Crops/pasture summary section
The crops/pasture green section at the top of the screen shows all pasture types and crops that are on the farm.
Pasture - For pasture blocks if there are multiple pasture blocks that have the same pasture type, the total hectares of that pasture type is shown.
Crops - For crop blocks only crops that are sown in the reporting year is shown in this section. Crops that were sown in the previous year but were harvested in the reporting year will not be counted in this figure. If the same crop is sown twice within the same reporting year on the same block, the area in hectares sown will be counted twice. For example if a block was 10 hectares and a crop was sown twice in the reporting year the hectares (sown) would be 20 hectares. Crops sown within both crop blocks and fodder crop rotations will be displayed in this section.
The pasture growth, pasture intake and pasture utilisation for each block that has pasture on it will be shown on this screen if the analysis has results. If the analysis has any outstanding errors to resolve these values for will not be displayed. These values will be shown for fruit blocks that have sward management. These values will be shown for crop blocks that have animals grazing on pasture.
The amount of supplements removed from a block (pasture or crop) will be shown on each block that has supplements removed and if the analysis has results.
To begin entering pasture data for the block either click on the error link "+ Enter pasture details" at the top of the screen or click the "+ Enter pasture details" that will be against each block that requires pasture.
The blocks pasture type and the primary use of the land is required to be specified here. A "Pastoral" block is defined by a a block that grazes animals at any time of the year. A "Cut and carry" block is defined as having no animals grazing on it throughout the year and it produces supplements.
If multiple blocks have the same pasture characteristics you can select multiple blocks when adding pasture. However if editing a blocks pasture you will only be editing that blocks pasture, if you want to edit a number of blocks pasture you will need to select the blocks again.
The pasture type affects both energy (metabolisable energy) and the nitrogen concentration, which will impact on nutrient losses. It is recommended that you choose the dominant pasture type in the block.
Not all pasture swards or mixes are available in OverseerFM. If your pasture sward is grazed and is not represented in the pasture type drop-down menu enter ryegrass/white clover.
Crop details on a block will be required to be entered on this screen if a block with the type of "Crop" is set up in the block screen.
To begin entering crop data for the block either click on the error link "+ Enter crop details" at the top of the screen or click the "+ Enter crop details" that will be against each block that requires crop information.
If the "+ Enter crop details" link at the top of the screen is selected the first block that requires crop information to be entered will be opened.
Only one blocks crop information can be entered at once. There is the ability to copy crop data if each crop block has the same "Crop rotation final month".
Fruit details on a block will be required to be entered on this screen if a block with the type of "Fruit" is set up in the block screen.
To begin entering fruit data for the block either click on the error link "+ Enter fruit details" at the top of the screen or click the "+ Enter fruit details" that will be against each block that requires fruit information.
If the "+ Enter fruit details" link at the top of the screen is selected the first block that requires fruit information to be entered will be opened.
Fodder crop rotations
Fodder crop rotations can be created from this screen by selecting the "Add fodder crop" button at the top of the screen.
Once created, all fodder crop rotations will appear in a green section at the top of this screen. They can be edited and deleted from here - not the block screen.
Use the fodder crop block type when fodder or forage crops rotate through selected pastoral blocks and are resown back into permanent pasture within 12 months. Only up to 25% of the area of pastoral blocks through which fodder crop blocks rotate can be cropped. If your fodder crop doesn’t match this, enter as a crop block.
Fodder blocks are blocks on which crops are grown specifically as a supplementary feed for livestock. The fodder crop area is an area of the farm's pasture that is cultivated, sown with a fodder crop and then re-sown back to pasture all within the space of 12 months. A pasture fallow area is an area of pasture that is shut up for 6-12 months.