Plantings are the fundamental building blocks of the Crop Plan and, therefore, of Tend. The more information about plantings you provide, the more details we can share back in the Seed List, Tasks, and Reports Features.
Here’s how to add a new planting to your Crop Plan in Tend:
1. Navigate to the Crop Plan feature
2. Click on the “Add Plantings” button
3. Select the "New Planting" option
Select the Crop you want to add a planting of from your list of My Crops. If you don't see the Crop you're looking for, navigate to the My Crops Feature to add the Crop and Variety you want to grow, then repeat the steps above to start adding the planting to your Crop Plan.
If you grow more than one variety of the Crop, you can select which variety you want to add now, or skip this step and specify your varieties later.
NOTE: Tend allows you to add custom varieties to a parent crop (a new variety of lettuce, for example). However, if you do not find the parent crop you’re looking for, please let us know by reaching out to us at email@example.com,and we can add the crop to our database.
Enter details for your planting
Tend gives you the ability to plan at a very detailed level for each planting. However, to minimize data entry and streamline the process of creating your crop plan, we’ve preloaded details for most varieties based on common growing data. When you create a planting of a variety for the first time, you may notice that the in-row spacing, days in greenhouse, and days to maturity already have values pre-populated. These details can be updated to reflect your specific growing conditions, and Tend will automatically save your information for the next time you add that same variety to your crop plan.
Select or Update Variety as Needed
If you didn't select a Crop Variety or would like to change the Variety, you can do so now by by clicking on the "Select Variety" option or by clicking on the Variety currently displayed in the Planting Details Screen.
Tend Tip: If you want to change the variety of a planting you've already added to your Crop Plan, you can do so by clicking on the planting to open the Planting Details Screen. Or you can use the Bulk Edit tool in the All Plantings and Greenhouse Plantings Views of the Crop Plan to update varieties (and other planting details) of several plantings at once.
Tend offers farmers the option of selecting "For plant sale?" This toggle updates the days to maturity for the crop to optimize the size for a plant sale.
Single vs multiple plantings
Tend gives you two options when adding plantings:
- Add a single planting to your crop plan as in the example below:
- Create multiple plantings of the same variety in one step. In the example below we are creating 5 plantings spaced 2 weeks apart. Once these 5 plantings are added to your crop plan they will function independently of each other and can be modified individually. You can edit all of the plantings together with the bulk edit feature. (see help article on Bulk Edit for more information)
To assign a planting to a location on your farm click on the Select Location button to open the Bed Assignment screen. See the help article on Assigning Plantings to Beds for more information.
You can enter in the amount you want to plant either in:
- Bed feet: the length of the beds that your crop will occupy
- Row feet: the total length of all rows or lines of your planting
- Individual Plants
In the example below, notice that changing the measurement from bed feet to row feet updates the amount from 100 to 300 because there are 3 rows per bed. For more information see the help article on Bed Feet. vs Row Feet.
Tend allows you to set the spacing or seeding rate for plantings, and may provide a suggestion for common spacing based on averages for that variety. The options for spacing or seeding rates depending on the selected planting method:
- Greenhouse Sow: in-row spacing (measured in inches)
- Transplant from purchased: in-row spacing (measured in inches)
- Direct Sow: in-row spacing or seeds/ft option
- Direct Sow: Band/Swath: seeds/ft, seeds/acre, oz/ft, oz/acre, and lbs/acre.
You can define whether a planting is:
- Annual - single growing season and harvest window
- Perennial - planting will continue into future seasons until marked as finished
- Biennial - planting will appear in current growing season and next growing season
Depending on how you want to plant each crop, you can select from the following methods:
- Direct Sow
- Direct Sow: Band/Swath
- Greenhouse Sow
- Transplant from Purchased
Tend includes typical harvest stages for crops so you can more accurately plan for days to maturity and harvest windows. For example, we now offer microgreens for certain crops which will adjust the days to maturity accordingly. Additionally, lettuce includes baby leaf, full size, or mini head harvest stages, and onions include full-size or spring harvest stages.
Depending on the planting method you select, Tend allows you to select key dates for your plantings such as Greenhouse start date, Field Planting Date, and First Harvest Date. You’ll notice that if you change one date the others will be updated to maintain growing periods such as Days in GH and Days to Maturity. You can also update these growing periods as needed.
See the video below for an example of how dates are linked and help doc on Dates in Tend for more information.
For Greenhouse Sow and Transplant from Purchased plantings, Tend gives you the ability to enter information for flats/pots and seeding so you can create a detailed greenhouse plan. You can select the flat/pot type from the list or create a custom type by scrolling to the bottom of the list and clicking the “Add flat/pot type” button.
Based on the planting amount and spacing, Tend will automatically calculate how many transplants you need and how many flats/pots you’ll need to sow. You can enter the number of seeds that you’ll sow per cell and add in a percentage loss to account for failed germination.
You can also manually enter the number of flats or transplants by clicking the Edit button.
Based on your planting amount, seeding rate or seeds per cell for transplants, Tend will calculate the number of seeds required for each planting.
You can enter in an extra percentage for your seed order to make sure you don’t run out, and you can indicate whether the seed is Organic, Pelleted, or Treated in the Specs drop-down. Select one or more options from the list.
A the bottom of the seed details you’ll see the Add Seed Weight which allows you to enter the number of seeds per ounce, pound or gram for your seed order.
Harvest & Revenue Details
Tend helps you to calculate your estimated yields and revenue for each planting based on planting amount, average yield rate, and average sales price. To make these calculations as accurate as possible you can enter:
- The harvest unit that you use to record your yields (pound, bunch, head, case, etc.)
- An estimated average yield rate per row ft, 10 row ft, 100 row ft or per plant
- Average sales price in units (pound, bunch, head, case, etc.) See the article on Unit Conversions in Tend for more information.
You can apply task templates and directly add tasks to a planting in the Tasks tab on the left of the Planting Details window. See the help article on the Tasks and Timeline Tabs for more information.
Planting Details Header
At the top of the planting details screen you’ll find:
- Est. Yield (calculation based on planting amount and avg. yield rate)
- Est. Revenue calculation (calculation based on est. yield and avg sales price)
- Status (Direct Sow, Planted, Overdue, Finished)
- More menu “...” (Finish Planting, Delete)
The “Finish Planting” option allows you to mark a planting as finished either because you’ve completed harvesting or the crop failed. You can enter a date for final harvest or crop failure, and notes regarding crop failure. These notes are saved in the Planting Timeline.
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the blue Create button to save your Planting!