Trimble Acquires Farm Works Software Assets

Move will expand its precision agriculture solutions.

Published on: Jul 17, 2009

Trimble announced Friday it has acquired the assets of privately-held CTN Data Service, LLC, creator of Farm Works software, located in Hamilton, Ind. The acquisition is expected to accelerate Trimble's information management capabilities and offer agricultural customers significant new capabilities in their precision farming operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Farm Works provides integrated office and mobile software solutions for both the farmer and agriculture service professional. The software is compatible with a wide range of file formats and hardware typically used in the agriculture equipment industry. Among its capabilities, Farm Works software can automatically capture field event data, downloaded from an in-cab display or handheld computer, for record keeping. The software also tracks most farm operations including vehicle monitoring, crop management, staffing, field mapping, chemical and fertilizer management, and cost accounting. The software also includes a herd management and genealogy program for livestock producers.

"Bringing Farm Works and Trimble together allows us to integrate technologies and competencies to further enhance information management solutions for precision agriculture," said Erik Arvesen, vice president and general manager for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "As we continue to expand our agricultural solutions, it is important that we help farmers take full advantage of the available data to improve yield and productivity as well as reduce their carbon footprint."

"We are very pleased to join Trimble," said Ian Harley, primary owner of CTN Data. "While continuing to work with a range of manufacturers, the combination of Trimble's field-proven technology and CTN's data management software will provide a seamless solution to help realize the full potential of precision agriculture."