CropScape user guide

Introduction

FARMapper is integrated with USDA CropScape service hosting Cropland data layer produced by National Agricultural Statistics Service (“NASS”) of US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”). More about the USDA data collections methods for the CDL can be found here. This integration allows you to get the crop data statistics for your farm tracts and easily save the files to your FARMapper digital locker. It’s just few clicks away.

The service generates documents with a map of areas selected by you, which will have different colors depending on what was cropped here by year. An explanation of what the colors mean is in the legend on the right side of the document. These data cover the period from 2010 to the previous year.

Generating CropScape files

To generate a CropScape document, click the third left icon on the projects page. The "CropScape" window will then be displayed.

Generating CropScape files
Figure 1: Generating CropScape files - click to enlarge

Selecting the areas for which the CropScape document is to be generated.

You have two options to choose the tracts for which you want to generate a CropScape document.

First, you can choose the tract(s) in the tract list. Then, in the list in the CropScape window you will only see those tract(s) that you have selected earlier.

Selected tracts from the tracts list
Figure 2: Selected tracts from the tracts list - click to enlarge

If you do not select any tracts in the tract list and choose to generate a CropScape document then the list in the CropScape window will select all tracts from your farm tract list automatically.

Non selected tracts from the tracts list
Figure 3: Non selected tracts from the tracts list - click to enlarge

Regardless of which selection method you choose, you can always change the selection in the CropScape window. In the lower left corner of the CropScape window, there are two buttons "Select all" and "Deselect all", which are used to select or deselect all items on the list.

Selecting tracts on the CropScape list
Figure 4: Selecting tracts on the CropScape list - click to enlarge

Selecting year and generating mode

When you select the proper tracts, it's time to go to the selecting year and generating mode.

The choice of a year of data is very simple. Simply click on the year in the "Selecting year of data" window and a dropdown list with available years. Choose the year which interests you. As you already know, the range of years to choose covers years from 2010 to the previous year.

We have two modes of generating documents. The first is the "Generate document for each tract". After selecting this mode, you will generate as many CropScape documents as you chose tracts, ie one document for one tract. You must remember that the tract can not be larger than 200,000 acres.

The second mode "Generate one document with all tracts (bounding box)", generating one document with all selected tracts. This means that a square will appear on the document, containing all selected tracts. If you choose this mode, you must also enter your own name for the generated document. You must remember that the area can not be larger than 200,000 acres.

The last thing you need to do to generate the documents is to click "Generate".

Bounding box
Figure 5: Bounding box - click to enlarge

Where you can find CropScape files and how they look like?

You can find the generated documents in "Docs" tab. Click the document and it will open in the next window. You must remember that you must allow the browser to open pop-up windows.

List of added documents
Figure 6: List of added documents - click to enlarge
CropScape file for a single tract
Figure 7: CropScape file for a single tract - click to enlarge
CropScape file for the whole farm (bounding box)
Figure 8: CropScape file for the whole farm (bounding box) - click to enlarge

Please let us know what you think and let us know if you want additional functionality at support@farmapper.com

Generating CropScape files

To generate a CropScape document, tap the third left icon on the projects page [Figure 1]. The "CropScape" window will then be displayed.
Generating CropScape files
Figure 1: Generating CropScape files - click to enlarge

Selecting the areas for which the CropScape document is to be generated

You have two options to choose the tracts for which you want to generate a CropScape document.
First, you can choose the tract(s) in the tract list [Figure 2].
Select tracts on the tracts list
Figure 2: Select tracts on the tracts list - click to enlarge

Then, in the list in the CropScape window you will only see those tract(s) that you have selected earlier [Figure 3].

If you do not select any tracts in the tract list then the list in the CropScape window will select all tracts from your farm tract list automatically.

Select the tracts on the Crop Scape list
Figure 3: Select the tracts on the Crop Scape list - click to enlarge
Regardless of which selection method you choose, you can always change the selection in the CropScape window. In the lower left corner of the CropScape window, there are two buttons "Select all" and "Deselect all", which are used to select or deselect all items on the list [Figure 4].
Selecting tracts on the CropScape list
Figure 4: Selecting tracts on the CropScape list - click to enlarge

Selecting year and generating mode

When you select the proper tracts, it's time to go to the selecting year and generating mode.

The choice of a year of data is very simple. Simply tap on the year in the "Select year of data" window and a dropdown list with available years. Choose the year which interests you. As you already know, the range of years to choose covers years from 2010 to the previous year.

We have two modes of generating documents. The first is the "Generate document for each tract". After selecting this mode, you will generate as many CropScape documents as you chose tracts, ie one document for one tract. You must remember that the tract can not be larger than 200,000 acres.

The second mode "Generate one document with all tracts (bounding box)", generating one document with all selected tracts [Figure 5]. This means that a square will appear on the document, containing all selected tracts. If you choose this mode, you must also enter your own name for the generated document. You must remember that the area can not be larger than 200,000 acres

The last thing you need to do to generate the documents is to tap "Generate".

Bounding box
Figure 5: Bounding box - click to enlarge

Where you can find CropScape files and how they look like?

You can find the generated documents in "Docs" tab [Figure 6]. Tap the document and it will open in the next window. You must remember that you must allow the browser to open pop-up windows. [Figure 7] [Figure 8]
List of added documents
Figure 6: List of added documents - click to enlarge
CropScape file for a single tract
Figure 7: CropScape file for a single tract - click to enlarge
CropScape file for the whole farm (bounding box)
Figure 8: CropScape file for the whole farm (bounding box) - click to enlarge

Please let us know what you think and let us know if you want additional functionality at support@farmapper.com