Production trackers on Figured are used to keep on top of all the various forms of production on your farm - whether you're a sheep and beef farmer, a dairy farmer, a potato farmer, or something in between.
For cropping you would have a cropping tracker that contains each unique crop type that you grow / harvest / sell.
Your cropping tracker is where you will record all costs associated with growing, selling, or harvesting your crops along with any information related to your crops too (such as types of crops grown, amount sold, and so on).
Using a cropping tracker
The cropping trackers in Figured are setup so that within each season (or budget year) you will setup a crop type (such as Wheat - Irrigated) and that account needs a unique sales account. Along with that, you'll need some direct cost accounts which you can use to track and record direct costs incurred with your crops.
How the cropping tracker works with actuals, budgets, and forecasts
You enter actual, budgeted, and forecasted cropping harvests, income (sales), and costs into trackers.
An example of how you would use your cropping tracker in these three views is below:
- You grow, harvest, and sell Wheat on your farm - so you have setup your cropping tracker to have a Wheat crop type
- You would enter a budgeted Wheat harvested of 100 tonnes you're anticipating you'll harvest in September
- As the time draws closer, you’ve had a hard winter and the wheat hasn't grown as well as you thought. So you update this production in your forecasts with a lower number - 85 tonnes
- September rolls around and you then harvest the Wheat, you chop it all down and you record your actual harvest of 86.75 tonnes
The production tracker then passes this information to other parts of Figured like your planning tab, and your reports.