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Release Notes

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

      OVERSEER Best Practice Data Input Standards Version 6.2.3

Defining input data can have a significant impact on a resulting nutrient budget, so we've produced a ‘best practice’ standard (developed by expertsto guide users. The standards are updated every time a new version is released.  Read One nutrient budget to rule them all to find out more.

To help you get up to date with the lastest version of the standards, we've listed the changes made below.

Important to note for this version - The Technical Advisory Group have added a new appendix, explaining how to set up a seed crop rotation. Further notes have been added in section 4.7 to make clear Hydrophobic conditions and artificial drainage are only available on pastoral blocks. Changes have also been made to section 4.15, to further explain selecting ‘Land use prior to crop rotation’. 

·         Pg 7 – Section - Fate – added word (Sold to store/removed)
·         Pg 27 – Section 4.4 - Soil Profile – moved profile drainage class to this section from section 4.7
·         Pg 30 – Section 4.7 – Drainage / Run-off - deleted the word ‘Natural’ from heading in first line
·         Pg 30 – Section 4.7 – Drainage / Run-off - reworded impact section
·         Pg 30 – Section 4.7 – Drainage / Run-off – removed profile drainage from this section
·         Pg 30 – Section 4.7 – Drainage / Run-off – added note to explain hydrophobic conditions are only available on pastoral blocks
·         Pg 31 – Section 4.7 – Drainage / Run-off – added note to explain artificial drainage are only available on pastoral blocks
·         Pg 41 – Section 4.15 – Block History – changed the sentence under land use prior to crop rotation
·         Pg 41 – Section 4.15 – Block History – added a graphic to explain land use prior to crop rotation
·         Pg 42 – Section 4.16 – Fodder Crop Rotation and Crop Rotation – added a bullet point under specify crop type
·         Pg 43 - Section 4.16 - Fodder Crop Rotation and Crop Rotation – added word ‘silage’ behind ‘maize’
·         Pg 43 - Section 4.16 - Fodder Crop Rotation and Crop Rotation – replaced a sentence in Cut/Graze note
·         Pg 66 – Appendix 8 – Terminology used in the nutrient budget scenario reports - updated terms around changes in pools and removed ‘farm’ from heading
·         Pg 80 – Appendix 13 – NEW – we’ve added this appendix, which explains how to set up a seed crop rotation in OVERSEER.

User Guides

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

Other Resources

OVERSEER Brochure - a brochure providing an overview of OVERSEER - for you to print and give to your customers.

Facts about OVERSEER - an information sheet about OVERSEER basics.

Summary of OVERSEER Nutrient Budgets Input Data Sensitivities - this describes the sensitivities (as currently known) of OVERSEER input information.

Practical Tips for Data Entry

Locking and unlocking Farms

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.

In-app support

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.

Data Entry

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:

  1. Required data - these are shown by a red arrow - and where possible default values are available that may be changed. The model will not run without this information being entered.
  2. Optional data - these input fields relate to things that may or may not be included in the farm system (such as irrigation and fertiliser). The model will run without this information, but if the optional field is not used and is relevant to the system the nutrient budget will be inaccurate and meaningless.

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.

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