Databasing was Labeling seeds

Randall P. Linke
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:43:20 PST
Easy for you, LOL.

Actually I am developing a PHP/MySQL database, hoping to get it on line at
some point, but I have a way to go.


On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM, Richard Haard <> wrote:

> So far as maintaining growing records there are many, many ways to 'skin a
> cat'. Here is mine:
> My database system has evolved over time. It is a Filemaker Pro 10
> application I wrote. It is a searchable database that is easy to use,
> intuitive and works on Mac and PC by multiple users simultaneously. I plan
> to eventually present my record keeping system to plant propagators and
> will have copies to share by spring.
> Putting all of the data about source, propagation protocols and
> performance in multiple plantings into fields/flats/pots into a single
> 'seed entry' is cumbersome so I have devised an interlinked system that
> allows a one to many hierarchy. Labels can be printed at each level.
> Summaries and lists are easily formatted and printed. There is no limit to
> types and categories of information, including digital images.
> Here is the system.... The separate but linked databases are: Catalog,
> Inventory, Propagation, Field Map and Composite Field Map
> 1. Catalog db is the list of plants, or strains that I grow. For me,
> currently about 750 items. This db is useful for planning future plantings
> and seed acquisition needs.
> 2. In Inventory db, each seed collection is assigned a unique serial
> number. This is a place to keep info about source, current inventory, seed
> quality, etc.
> 3. Directly linked to Inventory db is the propagation db. Each time I use
> seed from inventory it receives a unique 'batch' number. All are directly
> linked to serial number. Here I keep track of all pretreatments, variations
> in treatment and performance.
> 4. Field Map db is a database to keep track of exactly where the plants
> are growing and their performance in that location. Each 'batch' may have
> several locations in field as a pot, flat or seedbed planting. All have a
> unique location code. Here the performance at a location can be tracked and
> the plants can be  lfound in a complex planting layout.
> 5. Composite field map is a compilation of all cropping based on location
> year to year. This way performance can be compared with location and
> rotations and cover cropping planned.
> Searching - Since this is a one to many database system,  a keyword search
> in field map or composite would return many entries over many crop years
> for a single 'batch' or 'serial number'. Searching for plant types, field
> and etc will return handy lists complete with formatted summaries. Changes
> in Inventory db immediately show in Propagation db and Field Map db.
> It's been fun and it works. Myself and three coworkers are using it every
> day. For permanent labels I use plastic waterproof labels and laser
> printer.  For temporary or indoor labels on seed-bags, etc I use a dymo
> printer. All are easy to format with the Filemaker program.
> I've found Filemaker very easy to use, manipulate and intuitively
> understand in comparison to 'Access'.
> Rich Haard
> Bellingham, Washington
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