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Paere256DSC06066GreenPlan is a strategic planning program specifically designed for potplant growers. It is the aim of the program to make the planning process as smooth as possible. For long term planning it is possible to make a rough plan where e. g. only the pot size matters using main crops. For short term planning the plan can be refined and the main crops can be expanded into a number of variety crops.

Greenplan is highly focused on the point of sale and has a number of features making it easy to assure that the right mix of varieties and colors will be available in due time.

 

Short feature list:

Multiple plans

In GreenPlan you can have as many alternative plans as you need. Using the advanced copying functions you can move vast amounts of data from one plan to another. Alternative plans are for experiments without corrupting the actual plan. Can you make a plan that produces a larger revenue? There is no risk trying.

Extensive copying functions

"Work smart - not hard" is the GreenPlan credo. If you anywhere in the program need a material, an operation, a series of starting quantities etc. that is similar to something that you have already then you don't have to define everything from scratch once again. Make a copy, modify it only where it needs to be modified, and you are done. Even recipes of how to grow a crop can be copied from one crop to other crops, making it easy to define the data basis for a lot of varieties belonging to the same genus.

Graphical planning

Evaluate the impact of your work immediately. You can open as many windows as you need showing your plan graphically. Each of these windows can be configured individually so you can monitor area utilization, labor hours, start quantities and sales quantities simultaneously. As the picture above shows: Two monitors will be nice.

Day or week based planning

Some crops are to be planed so detailed that planning on a weekly basis isn't precis enough. Pot roses and Kalanchoes and young plants are obvious candidates for planning on a daily basis. Plants having a long production time before being ready for sale are candidates for planning on a weekly basis.

Configurable reports

Reports such as crop analysis can be configured using a custom layout. All possible fields are at your disposal. Combine them using "Drag & drop" and you will get a report with exactly the figures you need. You can have as many different layouts as you need.

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Anniversary days (e.g. Mothers day)

In order to make it easy to control that your production is ready in due time you can evaluate your selling amounts against important anniversary days. See the graphics below showing anniversary days at work.

Heating calculations based on local conditions

Heating is based on the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. It is therefore a relatively simple task to localize your heating calculations, as all that has to be entered, are the average outdoor temperatures for your country/region. Your local meteorological institute can provide the figures. See "Average outdoor temperatures" below.

Multiple heating sources

Different departments may not be heated from the same heating source. You can have as many different heating sources as you need. All heating calculations are done in kWh and then converted into tons of oil or cubic meters of gas or whatever is used for heating.

Growth light contributes to heating

As most of the energy used for growth light is emitted as heat then this can be a major source heating your houses. This may reduce the consumption of the regular heating source significantly.

Varying cost prices

Cost prices as well as selling prices will vary over time. In GreenPlan everything has an attached pricing table. Maintenance of these pricing tables is easy. A price applies until an other price overrules it. If you don't bother maintaining varying prices then just enter a single price. It will apply forever.

A and B quality finished goods

The selling amounts regarding quality can alse be planed. If you e.g. are growing the same crop in two different facilities the the distribution of a quality and B quality may not be the same. In older facilities you may have a higher degree of B quality. A and B quality each have their own entries in the selling price table.

Growth control

Growth control is not directly planable. You can't predict how much the sun will be shining in half a year. Based on experience you can however make an educated guess of how your plants should be treated during the production time. This will - as everything else when planning - result in an average consumption of treatment agents. If you make the effort of defining the expected treatments then Cycocel and Alar and  Bonzi and Zipper etc. will be available in material consumption lists as any other material.
If you don't bother then the average cost for growth control treatments can be defined as a variable cost per m² occupied.

Multiple cyclic recipes per crop

The same crop may be produced in several different ways. In most other planning systems you need to plan such a crop as several different crops. In GreenPlan you can have as many different recipes describing the production as you need. Do you grow the same crop sometimes starting with a plug and sometimes starting with half finished goods? No problem.

Multiple cutting sources

In GreenPlan cuttings/plugs are treated as a material. The advantage of this is that you can mix how you get the cuttings needed freely. You may buy some of them and you may produce them yourself. Different crops that actually are of same variety but in different pot sized may contribute producing the same cutting. E. g. pot roses where both the 6 cm, the 9 cm and the 13 pot sizes produce the same cutting when being cut down.

Distribution of fixed costs

Fixed costs such as office staff and insurances and mortgage etc. are normally not part of a production planning system. That is costs that you have (more or less) regardless of whether you produce a few plants per year or a lot of plants. A production planning system calculates costs and revenues that can be put into a financial account/budgetting system. This will then calculate the final result for the overall enterprise. However, it is nice to be able to see "how are we doing" using this plan - as it looks right now - without the bother of transferring data to your financial system first. Fixed costs are distributed among the crops using their area consumption.

 

hmtoggle_plus1        Average outdoor temperatures

Average outdoor temperatures as they look in Denmark. Put in your own (only 53 figures) and all your heating calculations will correspond to your local climate.

Outdoor temperatures graph

hmtoggle_plus1        A production department with weekly expected costs for heating

Form_Departments

hmtoggle_plus1        The planning file with instant analysis

PlanningFile

The limits for what is good and what is not so good can be configured:

ProfitMarginColors_Form

hmtoggle_plus1        Sales graphics with anniversary days

Selling graphics

The green columns are showing the number of plants ready for sale for the current crop in the above planning file. In this case a 6 cm. crop. Assuming it is a yellow flowering crop then the peak just before Easter is OK.The white column symbolizes the current batch having focus in the planning file form. The blue columns symbolizes everything else.