The latest version of Field Track has implemented a far better way for Main Income to calculate your income when you have a shed full of grain and no direct way to allocate this to a field.
By default Main Income is based on the field’s area, as a field area will exist. You can change this in your “Configuration” settings to “Yield Based”. “Yield Based” will mean the field’s income will vary depending on your yield records. “Area Based” will give all fields the same income/area.
The Main Income mathematics is very simple though can take a little time to fully grasp and understand. Your Main Income list is NOT field specific like all other data screens and will always display sales as per the “Sales Crop” type. For example, regardless of the field you are looking at, the Main Income list will always show your sales of “Feed Wheat” if that is what you have that field set to. This list is for all the sales and are not specific to that field. So for example you have selected your first field, we’ll call it “My Best Field”, and you look at your Main Income. In here it is currently blank. If you select “Feed Wheat” from the drop down then we have told Field Track this field is classed as Feed Wheat when we sell it. Now we can add each load, or contract of feed wheat in this list with tonnage and price. Again this list is not field specific, so we will see all the feed wheat sales in this list regardless of which field we are looking at assuming each field is classed as feed wheat. Field Track will use either area, or yield to deduce how much of these sales is attributed to the current field.
Main Income works on the principle that you have, for example, 1000 tonnes of wheat in the shed and several wheat fields. As you sell this wheat you can allocate income to all your fields marked with a “Sales Crop” type relative to the wheat in the shed. E.g. “Feed Wheat”.
Field Track takes the total income of your sales, e.g., £36,000. It then either takes the total area, or total yield for the fields with a matching “Sales Crop” type. For each field it deduces what percentage the field is of the total area, or yield and then allocates that percentage of the total sale value to that field. For example, if field X’s yield is 10% of the total yield for “Feed Wheat” then field X gets 10% of the total sale value (10% of £36,000).
The result means that your incomes will always balance regardless of any incorrect yield entries. Your field yields do not need to be accurate at all, as Field Track will correctly balance out the figures. Because yield does not exist for any field, Field Track’s default settings assume an area base for the calculation which will never account for yield variations. When it comes to yield figures then as long as your figures give a fair presentation of what you think the variation was Field Track will do the same giving a 4t/ac field more of the income than a 2t/ac field, etc. An area based calculation will give both 20 acre fields the same slice of the income.
The Secondary and Misc Income system is specific to the field. If you only have one field of beans then the income is as quick to enter as Secondary, as you know the income and the field.