to 23 inch, VGA or SVGA
  • Scanner: users may want to scan in aerial photographs or purchase the imagery on CD-ROM or hire out the scanning.
Section C. Support and Training
Basic Support: The level of basic support offered.
Long Term Options for Fee: Optional services, products and cost in Canadian dollars using exchange rates as of March 1999. Check with vendor for up-to-date prices.
Training: Company provides organized training workshops.
Customized Services: Company provides fee for services of customized work (eg. scanning of images and/or importing of maps).

Appendix II. Comparative Matrix Evaluation

Section A. Mapping Capabilities

General

Drawing Tool: Ability to create and edit graphics (maps, boundaries) with basic drawing tools including points, lines, polygons and the addition of text on screen.
Map Zooming: Ability to enlarge or decrease an area of interest on a map or image.
Customizing Capabilities: Ability to create individualized and unique map outputs (ie. using labels, icons, titles and colour coding).
Measurement Systems: Ability to use and report both imperial and metric systems.
Area Calculations: Ability to draw a polygon and have the area calculated for it.
Map Linked to Database: Refers to whether the data is linked to polygons.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Capability: Ability to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze and display geographically referenced information (eg. points, lines, and polygons, as multiple data layers and variables which are spatially referenced). A GIS has topology, which is the ability to recognize adjacency of spatial features.
Soil Sampling Areas Guide: Automated process to establish sampling points/patterns.
3D Surfacing: Ability to produce a three dimensional (3D - height, length, width) terrain/elevation model.
Smoothing: Ability to do simple generalization of the data and removing small variation (eg. yield) to provide a visual general trend.
Raster vs Vector: Data stored and analyzed as raster (cells) or vector (points, lines or poly-gons) or both. This does not include raster object images that are imported for viewing only.
Raster Object: Map data is a raster object or image, software is not capable of analyzing it.
Raster and Vector Conversions: Ability to convert raster data (grid cells) into vector data (points, lines and polygons) and vice versa.
Coordinate System: System used by spatial data.
  1. latitude-longitude (lat/long),
  2. Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM eastings and northings in WGS84 or NAD27)
  3. and others, including local coordinate systems, and U.S.A. state plane coordinates, such as Natural Resource Conservation Service maps.
Import/Export: Type of formats accepted, including ASCII, DBF, DXF, TIF, BMP, ArcView shape, read-only data files.

Section B. Interconnections

Remote Sensing

Image Backdrop: Ability to use vertical aerial photography as a background image with no further capabilities (no image processing).
Image Calibrated to Scale: Ability to enter a value (eg. 1 mile) that relates to the distance on an image.
Satellite & Aerial Geo-referenced Imagery: Ability to import geo-referenced imagery and to display and manipulate the images (image processing) including infrared, radar, and multi-spectral that has previously been geo-referenced.
Geo-referencing: Ability to import and provide real world coordinates to an image.

Yield

Independent: Software not dependent on a specific yield monitor.
Bundled: Software that is a component of a bundled package by a vendor. May include GPS and yield monitor.
Import Capability: Brand names of yield monitors for which the software package can import yield data. Refer to section D under the import heading for a list of data formats.

GPS

Import: Ability to incorporate GPS data into the software (not part of the yield data).

Section C. Record Keeping/Data Management

General

Crop Production Records: Tracks physical production from fields (bushels/acre).
Field Activity Records: Tracks dates of machinery and labour operations (eg. spraying)
Farm Inventory Records: Tracking equipment and products (eg. machinery)
Weather Observations: Tracks precipitation, temperature and major events.
Tabular Reports: Ability to display data in a structured format (eg. tables).
Graphing: Ability to portray data as graphs (eg. bar, line) within program.
Customization: Ability to individualize data to match user needs.
Multi-client: Ability to store and manage several clients or farms, intended for agribusiness or consultant.
Import/Export Available formats for importing data including ASCII data (delimited text), database (DBF), and spreadsheet formats (CSV).

Section D. Mapping and Data Management Analysis

General

Spatial Query: Allows query and analysis on spatial data including: field management zones, soil types etc. (eg. show all Camrose soils in field A).
Multi-layer Capability: Analysis of several spatial data layers through joining and linking. (eg. show all Camrose soils and where yield < 30 bu/acre).
Statistical Analysis: Any built-in mathematical functions including mean, standard deviation, minimum/maximum, and others.
Interpolation Methods: Built-in mathematical formulas for predicting unknown values using the known values at neighbouring locations (kriging, nearest neighbour, local average, inverse distance weighting, contouring) to produce continuous surface maps.

Decision Support System

Economic Analysis: Capable of providing cost/benefit analysis.
Fertilizer Analysis Recommendations: Soil nutrient needs matched to yield goal.
Laboratory Links: Customized links to soil lab and the ability for electronic input of soil test data.
Fertilizer Blending Calculation: Built in ability for product blending calculations.
Prescription Mapping: Ability to produce maps from analyzed data for field application including variable rate fertilization. May include formulas or is defined by the user.

Appendix III: Company Contact Information

Alphabetical listing by manufacturer, with contact information.
Company Name: Manufacturer of software.
Software Product: Product and version number.
Address: Head office address.
Phone: Area code and phone number.
Fax: Area code and fax number.
Toll Free: Available toll free number.
Email: Internet email address.
Web Site: Internet URL address for company and product information.
Local Distributors: Western Canada distributors or dealers.

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Recommendations

Hardware

The computer system must be compatible with the software, and be able to run it efficiently. Careful selection will allow you to use the computer with no upgrade requirements over the short term. The minimum requirement for a high-end precision agriculture software package is a Pentium type chip, 333 MHz processor with at least 128 MB of RAM memory, running on Windows 98 or NT, and a SVGA 17" to 23" monitor, a 2.5 GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and a PCMCIA drive for yield data. Additional items might include a graphics accelerator card, and a 2 MB video coproccessor. Users should also consider other hardware potentially required such as scanners, printers, or CD-ROM writers.

Software

Precision agriculture software is relatively new compared to other software programs. Features and compatibility issues continue to change as indicated by this updated report. Purchasers should look for growth capability and the long-term commitment of the software developer. Demonstration copies should be available for try-out prior to purchase. The software should be user-friendly, and technical support should be readily available.

Some developers sell one or two separate software packages, with one package being an introductory level and the other a more advanced package. The introductory packages have limited features, and users will have to purchase the advanced package when they require more options. Inexperienced software users may find they are using only a limited selection of available features in a particular package. Once the user becomes accustomed to the package they are able to use it to its full capacity.

Other developers have arranged their packages in modules, and users only need to purchase the modules they require. Some examples of modules include record keeping, record-keeping plus mapping, mapping, mapping plus georeferencing, etc. The module approach can be preferable, since it allows users the flexibility to purchase only those tools they require.

The software appropriate for each farm and agribusiness manager depends on individual requirements. Prospective software buyers should prepare a careful list of their current requirements, and those they expect in the future.

Asking the following questions will assist in choosing appropriate software:

  1. Can I use a demo copy of the software prior to purchasing it?
  2. Will I get technical support in a timely fashion?
  3. What will the support cost?
  4. What is the learning curve for the software?
  5. Will the software connect to accounting/business management software?
  6. Will the software read the data from my yield monitor?
  7. What do I want to use the software for:
    • data management for the whole farm, or just yield mapping
    • fertilizer recommendations
    • data management and mapping for clients
    • determining yield goals
    • drawing field and farm boundaries
    • GPS mapping
    • acreage calculations
    • GPS data correction
    • scanning aerial photographs
    • spatial queries
    • printing out maps for custom applicators
    • cost-benefit analysis
    • record keeping (crop history, field activity)
    • generating profit maps
    • yield map analysis (smoothing, interpolating, errors)
    • printing summary reports
    • yield data analysis tools (statistical error maps)
    • printing data in graphical form
    • statistical analysis
    • generating prescription maps

Table 1 below categorizes the software into three user levels (introductory, advanced, professional) and then ranks them according to retail price in Canadian dollars (refer to criteria for explanation of prices). The complete comparative software evaluation, associated software descriptions and company information is provided in three Appendices (I, II, III). For complete information, please refer to the appendices. Table 1 is a derived product from Appendix I and provides a general overview of the products reviewed.

The comparative appendices were designed to assist farm managers and agribusiness personnel with the logical selection of software packages most suited to their needs. New software and new versions are continually being added to the marketplace. All effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information included in this report and appendices. It is the responsibility of the individual users to confirm software features with the respective vendor. If errors or omissions are noted, or if companies would like to have their product included, please notify the authors (email: landwise@telusplanet.net) and the information will be updated on the web page.

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Table 1. Categories of Precision Farming Software.

Company
Name
Software & Version Retail Price
Canadian $
Software Description
INTRODUCTORY SOFTWARE
Farm Works Software Quick Yields 1.01 Free Introductory level, stand-alone software to view and print base, averaged and contoured yield data.
Zeneca Agro Achieve Field Management Program 3.2 Free Introductory level field record keeping and basic mapping software for farmers.
SIGA Farm Software SigaField 5.51: Management Plus $200.00 Introductory level field management module for cost/benefit analyses on field information. Requires Field Register module.
AgriTrend LandTrend Pro 2.1 $225.00 Introductory level crop management & mapping package.
Micro Design Technologies LandMapper II $245.00 Introductory level land mapping software using scanned images, performs area calculation and tracks farmland basic activities
BCL LandView Systems Inc. WinCrop 3.0 $249.00 Introductory level crop production record keeping system for farm managers.
SIGA Farm Software SigaField 5.51: Field Register $275.00 Introductory level field history record keeping and basic farm mapping software. Multi-client version available ($300.00) for consultants or agribusiness.
Prairie Agri Photo The Bottom Line 2.3 $290.00 Introductory level software for crop management decision support and break-even analysis.
Farm Works Software Farm Trac 6.0 $300.00 Introductory level farm mapping and record keeping software for producers. Integrates with other Farm Works software for additional capabilities.
SIGA Farm Software SigaField 5.51: Fertilization $315.00 Introductory level, stand alone software used in calculating fertilizer needs and analyzing yield goals.
Agri-Soft Inc. History of Fields 2.0 $340.00 Introductory crop management software developed to store and organize records for producer.
ChartWrite Data-on-the-Map 3.0/ AgriMapper 1.1 $370.00 Introductory level land management mapping software for farm managers.
AgriLogic Inc. Instant Yield Map 98 $445.00 Introductory level yield mapping system for producers; imports data from yield monitors and displays yield, moisture, and elevation data. Maps are displayed in dot (raw) or contour map products.
AgLeader Technology Precision Map 2000 4.0 $450.00 Introductory level yield mapping program intended to be used with AgLeader GPS 3000, 3100, 3050 and Yield Monitor 2000 and PF 3000; ability to produce maps of yield, moisture and elevation.
BCL LandView Systems Inc. LandView Yield Profit/Loss Mapping 2.1 $450.00 Introductory level, stand-alone profit/loss yield mapping package.
Farm Works Software Farm Fund$ 6.0 $450.00 Introductory level double entry accounting package including field enterprise costs for producers; requires FarmTrac module.
Prairie Agri Photo U Count 1.34 $490.00 Introductory level, field acreage mapping calculator using background photo images.
BCL LandView Systems Inc. LandView Mapper Lite 2.1 $499.00 Introductory level farm mapping for farm managers. Can be integrated with FarmView Record Keeper.
John Deere JDMap 2.12 $560.00 Introductory level yield mapping program used with the Greenstar system. Provides yield data in contour and dot (raw) map output.
BCL LandView Systems Inc. FarmView Record Keeper 2.1 $599.00 Introductory level crop production, record keeping, planning and management information system for farm managers. Can be integrated with LandView Mapper Lite for additional mapping capabilities.
AgriData, Inc. Field Facts 1.5 $600.00 Introductory level automated record-keeping system targeted at the farm level. Multi-user version is available at additional cost ($1953.00).
Agris Corporation AGLink Basic 5.4 $745.00 Introductory level mapping program for growers based on ESRI Map Objects.
RT Cyster & Associates PinPoint for Agriculture $1,385.00 Introductory level integrated agricultural mapping database for farmers.
RDS Technology RDS Precision Farming included with the RDS/Satloc system. Introductory level mapping software provided with the RDS Precision Farming System. Creates a number of measured details including: contour and spot (raw) yield measurements.
ADVANCED SOFTWARE
Farm Works Software Farm Site 6.0 $450.00 Advanced farm mapping software for producers, includes QuickYield tools and FarmSite Mobile. Requires FarmTrac module.
AgriLogic Inc. Instant Survey 98 $745.00 Advanced level mapping/GIS package with GPS positioning.
BCL LandView Systems Inc. LandView Mapper Pro 2.1 $899.00 Advanced multi-client mapping package, integrates air photo images, multiple map layers, and GPS for farm mangers and agribusiness. Can be integrated with LandView DSS Pro.
Agris Corporation AGLink Advanced 5.4 $1,490.00 Advanced level mapping for farmers to further analyze spatial data based on ESRI Map Objects.
Farm Works Software Farm Site Pro 6.0 $1,500.00 Advanced field mapping and field record software using real-world coordinates, with multi-user and multi-layer functions for agribusiness and consultants. Includes QuickYield tools and FarmSite Mobile.
BCL LandView Systems Inc. LandView DSS Pro 2.1 $1,999.00 Advanced multi-client record keeping, mapping and analysis (including profit/loss) for farm managers and agribusiness. Can be integrated with LandView Mapper Pro for additional capabilities.
Farmers Software Association FarmHMS 1.1 $2,250.00 Advanced harvest mapping system, interprets data from yield monitors for mapping and analysis using MapInfo Professional GIS platform.
SST Development Group, Inc. SSToolkit 3.1.1 $3,000.00 Advanced agricultural spatial data management system on ARCVIEW GIS platform. Additional modules can be added depending on user requirements (eg. geo-referencing).
Farmers Software Association SoilRx $3,300.00 Advanced multivariate, spatial analysis tool designed to visualize, analyze and manipulate spatially related data.
Software Solutions Integrated, LLC. Agvance Precision Pak 3.0 $7,350.00 Advanced agribusiness software (mapping, blending & planning) for managing precision farming data.
Agronomy Service Bureau AgInfo 3.0 (Elite) call for lease price Advanced agribusiness level, integrated crop production and data management GIS.
PROFESSIONAL GIS SOFTWARE
MicroImages Inc. TNTlite 6.1 $15.00 for CD Professional GIS and image processing with full features of TNTmips and TNTview except is designed for students and other with small projects.
ESRI ARCVIEW GIS 3.1 $1,845.00 Professional desktop GIS software used in many professions; has not been customized for any specific requirement ( ie. agriculture). ESRI offers add-on modules for further spatial and image analysis.
MapInfo Corporation MapInfo Professional 5.0 $1,950.00 Professional desktop GIS mapping, has not been customized for any specific requirement (ie. agriculture). MapInfo Corporation offers additional add-on modules for specific mapping needs.
MicroImages Inc. TNTmips 6.1 $4500-$9000 Professional GIS and image processing software; has not been customized for any specific requirement (ie. agriculture). Many different options for selecting add-ons.
PROFESSIONAL PRECISION FARMING GIS
Agris Corporation AGLink Professional 5.4 $4,500.00 Professional agribusiness level; multi-client functionality based on ESRI map objects. Has capability for using various plug-ins (eg. geo-referencing).
RDI Technologies, Inc. AgMapp GIS 2.10 $7,500.00 Professional agribusiness mapping software package includes Microsoft Access runtime and MapInfo runtime.
SST Development Group, Inc. SSToolbox 3.1.1 $9,000.00 Professional agricultural spatial data management system, comes bundled with ARCVIEW GIS and Surfer for the high end user.
Linnet Geomatics Croplands-The System $22,500.00 Professional GIS enabled software covering a wide range of farm service center operations

Appendix I (Software Descriptions)

Appendix II (Comparative Matrix Evaluation)

Appendix III (Company Contact Information)

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