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Using the Planting Details Calculator

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2014 05:28PM EST
When you open the Edit Sowing Details form, the first step is to choose if you want to calculate your planting details from Number of Seeds, Expected Harvest, Planting Area or using No Calculations.  This article explains how to calculate your sowing details using each of these methods for both In-Ground Plantings as well as Container, then In-Ground Plantings.
 
Table of Contents

 
 

Calculating From Number of Seeds for an In-Ground Planting

 

  

If you know how many seeds you will be planting and want to calculate your row and bed length, as well as your expected harvest for a planting, select the Calculating from Number of Seeds option at the top of the Calculator.

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool.

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered in to the white unshaded boxes. The steps are outlined in Red below:
 

 
In the  Section:

  When Calculating from the Number of seeds, the first step is to enter the number of seeds you intend on planting.

  The second step is to enter the Within Row Spacing and it’s measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Row Length, based on the Number of seeds and the Within Row Spacing.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the number of Rows per Bed
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Bed Length, based on the Total Row Length and the Number of Rows per Bed. You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Bed Width
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Area, based on the Bed Length and Width.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Between Row Spacing
 
You will need to choose a measurement for the Between Row Spacing in the dropdown menu.
 
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  Enter the Expected yield per row foot
 
 Enter the measurement per row foot of the Expected Yield
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Expected Harvest based on the Expected Yield per Row Foot and the total number of Row Feet in the planting.
 

Calculating From Expected Harvest for an In-Ground Planting
 


When you are Calculating from Expected Harvest, you are calculating from the bottom up.  You are figuring your Row and Bed Space, as well as Number of Seeds based on your Expected Harvest. 

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool. 
You will will need to enter information working from the bottom of the Edit Planting form up to the top. 

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered in to the white unshaded boxes. The steps are outlined in Red below:

Please Note: You are working from the Bottom of the Edit Sowing Details form up to the top when calculating from Expected Harvest.
 


In the  Section:
 
  Enter the Expected Harvest.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the measurement per row foot that you will use for the Expected Yield
 
In the  Section:

  Enter the Expected Yield per row foot
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Row Length, based on the measurement per row foot of the Expected Yield and the Expected Yield.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Between Row Spacing.  You will need to choose a measurement for the Between Row Spacing in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Bed Width.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the number of Rows per Bed
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Bed Length and Total area, based on all of the data that you have entered. You will need to choose measurements in the dropdown menu for the Bed Length and Total area.
 
  Enter the Within Row Spacing and it’s measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of seeds required for this planting based on the Total


Calculating From Planting Area for an In-Ground Planting




You can use the Calculate from Area feature to calculate how many seeds you will need to plant based on how much space you have available in a field, bed, or bench Row and Bed.

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool.

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered in to the white boxes. The steps for Calculating from Area are outlined in Red below:

Please Note: You are working from the Bottom of the Edit Sowing Details form up to the top when calculating from Expected Harvest.




In the section:

Enter the Area available for the planting.  You can choose a to calculate from Total Area, Total Row Length or Bed Length.  You will also need to choose a measurement in the drop down menu.

Enter the Between Row Spacing.  Please note that this specific data entry field is optional and will not affect your calculations.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.

Enter the Width of your Planting Bed.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.

Enter the Number of Rows per Bed

Enter your within row spacing.  This is the space in between each plant in the row.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.  Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of seeds required for this planting based on the Planting Area available using all of the information that you have entered into the edit planting form.

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Enter your expected yield and Unit of Measurement per row foot.  Please note that this information is optional and the only calculation that this will affect is the Expected Harvest.
 

No Calculations
 

 


This method of Editing Sowing details turns off the AgSquared calculator features and allows the user to enter all data into the form.  This leaves a bit more flexibility for growers that have equations which do not fit into the calculator formulas.  This approach also allows the user to fill in some fields while leaving others empty. 

It is important to remember that if you use No Calculations to create planting data and then change your Calculate from to Number of Seeds or Expected Seeds any value that you enter will in turn re-calculate all of the related values based on the new value that you have entered. 

If at any time you find that you have accidentally shifted the values of your plantings just press and your planting will revert to the last saved values.

Please Note: Using the No Calculations method works the same when calculating for In-Ground or Container. then In-Ground Plantings

 

Calculating From Number of Seeds for a Container, then In-Ground Planting

 
 
When Calculating from Number of Seeds, you are doing exactly that- Calculating your Row and Bed Length, as well as your Expected Harvest based on the Number of Seeds that you intend to plant. 

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool.

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered into the white unshaded boxes. The steps are outlined in Red below:
 
 




In the  Section:
 
  Enter the Number of Seeds

  Enter the Number of Seeds per Container
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate Number of containers based on the Total Number of seeds and the number of Seeds per container
 
  Enter the Footprint of the Containers.  The footprint is the amount of space that the container takes up.  The footprint is measured in a squared unit of measurement.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Bench space based on the Number of Containers and their footprint.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter a Germination Rate.  The Germination rate will determine the total number of transplants, that appears in the - Number of transplants box
 
In the section:
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of Transplants based on the Number of Seeds, Number of Containers and the Germination Rate. 
 
  The next step is to enter the Within Row Spacing and it’s measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Row Length, based on the Number of Transplants and the Within Row Spacing.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the number of Rows per Bed
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Bed Length, based on the Total Row Length and the Number of Rows per Bed. You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Bed Width
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Area, based on the Bed Length and Width.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Enter the Between Row Spacing
 
You will need to choose a measurement for the Between Row Spacing in the dropdown menu.
 
In the  Section:
 
  Enter the Expected yield
 
  Enter the measurement per row foot of the Expected Yield
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Expected Harvest based on the Expected Yield per Row Foot and the total number of Row Feet in the planting.
 

Calculating From Expected Harvest for a Container, then In-Ground Planting




When you are Calculating from Expected Harvest, you are calculating from the bottom up.  You are figuring out your Row and Bed Space, as well as Number of Seeds based on your Expected Harvest. 

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool. 
You will will need to enter information from the bottom of the Edit Planting form working up to the top. 

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered in to the white unshaded boxes. The steps are outlined in Red below:

Please Note: You are working from the Bottom of the Edit Sowing Details form up to the top when calculating from Expected Harvest.




In the Section:

  Enter the Expected Harvest.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the measurement per row foot that you will use for the Expected Yield
 
  Enter the Expected Yield per row foot
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Total Row Length, based on the measurement per row foot of the Expected Yield and the Expected Yield.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
In the section:

  Enter the Between Row Spacing.  You will need to choose a measurement for the Between Row Spacing in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Bed Width.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the number of Rows per Bed
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Bed Length and Total area, based on all of the data that you have entered. You will need to choose measurements in the dropdown menu for the Bed Length and Total area.
 
  Enter the Within Row Spacing and it’s measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of Final Transplants required for this planting based on the Total Row Length and the Within Row Spacing.
 
In the Section:

  Enter a Germination rate. 
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of seeds based on the Number of transplants and the Germination rate
 
  Enter the Footprint of the Containers.  The footprint is the amount of space that the container takes up.  The footprint is measured in a squared unit of measurement.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.
 
  Enter the Number of Seeds per Container
 
Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate theTotal Bench space based on the Number of Containers and their footprint.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.


Calculating From Planting Area for a Container, then In-Ground Planting




You can use the Calculate from Area feature to calculate how many seeds you will need to plant based on how much space you have available in a field, bed, or bench.

You will notice that some of the boxes are shaded in gray.  These boxes are calculated using the AgSquared calculator tool.

As you enter data, the AgSquared Calculators will work for you and calculate the data in the gray shaded boxes based on the information that you have entered in to the white boxes. The steps for Calculating from Area are outlined in Red below:




In the section:

Enter the Area available for the planting.  You can choose a to calculate from Total Area, Total Row Length or Bed Length.  You will also need to choose a measurement in the drop down menu.

Enter the Between Row Spacing.  Please note that this specific data entry field is optional and will not affect your calculations.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.

Enter the Width of your Planting Bed.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.

Enter the number of rows in the bed.

Enter your within row spacing.  This is the space in between each plant in the row.  You will need to choose a measurement in the dropdown menu.

In the section:

Enter a Transplant Survival rate %.   Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of Transplants based on the Number of transplants and the Germination rate

Enter the Footprint of the Containers.  The footprint is the amount of space that the container takes up.  The footprint is measured in a squared unit of measurement.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.

Enter the number of transplants in each container.

In the section:

Enter a Germination rate %.  Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of Containers required based on the planting's Germination rate

Enter the Footprint of the Containers.  The footprint is the amount of space that the container takes up.  The footprint is measured in a squared unit of measurement.  You will need to choose a squared unit of measurement in the dropdown menu.  The calculator will then give you the total bench space required.

Enter the Number of Seeds per Container.  Now the AgSquared Calculator will calculate the Number of seeds required for this planting based on the Planting Area available using all of the information that you have entered into the edit planting form.

In the Section:

Enter your expected yield and Unit of Measurement per row foot.  Please note that this information is optional and the only calculation that this will affect is the Expected Harvest.

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