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Find layers you didn't even know were there with the Missing Boundaries tool

Find layers you didn't even know were there with the Missing Boundaries tool

Field boundaries are the backbone of any Farm Management Software (FMS) platform. Spatially, from any FMS, all of your seasonal activities are pulled from your in-field machinery in one way or another and assigned against the field boundaries set up in your software.

Well, that’s how it is supposed to work. The idea of tractors, sprayers or harvesters working perfectly inside the borders of a field doesn’t reflect the true goings-on of your farming activities. It’s also quite common to use your machinery in areas that aren’t assigned any field boundaries at all, to prevent outside contamination from weeds and disease or to prepare land purposed for other tasks other than growing. Without these activities logged adequately, fuel usage, input costs and labor costs are not being recorded or factored into your seasonal outcomes.

This is where AgDNA’s Missing Layers tool comes in handy – The Missing Layers tool, accessible via the triangle icon on the left hand side of your MyFarm map screen, is a repository of activity layers that haven’t been assigned to a field in AgDNA.

The number in red listed below the Missing Layers icon represents the number of operations that have either been synced automatically or manually uploaded that don’t have fields associated with them in your AgDNA account.

To view these missing layers, select the Missing Layers icon. This will bring up a search tool that allows you to filter the operations you wish to display. Once you have selected your chosen layer types, select the green Load Layers button.

Using the Layers tab, you can now navigate through your layers and select them to view them on your MyFarm map or to obtain more information.

Creating new fields from missing layers

If there are numerous operations in a location that you wish to draw a new field boundary for, you can create a new field using the blue Draw Field button located on the bottom of the Layers window.

Once you select the button, a new Field Record window will appear and you’ll be given the opportunity to draw a new field boundary. Once you’ve drawn a new field, select the green Create Field button on the window provided.

Upon creating a new field, all of your operations that have taken place within the new field boundary will automatically be synced against your new field and available for viewing via the Layers tab.

Please note: It may take up to an hour for the operations to sync and save against your new field.

Snapping missing layers to existing fields

Sometimes a field record that is brought into your online account via an RCD, CN1, ZIP or other third party upload, may not have a physical boundary assigned to it. For fields that exist in name only, especially if you have lots of them, it can be time consuming to set them up manually. As an alternative to the draw method above, you can snap the boundaries of your existing missing layers to an existing field (or a new field) without having to manually draw the boundary by hand.

To begin snapping missing layers to your existing field records:

  • Select the Missing Layers tab, located on the far LHS of your MyFarm map screen
  • Select a layer that you wish to use as your boundary for your new field
  • Select the blue Draw Field button on the bottom of the Layers menu
  • Once the Draw Field popup has loaded, select the Update Field button
  • This loads a menu that allows you to select a field from your existing field records. Once you've selected a field, select the green Update button

This will automatically load your missing layer's boundary shape and update your existing field's border to the new shape.

It is through innovations like our Missing Boundaries tool that you can you’ll be able to begin maximizing your farm’s efficiency to its fullest extent. If you have any questions regarding boundaries, securing a free demonstration or upgrading your PRO account to a PRECISION account, contact your local authorized AgDNA dealer partner now.