Record keeping calendar system

  • February 16, 2024 at 4:39 pm #1856
    Josh Klatt

    Has anyone found a digital calendar/product for farm record keeping that let’s you stack/compare multiple years at same time ? For example, you want to know what day a certain variety blooms every year, or when something got harvested, weather events, or when the propane tanks got filled, etc. etc. Everything being cyclical, it’d be useful for so many things, way beyond the orchard. What systems are you using to keep track of stuff ?

    March 5, 2024 at 5:19 pm #1870
    Craig Bickle

    I use a calendar notebook: “Elite Series (year) Planner Weekly”. It has the drawback that the days of the week on which a particular task was done (e.g. Feb 28 “Pruned Upper Orchard”), don’t correspond with the date. But it’s a small annoyance to have to keep in mind 2/28 was on a Tuesday this year when last it was on a Friday.

    But I only started it in 2021. After about a decade, the space for recording tasks will start to run out and I’ll have to buy another paper notebook!

    March 21, 2024 at 4:01 pm #1889
    Josh Willis

    I’ve used a spreadsheet (insert your brand of choice, I like Google Drive for its simplicity) for years to track soil test results, amendments, spray planning, etc. I’ve just started to record actual sprays (i.e., different than what was planned, of course!), and it is easy to put in bloom dates, weather, etc. It takes a bit of work to set up, but it is customizable to track whatever you want to track.

    There used to be a page on the forums that gave an example of what Michael used as a consultant to help orchardists track sprays and weather. If you could find that example, you could use that as a starting basis for designing your own system.

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