Farm Dog allows you to record stand counts while you're out in your fields so that you can log and share your stand count estimates quickly and easily. By default, our Stand Count feature is enabled for any corn, wheat, or soybean field. It can be enabled for other crops in your account; just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you log a visit for a Stand Count-enabled field, you'll see the Stand Counts section at the top of your observation form. Tap on ADD STAND COUNT to add your first count.
Next you'll see your Stand Count summary.
Tap on + ADD STAND COUNT to add a new count to your visit.
For each stand count, start by tapping the location where the count is collected. Then tap ADD LOCATION at the bottom of the screen.
Next, you'll choose the method.
Farm Dog currently supports the Row method and Hula Hoop method for estimating the number of plants that are growing in your field. (Here are articles from Iowa State Extension and Wisconsin Extenstion that explain these methods in more detail.)
Choose your preferred method to continue. Note: you can use both methods during the same field visit if you'd like!
After you choose the method, verify that the sizing is correct. For the Row method, we'll tell you the distance of the row to measure as you increase or decrease the width of your planted rows for this field. For the Hula Hoop method, simply adjust the diameter and enter the number of plants that you count inside the hoop.
When you finish adding each stand count, your Stand Count Summary will update. If you need to remove a stand count, you can press on the three dots to the right of it and then press on the trash can. When you are done adding stand counts (or if you just want to check the population numbers), tap the back arrow to see your population estimates on your observation form:
If you have any additional questions about recording Stand Counts in your Farm Dog mobile application, contact us at email@example.com.