Once your account is set up, the next step is to map your fields in the Web App Locations Feature. Creating and editing fields with Tend’s satellite mapping tool defines your production space in Tend, so you can create accurate Crop Plans that optimize your farm’s full capacity.
Tend Tip: Don’t get bogged down creating a picture-perfect map of your farm. The goal of this step is to generate precise field and bed measurements. Accurate field sizes and the correct number and lengths of your beds are all you need to start Crop Planning in Tend.
Getting started in Locations
Locations in Tend are organized into sites where you can map your orchards and fields. Fields can be further organized into blocks and beds.
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.
Dig in: Learn more about creating and editing sites in Tend here.
Map and organize your fields and orchards.
Next, create your fields at each site with Tend’s satellite mapping tool. Accurately defining field sizes enables you to input precise bed numbers and bed 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.
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.
Working in Locations
You can access Locations in both the Web & Mobile Apps.
Select a field to view the Fields Detail Screen, where you can assign plantings to blocks or beds, view and manage Tasks associated with a field’s plantings, record Notes, and view the field history for information to guide crop rotation and other management decisions.
The Mobile App Locations Feature is your tool for quickly updating, editing, and assigning plantings to fields and beds on the go. You can also use Locations in Mobile as a pocket reference for past and planned field assignments as you make on-the-spot planting decisions.