Once there, your first step will be to use Tend's satellite mapping tool to create your farm's Sites and map out your Fields and Orchards. This process orients Tend to your farm's production space, so you can create Crop Plans that optimize your farm’s full capacity.
Tend Tip: There's no need to get bogged down creating a picture-perfect map of your farm. The goal is to generate precise Field and bed measurements, so accurate Field sizes and the correct number and lengths of your beds are all you need.
Set up your Sites.
A Site is a distinct address where you have land in production. Some growers only have one Site, but if you farm at several different addresses, you can set up a Site for each one for quick and easy navigation in Tend.
The first time you click on the Locations feature in Tend, you’ll first see a welcome message and then be asked if your farm has multiple Sites. If you initially select “No” you can always go back and add another Site later.
Next, you’ll be asked to enter an address for your farm to help you easily locate your Site on the map. If your farm Site doesn’t have a street address, we suggest you search for the nearest city and then select your farm's exact Location on the map. Once you’ve entered an address or city, click “Continue to Location Setup.”
In the next screen you’ll need to give your Site a name. Here you can also adjust the position of the Site pin on the map (see video below). To finish creating your Site click Save.
Learn more about creating and editing Sites in Tend here.
Add Fields and Orchards to your Site
To add a Field or Orchard to a Site:
Click on the blue “Add Location” button and select the type of Location you would like to add.
Select if the new Location is part of your current Site or a new one.
Mapping Fields at a Site
Tend's satellite mapping tool enables you to accurately define Field sizes and input precise bed numbers and lengths for fine-tuned production planning.
You can create two types of Fields in Tend:
- Input Fields are the best option for mapping rectangular Fields with uniform bed lengths.
You can edit individual bed lengths in input Fields to accommodate any variations.
- Drawn Fields are the best option for mapping Fields that are unconventionally shaped or that have variable bed lengths.
To edit a drawn Field's bed length, you must adjust the perimeter of the Field.
Tend Tip: Remember that the goal is to define your production space. If your Field shape or bed width is irregular, you can still create precise Crop Plans in Tend. For example, if you have curved beds, we recommend drawing straight beds that match the length of your curved bed. The key is to record the correct number of beds and their lengths.
If you organize your Fields into blocks of beds that are managed similarly, you can add your blocks while you map the Field, or add them later by editing the Field. Mapping your fields' blocks and beds will enable you to assign Plantings and Tasks directly to those specific Locations as you create your Crop Plan and manage your Task Calendar in Tend.
Mapping Orchards at a Site
Creating Orchards at a Site enables you to add tree and vine crops at that Location. You can then use Tend to manage Tasks and production information for your Orchard crops. Read more about creating Orchards in Tend here.
Dig in: For more information on defining your production space in Locations, check out these articles on Editing Fields and their Effect on Historical Data, How to Quickly Duplicate Input Fields, and How to Delete Fields Without Losing Plantings.