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Tracking Perennial Crops

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2014 11:31AM EST

You can use AgSquared to track and keep records on the perennial crops that you grow on your farm.  There are a few ways you can set up perennials in your Crops tool that make it easier to manage them in your account and keep organized annual records about their yields, costs, and overall performance.

Create a separate planting for each year that your perennial crop is in production


This is done by adding perennials as Crops in the Crops tool, and then creating a new Planting every year that the perennial crop is in production. In the example below the perennial crop is Apple, and for every year that each apple variety is in production a planting has been created (e.g. Cameo 2013, Cameo 2014):

 

If you grow a few varieties of the same perennial crop and each variety is managed a bit differently, you can create a  Crop for each perennial variety, and then a new Planting for each year that the variety is in production.  See the example of pear varieties below:


 
It is important that when you add a Planting to designate a specific year that you include the name of the perennial crop or variety in the title of the Planting.  This will make it easier to identify exactly which crop you are looking at in other areas of AgSquared.



Also, it is recommended to NOT add a sowing date to any of your perennial plantings.  Doing so will add the sowing date to the title of your Planting which is not useful (since perennials are typically only planted once) and makes the title of your planting confusing:


 

Name your perennial plantings based on location (field, block, orchard)

Some farmers plant each perennial variety that they grow in a different location  If this is the case on your farm, you can set up your perennials to be organized by location and date in your Crops tool. Check out the example below of a Blueberry crop that has two different varieties that are organized by location (block) and year:


Tips for Creating  Perennial Plantings

  • Almost all of the data fields in the AgSquared planting forms are optional.  So you only need to add information that is valuable to your specific perennial planting.
  • As you add a new planting for each year, do not enter in a sowing date as this will make the title of your planting confusing.  Additionally you do not need to include transplant dates or harvest dates.
  • Be sure to include the Crop name in the Planting name when you add Perennials to your account. This will make it easier for you to identify exactly which crops you are looking at and working with in other areas of AgSquared (calendar, maps, etc...)  
     

Perennial Record Review

With AgSquared you can review how each perennial planting is performing on your farm over time with detailed records of your schedule of activities, harvest entries, and crop plan exports. AgSquared Plus and Premier subscribers can also review costs of production including labor, machinery and supply costs.
 
Reviewing Your Schedule

Completing Activities in your Calendar tool allows you to keep accurate and organized records about what you do on your farm as well as how long each activity took.  Reviewing your activities is a valuable way to identify the most efficient aspects of your operation as well as those which need to be improved.  

Reviewing Your Harvest Records

With the AgSquared Harvest feature you can record and keep track of exactly what and how much you harvested.  Reviewing your harvest records over time is a valuable way to identify the most productive and profitable crops and varieties on your farm.

Reviewing Your Exported Records 

You can export your crop plan directly from the Crops tool by scrolling your mouse over the Import/Export button in your toolbar and choosing an export type.  Generating exports allows you to see a snapshot of the condition of your farm at any given time, as well as to isolate and review specific aspects of your perennial growing system.
 
Reviewing Your Costs with AgSquared Plus
 

Throughout the season as you allocate resources to your completed activities, the costs of those resources will be calculated and displayed in the Cost Tab of each of your crops and plantings:

When you open your Cost tab for a crop or planting to which you’ve allocated resources, you will see a breakdown of your total costs for each resource type (supplies, machinery and labor)

 


When you expand the view of your resources, you will see a view of the quantity and cost of all the resources that have been allocated to the planting:
 



Note: If you make changes to the way you track your resources costs, it may change the way your costs are displayed in the cost tab.  To learn more, see this article.

 

 
If you have questions about how to successfully create and track perennial plantings with AgSquared please reach out to us!
 

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