GETTING STARTED GUIDE
Setting up your farm and fields
As a new user you have a pre-defined Default farm, with a Default 1 acre or 1 hectare field.
You can create your own farms and fields.
Click here to learn how to create your farm and fields.
Designing fertilizer programs for your fields and crops
From the tiles in the Start Menu, hover over the ‘Design Fertilizer Schedule’ tile.
The ‘General Settings Screen’ opens.
From the 'General Settings' screen you will define the field for which you would like to design the fertilizer recommendation, planting date, whether you have soil/water or tissue tests available and the fertilizer application method.
Click here to learn more about the 'General Settings' screen.
Select your crop
Here you will select your crop and target yield. The nutrient uptake rates for the selected field area will appear in the table below.
Click here to learn more about the crop selection screen.
Using your soil test results
The Soil Test module allows you to interpret your soil test results.
SMART!’s algorithm will analyze the results and will consider them for the fertilizer recommendations.
- If you already saved your soil tests using the ‘Soil Test Interpretation’ module, click the ‘Add Test’ button and select the soil test you saved.
- If not, you can enter the soil test results directly in this screen.
Click here to learn how to enter your soil test results.
Using ‘Base Dressing’ (Pre-Plant) Fertilization
SMART! allows you to plan the pre-plant fertilization, based on your field conditions.
This option will be available to you once you select 'Yes' under Base Dressing in the General Settings screen.
Click here to learn more on how to design your Base-dressing application.
Using your water test results
- For irrigated crops it is recommended to enter the source (raw) water analysis.
- The source water may contain elements that affect the fertilizer schedule.
- If you already saved water test results in the system, you can load a test by clicking the ‘Load Water Test’
button and continue to section 6.
- If not, enter your water test results directly in this screen.
NOTE: For soil grown crops, in order for the SMART! to consider the water analysis in the fertilizer recommendation, you should enter the expected irrigation amounts.
Click here to learn how to enter your water test results.
Using your plant tissue test results
SMART! allows you to interpret your crops tissue test results and use the interpretation for the fertilizer recommendation.
- If you already saved tissue test results in the system, you can load a test by clicking the ‘Load Tissue Test’
- If not, you can enter the results directly in this screen.
Click here to learn how to enter tissue test results.
The nutrient recommendations (Adjusted Values)
This screen appears when any of the following was used: Base dressing, adding soil test results, adding water test results and/or adding tissue test results.
The screen shows the adjusted values for the nutrient recommendations, based on the previously entered parameters (e.g. soil test results). There is no action to take on this screen.
Click here to learn more about this screen.
Obtaining the Fertilizer Recommendations
In this step you will select the fertilizers you have available in your stock or market and obtain the fertilizer recommendation.
The required fertilizers and their application rates are presented in the fertilizer schedule, for each of the growth stages of the crop. You can view the recommendation per Stage, Day or Week.
If you introduced fertilizer prices, the fertilizer cost for each stage will be presented.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to check the Current Application vs. Requirement table. This shows the fulfilled requirement for each of the nutrients and depends mostly on the fertilizers you selected.
Click here to learn more about the fertilizer recommendations screen.
Once you have your fertilizer schedule, you can now proceed to Fertigation.
The fertigation program includes distributing the fertilizers into stock tanks, defining the amounts of the fertilizers in the tanks and determining the injection ratio from each tank.
You can use either quantitative or proportional fertigation.
Click here to learn more about designing a fertigation recipe.
The feature also enables you to keep track of the EC and pH in the different irrigation valves or sections, and see their trends on a graph.
For each time you take EC and pH readings in the field, you can create the monitoring report in SMART!
Click here to learn more about using the EC/pH records.