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Release Notes are a list of the changes included in the version being released. They are not a use guide, but let the user know how the new version is different to the previous one.
Release Notes v6.2.3.pdf - November 2016
Release notes for version 6.2.2 - May 2016
Release notes for version 6.2.1 - December 2015
Release notes for version 6.2.0 - April 2015
Release notes for version 6.1.3 - August 2014
Release notes v6.0 part 1 - August 2012
Release notes v6.0 part 2 - August 2012
Animal Report User Guide - May 2016 - a guide for use of the animal reports in OVERSEER and how they can help.
Definition of Terms in the Nutrient Budget - updated May 2016 - a summary of the terms in the OVERSEER Nutrient Budget Reports (previously Technical Note 6)
Crop input guidelines for Overseer - June 2013 - a report prepared for the Foundation for Arable Research. Please note that the Best Practice Data Input Standards are the agreed standard for determining input data for all farm types. Recommendations in this report should be checked against the Standards.
OVERSEER Standalone installation instructions - a step by step guide to installing OVERSEER Standalone
Summary of OVERSEER Nutrient Budgets Input Data Sensitivities - this describes the sensitivities (as currently known) of OVERSEER input information.
Farms providing block and scenario reports can be locked using the My Farms page by clicking on the padlock to prevent inadvertent changes being made to a farm and consequential changes to reported values.
Locked farms are indicated by a closed padlock, unlocked farms by an open one .
When a farm is locked, reports are updated and the date and time recorded in the Last modified column. If an error is reported, the farm cannot be locked.
Reports generated by a locked farm remain unchanged until the farm is unlocked and therefore do not reflect changes associated with subsequent releases of OVERSEER.
When a locked farm is copied it remains locked; the copied farm is unlocked. Locked farms can be downloaded using the “Export the last successful nutrient budget” button and reports interrogated using customised software. However, if imported into OVERSEER some time later, reported values in the xml file may differ from those reported by OVERSEER if a version has been released in the meantime.
Help is available throughout the OVERSEER application as a description of each input page. To access Help click the '? Show Help' icon. Some pages also include blue question marks next to text or data entry fields. These provide screen tips to help complete the input field.
So that OVERSEER can model lots of different farm systems, there are lots of different data entry fields. The brief summary below describes some of the practical functions of data entry for OVERSEER.
There are two categories of data entry:
Default values - These are provided so OVERSEER can run with the least amount of data input. Default values are based on internal databases and scientific and/or industry knowledge. Using known farm management information will generate the best nutrient budget.
Changing fields on pages - On some data input pages, not all of the required fields might be shown on opening the page. This is because the required data fields will change depending on the previous options selected.