What are Growth Cycles?
Growth Cycles are our new crop management system at Agrilyst! They let you visually plan the tasks and stages of your batches. Drag and drop actions into a sequence that describes how your crop will move through your facility, from start to harvest, giving you a lot of control over each step of the process.
So let’s take a look at how to use them! First you’ll have to get to the main Growth Cycle screen by clicking on “Crops” from the main navigation bar and then choosing “Growth Cycles”.
Creating a Growth Cycle
Click on the “Add a Growth Cycle” button in the top right corner.
Set your crop and variety by choosing a crop from the dropdown list and then entering a crop variety in the textbox and click “Save” to continue.
You can name your Growth Cycle by entering a name in the text box in the upper left corner. It will say “New Cycle” by default, but you can replace that title with whatever you like. You can also change the crop and variety of your Growth Cycle while you’re editing it by clicking the pencil icon next to the Crop name near the top of the page.
Create your Growth Cycle by dragging and dropping actions from the sidebar into the timeline. Here are some tips for putting your Cycle together:
The Different Types of Actions
- Your Cycle will pre-populate with a Start action to start. By clicking on the Start action, you can change the quantity, seeding unit, zone and sub zone that your crop will start out with.
- Wait actions represent how long your crop will sit in a zone before the next action should be performed. Clicking on a Wait action will let you edit the duration. You should put Wait actions in between each of your other actions to space them out, otherwise it will assume your actions should happen instantly, one right after the other.
- Move actions represent moving a crop from one zone to another. Clicking on a Move action will let you edit the zone that the crop will be moved to. You can also change the quantity and seeing unit during the move, but this is optional.
- Task actions represent manual tasks that need to be done to your crops, such as “Clean Drain” or “Trim Leaves”. Clicking on a Task action will let you edit the content of the task. The content you put here determines how the task will show up in your task list later.
- Harvest actions represent harvesting your crops, of course! Clicking on a Harvest action will let you designate if it’s a Complete or a Partial harvest. Complete harvests will complete your crop batch so you can only have one and it should be the last action of your Cycle, but feel free to have as many Partial harvests as you want, spaced out in whatever way works best for you.
- Discard actions represent clearing out the remainder of your crop. Use this action if you partially harvest multiple times and then you want to get rid of the rest, or if you need to track clearing out perennial crops. Similar to Complete harvests, Discard actions will complete your crop batch and should be the last action of your Cycle.
If you put an action in your timeline and then decide you don’t want it, no problem! Just drag it to the trashcan in the bottom left corner to delete it.
You can also set certain actions to repeat at certain intervals. When you create a Task action or a Partial Harvest action, click the circular arrows to the right if you want it to repeat multiple times. This will let you set either a Daily repeat, which will occur every certain number of days, or a Weekly repeat, which will occur on certain days of the week at certain week intervals.
Also, both repeat types let you specify how long you’d like to repeat for. You can let it continue indefinitely. You can specify a number of times you’d like it to repeat by setting the number of Iterations. Or you could specify how long you’d like it to repeat in Days.
For instance, you could create repeating partial harvest for your tomato crop and set it to repeat every 4 days for the next 30 days. Or you could create a “Drain and Clean the Ponds” manual task and set it to repeat on Monday, every 2 weeks, 4 iterations total (which would then run for 8 weeks).
Once you’re happy with how your Growth Cycle looks, click “Save and Finish”
Editing a Growth Cycle
Editing a Growth Cycle is super easy. On the main Growth Cycle screen, just choose the Growth Cycle you want to edit and click the arrow icon on the right.
This brings you back to the same drag and drop page that you used to create it! Make whatever changes you want and then click “Save and Finish”
Using a Growth Cycle
Now that you’ve created a Growth Cycle, what can you do with it? You have two main choices.
- Create a batch right away using Seed Now, or
- Create a Seeding Schedule for your new Cycle.
On the main Growth Cycle screen, choose the Growth Cycle you want to create a batch from and click the “Seed Now” button in its row. This will instantly create a batch for you using all the info you entered for your Cycle.
Seeding Schedules are a way to continually create new batches on a set schedule. You can start creating one by choosing a Growth Cycle and clicking the “Schedule” button in its row. For more information on how to create and use Seeding Schedules, read more here!