This help document covers three important aspects of dates in Tend;
- How dates and related values interact with one another
- How editing of dates in the Task feature works
- Exceptions to the date editing rules
We understand the logic can take a minute to understand, but once you do, you'll be able to quickly and easily update tasks and timelines to best reflect your business.
Introduction to dates and date editing in Tend
As you create each planting in Tend, you will need to define several key dates such as the Greenhouse Start Date, Potting Up Date, Field Planting Date, First Harvest, etc. To help make date calculations easier, Tend includes growing windows which allow you to enter the number of days between planting dates rather than selecting each date individually from the calendar. For example:
- Days to Potting Up: the number of days between the GH Start Date and the Potting Up Date
- Days in GH: the number of days between the Potting Up Date and the Field Planting Date
- Days to Maturity (DTM): number of days between the Field Planting Date and First Harvest
See the example below for a Chard planting:
Changing the dates of a planting
To provide a streamlined workflow as you create your crop plan and to make sure that your growing records are accurate, Tend will apply different logic as you change dates or growing windows.
If planting tasks are in the future:
- Changing a date: If you are in the process of creating a new planting or if no system generated tasks such as GH Start or Field Transplant have been completed, changing one date will update the other dates to maintain growing periods. When you hover over a date, the information that will be updated is highlighted. See in the recording below that all dates are highlighted and updated when the GH Start date is changed. Notice that the growing periods (Days to Potting up, Days in GH, Days to Maturity) are maintained.
- Change Growing Period: If all tasks are in the future, all growing periods can be modified and all dates after the growing window will be updated. Notice in the example below that if the Days in GH is updated, the Field Planting Date and the First Harvest Date are highlighted and updated. However, the previous dates (GH start date and Potting-up date) and the other growing periods (DTM and Harvest window) are not changed.
If tasks are in the past:
- Change Dates: If tasks have been marked complete and you change a planting date, growing windows and future dates will be updated so that past tasks are not affected. In the example below, the GH Start task has already been completed, so when the Field Plant date is moved forward a week, the Days in GH window is updated along with the First Harvest date.
- Change Growing Window: To ensure that your records are accurate, Tend will not allow you to automatically change dates for completed tasks—or for tasks that are in the past (we assume they are probably completed)—by updating a growing window. In the example below, the GH Start and Field Transplant tasks have been completed. The Days in GH field is grayed out and not editable because changing this growing window would affect the completed tasks. However, the Days to Maturity window is editable, and changing this period will update the First Harvest date.
How does the date logic apply to Task management?
Moving planting task dates:
Moving a planting task date is the same as editing the date in the planting details, it will follow the same rules.
This means that on occasion you will be restricted from moving a task because it might overlap with another planting task date, and we do not want you to accidentally edit records.
There is one exception to the rules above and that is when you're using the bulk edit feature.
Tend puts a priority on the Field planting/sowing date. We believe that for most crop plans this is the date that farmers most frequently plan around.
- When editing days in greenhouse or days to transplant value, Tend will not update the field planting/sowing date.
Now that you better understand the logic behind dates in Tend, we hope you're able to use this feature to streamline your planning and executing on web or mobile.