Create Fields with HortControl

To create a Field and define Sectors open HortControl and go to the Field Setup Tab. You will see a list of all existing field showing their Marker Code and the start date (date when they were activated). To add a new field click on the Add field button. The Add field Dialog will open

Define the settings of your new field in the Add field Dialog:

To create the new field you need to define several parameters of the field. The dialog in figure 12 contains all important parameters that you need to configure. The right hand side will show a layout if the currently selected split type.

 

Descriptions: Enter a short name or information about the field.

Marker code: Enter barcode number, which is used to start/stop the measurement (barcode number is written on the barcode).

Pot height (mm): Enter the pot height in mm. All information below the pot height will not be analysed by PlantEye. Thereby background information (soil, pot, etc.) can be deducted from the segmentation process and improves data quality. The illustration below shows a configuration where the pot height was set too low on the left, and a correct configuration on the right.

Length (m): Enter the length in meters between start and stop of the scan (please see section 2.1 how to start/stop a scan).

X sectors: the number of sectors you want to divide the field in along the X-axis (scanning width of PlantEye).

Y sectors: The amount of sectors you want to divide your field in along the Y-axis. Total amount of sectors will be x sectors * y sectors.

X period (mm): The distance between the centres of two sectors that are next to each other along the X-axis. Please see the explanation in Split Types for more details as the definition X Period might slightly vary

Y period (mm): The distance between the centres of two sectors that are next to each other along the Y-axis. Please see the explanation in Split Types for more details as the definition Y Period might slightly vary

X Origin (mm): the x offset of the left bottom corner of the field compared to absolute origin of the field. The origin of the field in x direction is the centre of the scanning width.

Y Origin (mm): the y offset of the left bottom corner of the field compared to absolute origin of the field. The origin of the field in y direction is the middle of the barcode.

Pot radius (mm): The radius of each sector. This radius should be chosen that it fits the maximum plant diameter you are expecting. Please note that if the radius is bigger than the available space between two neighbouring sectors the sectors will no longer be circles but will become rectangulars or hexagonals. See Split Types for more details.

Split Types: When segregating a field into sectors there are different layout options available you can choose from. These layouts are just a general selection that should match how your plants are physically arranged in the field and can be configured by the above mentioned parameters to match the exact situation. The following field layouts are available:

 

Rectangular

In rectangular mode the X and Y period will be the difference to the direct neighbours in x and Y direction. When the Pot radius is bigger than half the period the circles will become rectangles to use all available space.

 

Hexagonal 1:

In hexagonal 1 mode the odd rows of the field will have one sector less than the even rows and will be shifted by one x period to the right. The X and Y period are defined by the distance between two sectors neighbouring sectors in the odd and even rows. When the pot radius is bigger than the X period or bigger than the the circles will become hexagonal.

 

Hexagonal 2:

In hexagonal 2 mode the even rows will be shifted by one x period to the right. The X and Y period are defined by the distance between two sectors neighbouring sectors in the odd and even rows. When the pot radius is bigger than the X period or bigger than the the circles will become hexagonal.

 

Hexagonal 3:

In hexagonal 3 mode the odd rows will be shifted by one x period to the right. The X and Y period are defined by the distance between two sectors neighbouring sectors in the odd and even rows. When the pot radius is bigger than the X period or bigger than the the circles will become hexagonal.

 

Hexagonal 4:

In hexagonal 4 mode the even rows of the field will have one sector less than the odd rows and will be shifted by one x period to the right. The X and Y period are defined by the distance between two sectors neighbouring sectors in the odd and even rows. When the pot radius is bigger than the X period or bigger than the the circles will become hexagonal.