With minimum wages on the rise in many countries, automation is becoming an increasingly hot topic within the global horticulture industry.  More and more growers are combating soaring labour costs by turning to technology in the form of robotic pickers, sprayers, and packers.  However, the initial investment and upkeep costs for these solutions are usually prohibitive; and for many crops - like apples, sweet cherries, table grapes, asparagus, and peppers - automation is simply not an option.  Until we build robots that can mimic the delicacy and precision of human hands and the nuanced perception of our brains, growers of labour-intensive crops will need to look beyond robots to mitigate their rising costs.

However, technology can help growers keep costs down not solely by eliminating their labour force, but also by maximizing the potential of their teams.  Croptracker's Work Crew Activity & Labour Tracking module makes it easy to track productivity; store records; calculate payouts; and identify issues in the work flow and act accordingly before issues become costly problems.

Use Croptracker to:

• Keep records of work hours offered, work hours completed, and work activities completed throughout the day

• Easily create and assign schedules so that no tasks are forgotten or unnecessarily repeated  (This minimizes waste and misuse, both of physical resources and of employees’ time)

• Track hourly and piecemeal rate activity

• Compile timesheet data

• Centralize HR records

• View individual and team productivity trends

• Respond to issues and irregularities quickly


With up-to-the-minute information and management tools available in growers' pockets, time spent within supervisory roles can be spent, potentially much more lucratively, elsewhere.  The same can be achieved for time spent completing paperwork.  Croptracker’s ability to automate timesheets, payrolls, and piece rate pay calculations allows growers to spend more valuable time in their fields rather than their office.


Eliminating your work crew isn't always the answer - but optimizing your team and your ability to manage it is always a priority.  Croptracker's robust Work Crew Activity & Labour Tracking module helps growers get the most out of their work crew.



 Interested in learning more about our Work Crew Activity & Labour Tracking module or any other Croptracker feature?  Click here or head over to our Knowledge Base, where you'll find step-by-step tutorials as well as common troubleshooting tips and more.  And as always, if you're ever stuck, never hesitate to e-mail us at support@croptracker.com or Live Chat with us by clicking the green speech bubble helpicon in your bottom right-hand corner.  We're always happy to help you let Croptracker make your farm become more efficient, safe, and profitable!


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