Customers that sign up for Pasturemap Enterprise receive automatic forage estimates for every pasture. This allows you to plan out your whole season better by seeing how much forage is available across each grazing cell or the entire ranch. There are several ways that this number is produced.
New Pasture Details View for Enterprise Customers
Prior Season Estimate
The first source for pasture productivity estimates is if you enter the number directly. By clicking on the "Edit estimate" link in the picture above, you can configure any estimate value that you want. If you estimate that a pasture will produce 100 animal days for the season, that value will also automatically carry over to the next season.
Prior Season Productivity Data
Entering herd weights and move records into PastureMap allows us to automatically calculate the forage consumed from that pasture during the course of a season. Over time, we get a pretty good picture of how productive that pasture is, and show you that number when you click on a pasture. You can see it here in the "AVG TAKEN LAST 3 SEASONS" section above. When you sign up for PastureMap Enterprise, that number is automatically calculated for every pasture from all of your record history, and saved as the season 1 year estimate.
NRCS Forage Data
The final source for forage data is from the NRCS rangeland productivity database. Not all areas in the US are covered, but if your pasture is, then a forage estimate number will show up in the "NRCS 1-YEAR ESTIMATE" box. If there are neither user-supplied estimates nor prior season productivity data, then any available NRCS data will be used to fill in the pasture estimate.
What Happens if None of These Apply
If none of these cases apply to your pastures, then the productivity estimate will simply remain blank, and you will be prompted to enter it for each pasture. As you continue to use PastureMap and enter your own estimates, these will be filled in automatically in the future!
To find out more about how forage numbers are calculated, you can also read this additional article (warning: math ahead!):
How is Forage Forecast Calculated