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Creating a new Field Manager PRO data file

Field Manager PRO Desktop is designed to mimic the structure of a farm. It allows you to set up multiple fields, parcels, inputs, equipment and contacts, and record all necessary operations and observations in a single data file.

You only need one farm data file to hold all the set-up information for a single farm. You can continue to add to this data and don’t need to create a new farm data file for each year.

To create a new Field Manager PRO data file:

  1. Click Create New Data File or select New from the File menu.
  2. Enter a name for the farm record in the File name field.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Specify the crop year that you want to enter records for and click OK.Note: You should start with the current year as you can always enter records for past years later on.  
  5. The Field Manager PRO Setup Wizard will open. It will guide you in creating your crop record keeping system. Note: If you need to leave the Setup Wizard, select Save & Resume Later. It will resume when you reopen your data file.
  6. Enter the name of your farm. Note: If you’re an organic grower, select the I am an organic growercheck box.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select your crop categories and click Next.
  9. Select your crops from the list. If your crop isn’t on the list, you can add it later through the Setup menu. You can also enter your seed varieties for each crop by clicking the Enter Varieties link beside the selected crops. Click Next.
  10. Choose how to track your crop inventory by selecting I want to track my inventory by the seed variety or I want to track my crop inventory ignoring variety. If you haven’t entered your crop varieties, the first option will be unavailable. Click Next.
  11. Click the applicable tabs to select the herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and seed treatments used on your farm. If your pesticide isn’t on the list, you can add it later through the Setup menu. ClickNext.
  12. Enter your land set-up defaults by labelling your pieces of land under My pieces of land are called. If you don’t find what you need in the drop-down menu, you can type in the name of the label. Select your default land unit from the drop-down menu.
  13. Enter the name of your fields and the Total area. 
  14. To add new field, click the  icon. 
      Note: After you’ve completed the set-up through the Setup Wizard, you’ll be able to build your land tree. Select Setup>Quarters. To change the label of the largest piece of land, select Setup>Preferences>Land Setup. Once your largest pieces of land are set up, you’ll be able to allocate your smallest pieces of land through Setup>Fields
  15. If you are a Field Manager PRO 360 user, click on define boundary. Once it is defined, you will be able to Trace Field Boundaries. Click OK.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Select whether to show or hide Equipment and Labour features and click Next.
  18. Select whether to show or hide Image and the Environmental Farm Plan features and click Next.
  19. Select whether to show or hide Show Other Income/Expense and Show Observations features and click Next.
  20. Select whether to show or hide Environmental Details and Inventory Storage and click Next.
  21. Select whether to show or hide File Links and Inventory Lot numbers and click Next.
  22. Select whether to show or hide operations on the Enter an operation screen and click Next.
  23. Click the Setup a list of storage locations for inventory link. The Storage Locations dialogue box will open.
  24. Select New  from the toolbar.
  25. You can also configure your equipmentfertilizer and other input lists from the Setup Wizard or later on through the Setup menu. You can change your system preferences by clicking theCustomize preferences for your operation link or by selecting Software Preferences from theSetup menu after you’ve completed the Setup Wizard.
  26. Select Finish when you’ve completed the Setup Wizard. The Crop Records window will open.  

Last updated on August 25, 2014 by FCC AgExpert