Trimble announced today 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."

About CTN Data Service

CTN Data Service, LLC, headquartered in Hamilton, Ind., with subsidiary offices in the United Kingdom and South Africa, was founded in the summer of 1992 by Norman Teegardin, president of CTN Data Service, LLC. Teegardin, a former farmer, recognized that record keeping was time consuming but critical to business operations. He developed Farm Works software to create a comprehensive farm management system that was simple to use. The company supplies farm management software in 20 different languages and has a customer base of over 30,000 users worldwide. CTN Data Service provides fully supported, easy-to-use, yet technically advanced solutions for the office and field.