Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., has an online recordkeeping system growers can access through the Pioneer GrowingPoint Web site, designed to help them manage and track operations at a field level and improve their operations’ overall productivity.

This recordkeeping tool, which is available as a complimentary service to Pioneer customers, gives operators the ability to go online and organize information on their farms and fields, enter operational records at a field level (applications, planting, harvesting, etc.) and generate activity reports, including field-operation summaries and restricted-use pesticide reports for compliance.

“With this GrowingPoint website management system, customers can develop field-level plans, then track their operations, crop progress and performance by field in one convenient location,” says Jeff Talmadge, Pioneer e-business coordinator. “The program was designed with the farmer in mind, focusing on operator input and critical information growers need to log for their records.”

Specifically, the recordkeeping program has areas for field-by-field planning ahead of the crop season, year-over-year production records (applications, planting records, etc.), hybrid growth and weather tracking by field (accumulated Growing Degree Units and precipitation), reporting for restricted-use pesticides and more.

Pioneer customers can log in to this new system by visiting the GrowingPoint website (http://www.pioneer.com/growingpoint), clicking on the “My Farm & Accounts” tab, and then clicking the link under “My Farms & Fields.”

Additionally, those customers who have already utilized the Pioneer FITSM yield mapping system in 2006 will have their field maps and field names loaded into the new system for their convenience. Together, FIT mapping and recordkeeping comprise two of the many tools Pioneer is using to help farm operators improve their productivity in every acre.

“This is only the beginning,” Talmadge adds. “Additional system tools are already being developed, such as basic financial records and simplified online mapping options. We are excited to keep adding new features to help make this tool a valuable productivity resource for our customers.”

Customers can be assured that the information they store is secure. The site requires two levels of security to get into personal information. In addition, participants have the choice of opting in or out of sharing information with the Pioneer sales team. The website operates under strict guidelines from the DuPont global privacy policy.

Users will need to activate their accounts with a one-time PIN (personal identification number) in order to access the recordkeeping system. For those users who have not activated their accounts or who want a sneak preview to see the capabilities of the new system, log on to the site and type “recordkeeping” in the search box.

The GrowingPoint recordkeeping system is not yet available in Canada.

For further assistance or questions, customers may call 1-800-233-7333. No additional hardware or software is required to use the recordkeeping system, and it is available to Pioneer customers at no charge.