FieldPro allows easy field trial design, data entry and reporting. It is flexible and adaptable to the preferences of individual researchers, and results in data that is standardized and allows summary of trials from many individuals. FieldPro minimizes data entry time by storing and retrieving information that stays the same over many trials (information about soil, equipment), and by using selection lists with standardized codes for crops, weeds, pesticides, and other parameters.
FieldPro follows a protocol to trial system. A protocol is the template of an experiment, and contains objectives, treatment lists, statistical design, and other information that will be common even if the experiment is conducted at many locations. FieldPro is extremely flexible and allows many experimental designs, high numbers of treatments, replications, and subsamples. Protocols are distributed to locations where the experiment will be conducted.
A trial is created from a protocol, and contains the information gathered when the protocol is conducted at an individual location. Several trials may be generated from one protocol. An application describes the point in time when treatments were applied: the date, weather, pest and crop stages, etc. Evaluations are the data generated by the treatments, for example control ratings. An evaluation consists of two parts; the actual data, and a header which stores information about an evaluation; the date, what was evaluated, the symptom, etc. FieldPro generates many reports including spray sheets/labels, which calculate the amount of product to mix for the treatments; plot signs for tours; plot maps; and a wide range of summary reports.
A database holds protocols and trials in a folder or logical grouping. You might create a database to hold all protocols, trials, and weather information for each year. Someone doing a summary may create a database with trials from many years and many locations. Protocols and trials are easily distributed by exporting and importing them between FieldPro databases.
Dictionaries are used to make data entry easy, and to insure that FieldPro information is standardized. Each person using FieldPro in an organization uses the same dictionaries. They contain codes for pesticides, crops, pests, soil types, and many other parameters. When a protocol treatment list is being edited, the pesticide dictionary makes it easy to view pesticides by active ingredient or by product name. When trial reports produced by many researchers are summarized, they will all list velvetleaf as ABUTH, not ABUTH, ABUTH, or vleaf.
Dictionaries also allow FieldPro to translate units. One researcher might write a protocol with treatment rates expressed in kilograms per hectare while another researcher using/viewing that same data will see the rates converted to pounds per acre if that is his user default setting. However, the second researcher can print the treatment lists with the rates in their original units if he wishes.
Defaults are sets for standard information that are stored and retrieved as needed to speed up data entry. All of the information about a sprayer that will be used for several trials can be stored in a user default: number of nozzles, pressure, gallons per acre, etc. Rather than enter the sprayer information into all of the FieldPro trials individually, the user default for the sprayer is simply recalled into each trial by selecting the name given by the user to the sprayer setup. The same process can be done for evaluation headers, cooperator/farm sites, report setups, weather information, and many other items.
FieldPro has many powerful data handling features. Standard statistical designs are supported: randomized complete block, split block, Latin square, etc. Data averages, F test, ANOVA tables, LSD, standard deviation, and coefficient of variance are automatically calculated. Missing data can be tagged and handled statistically. Calculations can be performed on multiple columns of data. Data can be exported to Excel spreadsheets, ASCII text files, and ACPA EDE / Canadian ECW format. Data from hand held data recorders can be uploaded. Data can be imported from EDE files, from earlier versions of PDMP (Pesticide Data Management Program) and PRM formats by use of EDE files. Following are lists of FieldPro features in each area of the program.
Create, Edit, Copy, Delete, Output Protocols
Single and multiple batch reports
Print protocol master books
Estimation of chemical requirements for each or multiple locationsÒñ4nt>
Manpower/cost reports by territory, protocol, or project manager
Create trials from Protocol or another trial
Single and multi-trial reporting
Field project scheduling (planned application and evaluation)
All data validated and stored in standard units
Displayed units based on user preference
User definable site defaults (i.e., cooperator/address, soil info, etc.)
Calculation of estimated chemical needs
Unlimited length for comment fields
Full statistical support for various experimental designs
Ability to average subsample data
All raw data maintained
Full support of all multiple treatment types including pesticide
Weather data tracked by site rather than by each trial
Store preset trial randomizations which can be used for automated multi-boom sprayers, etc.
Ability to tag missing data, missing data calculation by statistical design
Automatic calculations of individual and average data, F test, ANOVA Tables, LSD, Standard deviation, Coefficient of Variance
Ability to drop an entire Rep, Block, or Treatment from a trial or from an individual evaluation header (with automatic statistical recalculation)
|Calculation methods available in FieldPro:
Abbott % Relative to controlAgronomic note (1-10) No Calc Schneider-OrelliEfficacy (Arcsine calculation) Sun-ShephardEfficacy (no calculation)Townsend-Heuberger plus AbbottHenderson-Tilton — Requires precountsUser Defined and Multi column calculations
|Experimental Designs Available Fully Supported by FieldPro:
Randomized Complete Block FactorialLatin Square Split PlotSplit Block Strip TestStrip Plot Completely Random
System support in Windows 95/98 and NT
Network / multi-user Option available
Reports may be output to screen, file, or printer
Data is in a format which may be exported to other formats (spreadsheet, text, EDE/ECW)
Multiple levels of access security for databases, protocols and trials
Active data dictionary — for ease of program maintenance and documentation with Pop-up validation
Data stored in a standardized format
International date formats supported with century included
Utilities for metric conversions, calibration, Julian date, International date formats, etc.
Support for hand held data entry using FPDirect
Support for on-site weather stations or input data from other weather sources
Full text editors capabilities in all comment areas including word wrap, cut/paste, merge, and spell checking
Validation on all fields at entry with data dictionary
Built-in database management with full data security, ability to archive at the trial, protocol or database level
Full color manual and online help
Over 27,000 Genus and species of plants, insects and diseases conforming to industry and international standards, Pest Stage Codes based on international BBCH/Zedok standard
Pesticide formulation dictionary with common and trade names for approximately 3000 registered products including pre-mixtures
Country and States down to county level in the United States
Application method and equipment codes based on Agricultural Crop Protection Association Standards
Evaluation method codes based on ACPA, Standardized Agricultural Research Territory Standard
Automatic comprehensive unit dictionaries with automatic conversion facility
User Definable Defaults
Each user can select his/her own system defaults. This allows data/information to be recorded in one user’s preferred standard units and displayed or reported in another user’s familiar units.
The user can also input commonly-used information that can be recalled as needed. Examples are:
Notes, comments, letters
Sprayer setups and codes, Calibration Validation: Stores sprayer setups; stores past calibrations; validates speed flow and vol./area; print GLP calibration certification
Cooperator and site information
Default codes by grouping, as well as previously mentioned units of measurement