How to get the most out of fieldmargin

How to get the most out of fieldmargin

Welcome to fieldmargin – your farm in your pocket. Learn how to ge the most out of fieldmargin with these 8 steps. Click on the highlighted text to see details about how to complete each step.

1. Set up your devices

You can use both the mobile and web apps. Your data is saved to the cloud. The mobile is best on the go but the web app use best for set up.

2. Set up your farm 

The next step is creating a farm. This is where all your information about the farm will live. You can create as many farms as you wish.

  1. Name your farm and set your farm location.
  2. Map out your fields. Draw your fields using the instructions here. If you have your fields set up already as boundary files, in MyJohnDeere or with Natural England you can import them by clicking on the ‘Import’.
  3. Set your field uses. The field use is a way of recording what is going on in each field, for example crops or livestock. The uses have a set colour. Find our how here.
  4. Add permanent farm features. These can be set as buildings, gateways, fences and waterways to your map. They can be points, lines or areas.

Top Tip – Set up mobile offline areas to save your data and access your farm with no signal. Learn more here.

3. Invite your team to join

fieldmargin is most powerful when everyone on your farm can see what is going on and contribute. Once a person is invited to your farm they can see the farm map, record information and chat about what’s happening. 

  1. Share Tasks tagging team members in key notes they will receive a notification.
  2. Use farm chat to discuss farm issues.
  3. Use team radar to share your location with your farm and see where your team is on the map,

4. Set Tasks

Add farm tasks to plan what needs doing on your farm and record when it is done. You can assign tasks to team members, set deadlines, add details via photographs and view work lists. Learn more here.

  1. Set a work task for example – mend fence.
  2. Save it to a location on the map by placing a pin, drawing a line or mapping out an area.
  3. Attach the task to a field to automatically build up a field history.
  4. Set a deadline date and you will receive a reminder.
  5. Tag a team mate and they will receive a notification.
  6. Comment on tasks to make details clear. You can add photographs, text and files.
  7. Complete the work and set the task as complete!

You can view upcoming tasks on the activity list on web and in mobile. These are ordered by due date. You can set filters to see task by field or by team member.

5. Share farm observations

  1. Write a Note attached to a location e.g. black grass here.
  2. Comment on the note as a team so every is in the loop.
  3. Attach a photograph to a note to share more information. find out how here.

Top tip – You can draw task and notes areas by walking around them. Find out how here.

6. Upload and store your maps

Map Uploader allows you to take existing maps that you have of your farm and digitise them so that they can easily be referred to alongside your other farming records and stored safely

fieldmargin’s integration with Drone Deploy lets you plan drone flights using your existing field boundaries and to view the resulting maps.

7. Record farm data

Measure what matters: data monitoring sites are designed to be customised, set them up to record the data that is important for your farm. Farmers have been using data to store: rainfall, yield count, grass readings, butterfly counts, soil data, and mosquito counts.

  1. Set up monitoring sites to keep a log of measurements you take on your farm located on your farm map. 
  2. Record information on the go on your mobile. when you add a data reading into fieldmargin it saves the date, time and location.
  3. Analyse data with graphs to visualise patterns in your data over time with easy-to produce graphs.

Farmers have been using data to store: rainfall, yield count, grass readings, butterfly counts, egg counts, mosquito counts and much more.

8. Upgrade to fieldmargin Pro

Satellite imagery analysis makes it easy to see variation in vegetation so you can focus your time in the field on the areas that need it most. Field Health is available as part of our Pro plan. Try it today on your farm with a free 14 day trial.

Thank you for reading our one page guide to fieldmargin! We are here to help. If you have any questions or feedback then email support@fieldmargin.com or call us on +44 203 289 4200. 

12 ways that our farmers are using fieldmargin:

  1. Health and Safety mapping
  2. Environmental schemes
  3. Saving field spray details and dates
  4. Monitoring animal numbers and health
  5. Monitoring maintenance day-day
  6. Sharing information with an agronomist or farm advisor
  7. Managing farms remotely
  8. Monitoring wildlife
  9. Tracking rainfall
  10. Sharing maps with contractors
  11. Updating drainage and fencing
  12. Scientific research

Start using fieldmargin today

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