Once the Farm Field Tree hierarchy is complete, field boundaries must be assigned to each field in the tree. There are four different options to map in the fields: Manually draw the fields in, importing the Common Land Unit (CLU) boundaries, import individual shapefiles from another program, or mass import the fields within one shapefile from another program.
Boundaries are managed on the Land page within the Map Tab.
Option 1. Drawing Fields
Click on a Field in the tree and zoom in on the map until the Field is in view, then click the black pencil tool.
Click once on the corner of the Field to activate the drawing tool. Move the mouse around the edges of the boundary, continuously clicking to add editable points until the red polygon has covered the entire field. Double click on the final boundary point to end the draw tool and click the Save button. The boundary will turn orange after saving.
We also have a tutorial video over manually drawing field boundaries which is displayed below.
Option 2. Import CLU Boundaries
Another mapping option is to import boundaries via the Common Land Unit (CLU) boundary import tool. To utilize the CLU boundary import tool, select the field from the list for which you are importing the boundary. Then, navigate to the mapping tools button located in the top right of the screen. Click on Import CLU Boundary. Wait until the field maps show up in red. To select the field boundary, simply click inside of the boundary. The field will display orange when it is selected, and the user can then close the CLU layer. If the field boundary is not consistent with the way you farm the field, you are able to assign more than one boundary to a field by simultaneously clicking in the other boundaries.
We also have a tutorial video reviewing how to import the available CLU boundaries which is listed below.
Option 3. Import Individual Shapefiles
If you have boundaries in another farm management software, you may export them as shapefiles to be imported into Land.db. This will allow you to bypass manually drawing the fields in by hand or using the Import CLU boundary tool. You must create the Farm Field Tree names and have the boundaries exported as shapefiles from your other system. For assistance with either of these steps, contact Syngenta Digital Support.
Choose the field name from the Farm Field Tree for which you wish to import a shape. To import individual shapefiles that have previously been saved, navigate to Tools and click Import Shape.
A file explorer will open and you may navigate to the location of the shapefile. Select the shapefile and click Open. The boundary will then appear on the map in yellow. Click once within the yellow boundary to select it and it will turn red. Click Save to complete the import. Repeat these steps for every field in the Farm Field Tree until all fields have a shapefile assigned.
We also have a tutorial video covering how to import a shapefile to a field, which is listed below.
Option 4. Mass Import Shape
If multiple fields are included in a single shapefile, the Mass Import Shape tool can be used. Be sure to have the fields created in the Farm Field Tree prior to import. The Mass Import Shape tool can be found in the Map Tools section of Land.db as shown to the right.
After clicking Mass Import Shape, select the shapefile that contains the field boundaries
that you would like to import and choose Open.
After selecting Open, the available fields will appear outlined in red on the map. Select a field in the Farm Field Tree and then click once inside a red boundary to associate it with that field. Once selected, the field will turn yellow. Additional boundaries can be associated to the same field if needed. Repeat this process by selecting additional fields and boundaries. Choose Close Shapefile from the Import Tools box when complete.
Option 5. Drawing Pivots and Dry Corners
Land.db also has tools to identify any pivots and/or dry corners in your farm operation. Click here to view an article that covers this topic.
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