New User - Bale Tracking

I have farmOS running on my computer in development mode and have been poking about. Under the Assets menu I see submenus for “All Assets”, Plantings, Animals, Equipment and Groups. First, is that all I should see in a default configuration? Next, I want to be able to be able to track hay and straw bale usage. In the fall I wrap hay bales and manually inventory them by row (row 1 - 42 4x4 silage, row 2 - 48 4x5 hay, row 3 - 47 4x5 hay, etc.). Straw bales are all located inside the barn. Currently, at the end of each month I go out and physically count how many bales are in each row, or in the barn, so I know where I’m at. As I feed bales, I try to keep track of how many bales from which rows were fed on any given day. Same for straw. I think I can see how I could set bales up as assets and group them by row or the such, but before I go through this I want to confirm that there isn’t a module already in existance that I can simply turn on, or maybe download and enable, which would handle hay and straw bale inventory management. Does such exist?

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Hi @armitagep - welcome to the farmOS forum!

Great questions…

Under the Assets menu I see submenus for “All Assets”, Plantings, Animals, Equipment and Groups. First, is that all I should see in a default configuration?

Yes, the “Crop”, “Livestock” and “Equipment” modules are installed by default on a new farmOS instance. However, these can be unselected during installation if you don’t want them.

Next, I want to be able to be able to track hay and straw bale usage.

Ok! So there’s a short answer and a long answer here… :slight_smile:

Short answer: it is possible to record much of what you want in the current version of farmOS (1.x), but you may need to wait for farmOS 2.x to be able to do some of the more advanced things you have in mind.

Longer answer:

farmOS 2.x will have a more robust “inventory management” system, with the goal of being able to track material assets (alongside the other asset types that 1.x has). This will allow you to create separate assets for each of your collections of bales, with unique names and locations, and make “inventory adjustments” to them (adding bales when they are created, subtracting bales when they are sold or fed to animals). This will allow you to see the “current inventory” of your bales.

That isn’t possible in farmOS 1.x currently. But, you can still get the same info - albeit with some extra steps. One way to do this would be to create “Harvest” logs when you create the bales, which record how many were created (these logs can also reference a specific Area they were created in). Then, when they are fed to animals, you can create an “Input” log (which references the Animal(s) being fed if you want), and records how many bales were fed. In order to calculate the “current inventory”, however, you would then need to filter and export your harvest and input logs as CSVs, import them into a spreadsheet program (outside of farmOS), and run a SUM() equation on them to get your total inventory. It wouldn’t be too hard to create a standard spreadsheet template that you can import rows into and have it do the math automatically.

Another alternative (getting a bit more advanced) would be to write a Python script that connects to the farmOS API and pulls the information you want, processes it, and spits out the current inventory.

But rest assured this is on the roadmap for farmOS 2.x… which is coming along quickly. :slight_smile:

Hope that helps get you started, and gives you a sense where things are headed.

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@armitagep great question & thanks for sharing this use case! This will be good to refer to as we work on the inventory features.

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