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Mapping crops on a spreadsheet

publication date: Feb 1, 2010
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mapping page 1One of the most powerful and versatile tools on many farms is the computer spreadsheet. A basic spreadsheet application like the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel can function as a calculator, database, analytical tool, planning tool, and even as a very editable piece of graph paper for making maps in time and space. I’ve been using these spreadsheet maps for a decade in planning complex crop placements within fields, working out crop rotations, passing on instructions to field crews, keeping dense and compact crop records, and as a cheat sheet in creating weekly and daily to-do lists during the season.

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