This program is separated in seven parts through the use of tabs
- The first tab contains operations related to the production of a crop on a field
- The second tab contains operations related to anything applied to a crop on a field (fertilization, spraying, etc)
- The third tab contains operations matching a specific crop to a specific field
- The fourth tab is about operations related to crop types
- The fifth tab is about operations related to farm fields
- The sixth tab is about operations related to application types
- The seventh tab is about the reports
In more detail:
The first six tabs share the same philosophy. At the upper part of the tab we find a drop-down menu through which we can select an action to execute. The available actions on these tabs are the following three.
- Insert a new record
- Edit a record
- Delete a record
In all cases you will use the record id's, in the appropriate textfield and then hit the retrieve button so that all details stored in the database for this record are retrieved. Change what ever you like and then hit the Go! button. You can find the ID of each record through the basic reports hosted in the report tab. The philosophy between the tabs is similar to each other. You insert a record and then use it to the next tab. For example: you need to insert a field, a crop type then bind them together to create a crop for a specific farm field, through their tabs. After that you can monitor the production or the applications of this specific crop on this specific field through the related tabs.
At the menu bar you can find some extra options about the manipulation of the internal database. The available options are:
- export the database (for backup reasons)
- restore the database from backup
- empty database
- execute sql (used for administrative purposes, and only when urged from this web site)
- shutdown the application
Everything is more or less self explanatory.
It is important to remember that all the fields in the various tabs are to be completed for a record to be successfully inserted in the database. If one of the fields is not filled the application will not record the other data in the database.
In this tab you will find many useful reports.
You will find the absolutely necessary reports for the application to operate, reports that will present all the data available for crop types,fields,application types, applications per field. The first column in all the reports is the id that you will need when you will try to edit or delete a record in the respective tab. The rest of the columns hold the details of the record type presented.
There is one exception in the above rule. As of the 03-10-2011 release and above, the first column of the production report will present a number of the form 4-13 instead of the traditional 13. This format is used in order to provide back tracking to a specific production. The first number will be the identification number a producer will receive if he becomes a member of a production group (in our example number 4 and by default 0) and the second number will be the unique identifier of a specific production from a specific farm field on a specific date. By exporting this report and using it, the user will be able to uniquely identify his production and provide production tracking by printing this number on the containers of his products. The producer ID number can be changed by editing the mycropconfigfile found in the application directory in the relative field named Producer ID.
You will also find reports that produce the total production of a specific crop type, the production of a crop for a specific field, the total applications on a field etc