With AgSquared's Calendar tool you can schedule and keep track of all the different tasks, events, and activities that are associated with each of your plantings. Whether the number of seeds you plant in the beginning of the season is based on your expected harvest needs, or on the contrary your sowing and expected transplant dates dictate when you will be able to supply produce at the market, creating a schedule for your plantings and updating it throughout the season will help you stay on top of your plantings’ needs which in turn can lead to better yields.
Making a Planting Schedule
Most planting schedules are book-ended by sowing and harvest dates, and depending on the type of crop may also include transplanting dates. However, to take a planting from seed to harvest there are a lot more important steps that need to be carried out than just sowing, transplanting and harvesting.
Take for example the numerous steps needed to grow a single bed of carrots from seed to market:
1. Order Carrot Seeds >
2. Prep Bed for Sowing (which could include any number of sub steps including pulling out an existing crop, tilling, forming planting beds, and adding soil amendments) >
3. Sow Carrot Seeds >
4. Weed, Irrigate, and Thin Carrot plantings (each multiple times throughout)
5. Apply fertilizer amendments or pest management fabric to plantings >
6. Harvest Carrots (multiple times) and store them
7. Bring Carrots to Market
8. Till under or pull remaining harvest
9. Sow cover crop/prep bed for next planting
While it may not be necessary to schedule in advance every single step listed above, entering some of the most important steps and dates in your calendar will help you keep track of the sequence of your activities that need to occur in order to have a successful planting.
To learn how to make a schedule and add different activities to a planting, see this article on Adding Activities
. You can make your planting schedules in the Calendar or the Planting Schedule Tab
Planting Schedules become your Planting Records
Each planting activity and date that you add to your calendar is an important record of not just what happened, but also when and where it happened and how long it took. By checking off each
activity as complete and entering in how much time it took to carry out the activity, you are able to effectively keep a record of the amount of time you spent working with each planting.
Other Useful Planting Schedule Features
Planting dates are Automatically Visible in the Calendar
When you create plantings in the Crops Tool, all the important planting details (dates, bed location, planting details, etc) are automatically added to your AgSquared Calendar. This makes it easy to follow your crop plan, but also schedule planting-specific activities (i.e. bed prepping, repeated weeding, harvests, etc) directly in your calendar.
Flexible and Advanced Scheduling
To account for inevitable changes in your planting schedules (i.e. a delayed planting due to rain,an early harvest due to frost, etc…), AgSquared's Calendar makes it possible to re-schedule activities by simply dragging and dropping
them to a new date. Furthermore, if the activity your are rescheduling is assigned a planting, that plantings schedule will automatically update in the Crops tool as well. Experts planners can also schedule dependent, repeating, and floating activities