Micro-plots Monitoring: Guide

How to request micro-plot analyses

Creating micro-plot annotations

After uploading a map of your field trial and getting the notification that the map is positioned well, you are ready to start working on micro-plots. There are three ways to create micro-plots all three options are accessible through the Area tool in the left navigation bar  area-tool-farming

  1. Draw micro-plots manually with Draw polygon 
  2. Generate micro-plots automatically with the Draw micro-plot tool
  3. Import micro-plots via the SHP/KML file 

Creating micro-plots manually

If you would like to create micro-plots manually, you can do so with the Draw polygon option. Simply drag the left-mouse button in the directions where you want to draw a polygon and double-click to confirm it.

In the Polygon dialog, check the box Create micro-plot to activate the next tab called Microplot Data

Only Microplot ID is a mandatory field and you can enter all types of characters there. Upon submitting the micro-plot details the micro-plot annotation will be shown on the map. 

Generating micro-plots

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When working with dozens of micro-plots, generating them would be quicker than drawing them manually. The draw micro-plots option will open the right sidebar where you simply need to change the width and the length of plots as well as the width and the length of gaps between the plots. Furthermore, you can change the number of rows and columns or keep the default values. 

There are two ways to rotate the plots, either with the Rotation drop-down option in the right sidebar or by clicking on the micro-plots which activates the green rotate button as shown on the image above. 

You will probably need to move the plots in one direction or another and that is possible if you click anywhere in the micro-plots area and then on the move button, as shown in the image above.

The next step would be to choose the corner from where the plots will be counted and the way how they will be marked (row first, column first, snake). When you submit the changes the micro-plots will be generated on the map.

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Uploading an SHP/KML file

If you have an SHP or KML file that contains micro-plots, you can skip drawing micro-plots and import the micro-plot annotations from your computer or cloud. That is the quickest way to start working with micro-plots and move on to the next steps. 

Editing micro-plots

Selecting and deleting micro-plots

If you wish to remove, move, copy or edit one specific number of micro-plots but not all of them, you can hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard and with the left mouse button select the plots that you want to manipulate. This option is useful especially if you want to select micro-plots that are not next to each other. 

Another way to select several micro-plots is with the Multiple Selection toolicon-farming-tool

which works the same way as drawing annotations. But, in that case, you can select only micro-plots that are next to each other. 

The quickest way to select all micro-plot annotations is with the right-click mouse button and in the same way, you can access the option to remove annotations. Similar to selection options, you can delete one plot, all plots, or specific plots that you have selected.

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Changing the data or size of micro-plots

Each plot can be edited manually in the app or a CSV file. The right-mouse button on the specific plot shows the option to Edit Annotation

Working with dozens of hundreds of micro-plots can be tricky as you need to fill in the data for each plot. Instead of editing each plot in the app, you can export the micro-plots in a CSV file and then make edits there. If you have previously selected a certain number of micro-plots, only the data of the selected plots will be exported to CSV. When you have entered all the changes, you can import the CSV file back to the app and the changed data will be visible in the app. 

In addition to micro-plot data, you can also edit the size of a plot. That is possible in two ways: either by drawing the arrows (the corners) of the selected plot or by holding the CTRL key and moving the arrow. 

Copying micro-plots 

All created micro-plot annotations can be copied and pasted to the location where you set the cursor. You can copy one, more, or all annotations, depending on the number of annotations you have selected. The right-mouse click shows the options to copy and paste annotations. 

Requesting micro-plot analyses

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R&D Micro-Plots Monitoring offers a wide range of micro-plot analyses and all work in the same way. After uploading the map and generating micro-plot annotations, you just need to select the annotations you wish to analyze and choose the type of analysis. Similar to other options, you can select one plot, multiple plots, or all of them and analyze the number and condition of plants.

Upon choosing the type of analysis, you will need to enter all the details in the opened dialog such as crop type, growing stage, variety, and analysis name (see the image above). For certain analyses, different type of data is required. If your micro-plots already contain some data, you can tick the box to use that data and automatically fill in that dialogue. Finally, you can choose to apply the entered information to all plots or only to the plots that are missing some data. 

Analyzing results 

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When the results of the analysis are ready, you will be notified by email as well as in the Stats bar

on the right lower corner of the screen. Once you open the report, you will see the map with the results and the results for each selected plot will be visible in the right sidebar. 

Compare results button opens the Map Comparison tool which can compare the results of two analyses from the same map or the results of the same analyses from two different maps in one field. Simply by pulling the vertical line to the left or the right you will see the results of two different analyses. For example, you can run the Micro-Plot Stand Count analysis at one specific growing stage and then rerun the same analysis in the same place at a different time, then compare the results.

To better view the map, you can turn off the micro-plot ID and micro-plot annotations from the Layers menu

The analysis results can be easily shared externally or exported to your computer as a ZIP folder which contains the CSV report and the SHP file. 

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