eVegGuide Data Editor Applications
 
PLANT EDITOR
A plant record represents a plant that may be reccommended by NRCS California.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Choose some criteria, such as Scientific Name = "Carex" (to find all Carex species), or Plant Type = "Grass or Grass-like". Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria.

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record.

Viewing a Record

    To find all practices in which this plant is used, press the Plant Practice Editor link in the lower right. This will open the Plant Practice Editor with the ID of this plant as the search criterion. (Coming soon: a link that will show all mixes in which this plant is used.)

Editing a Record

    If you want to correct some information on the plant record (for instance, changing the value of Drill or Broadcast), press . Make the changes, and then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new plant record. Press to clear all of the field values. Enter as many of the field values as you can, and then press .

Mixes

    Each mix is represented by a record in the plant table. Records for mixes appear differently than records for plants:
    • Scientific Name has no value.

    • The name of the mix appears in the Common name field.

    • The value of ID, such as "63", is a mix identifier, or a concise way of referring to the mix.

    If all of the plants in a mix are annual, then the value of Growth Cycle should be "Annual". If the plants in a mix include both annuals and perennials, then the value of Growth Cycle should be "Annual / Perennial".

    If all of the plants in a mix are native, then the value of Resident Status should be "native". If the plants in a mix include both natives and non-natives, then the value of Resident Status should be "both".

    In the Detail panel, press Mix Components to see the plants included in the mix, Press Mix Component Editor to edit which plants are included in the mix, at which percentage.

PLANT-PRACTICE EDITOR
A plant-practice record assigns a particular plant to a particular practice, purpose (subpractice), and MLRA. It also indicates whether the plant needs to be irrigated or not.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Choose a practice number from the Practice drop down, along with any other criteria. Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria.

      To find all of the practices in which a particular plant is used, enter the name of the plant (eg. Carex barbarae) in the Scientific Name field, and press .

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record. The name of the practice and other constraints on the use of the plant are in the top section of this panel. The name of the plant and information about the plant are in the bottom section of this panel.

    To see or edit all information about the plant, click on Plant Editor.

    If the "plant" is actually a mix, and you want to edit the components of the mix, click on Mix Component Editor.

Viewing a Record

    The detail panel shows when this record was last modified, and who modified it.

Editing a Record

    If you want to correct some information on the plant-practice record, press . Make the changes, and then press .

    To change the plant, press , and all of the plant related fields will be cleared. Enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this plant-practice record. Then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new plant-practice record. Press to clear all of the field values. Enter as many of the field values as you can.

    To choose a plant, enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this plant-practice record. Then press .

Deleting a Record

    When you delete a plant-practice record, you are not deleting the plant; you are simply deleting the assignment of that plant to that practice (purpose, MLRA, etc.).
MIX COMPONENT EDITOR
A mix component record assigns a particular plant to a mix.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Enter a mix identifier such as "155" in the Mix ID field, along with any other criteria. Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria.

    As an example, here are all the components of mix 155 (AKA BIOS Insectary Mix for orchards).

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record. The mix identifier and the percent are in the top section of this panel. The name of the plant and information about the plant are in the bottom section of this panel.

    To see or edit all information about the plant, click on Plant Editor.

Editing a Record

    The attribute you would be most likely to change on one of these records is Percent. To change a record, press . Make the changes, and then press .

    To change the plant, press , and all of the plant related fields will be cleared. Enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this mix component record. Then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new mix component record. Press to clear all of the field values. Choose a plant, and specify a percentage.

    To choose a plant, enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this mix component record. Then press .

FIELD DEFINITIONS

MLRA
Major Land Resource Area. California has seventeen MLRAs.

4ETa Zone
Evapotranspiration zone, indicating the inches of available soil moisture for plant use. California has seven zones. Note that MLRA and 4ETa Zone can be determined directly from a map.

Vegetative Soil Group (Soil)
A characterization of the soil at a particular location.

Practice + Purpose
A conservation practice involving plants, implemented by a landowner or manager.

Irrigated
Do the plants for this practice require ongoing irrigation?

SR Broadcast
For plants used as seeds, the seeding rate when seeds are broadcast.

SR Drill
For plants used as seeds, the seeding rate when seeds are applied with a drill.

Plant Spacing
For plants planted from containers or cuttings, the space between plants in feet.

Plant ID
A unique identifier of a particular plant.

Cultivar
Name of the horticultural variety of a plant.

Resident Status
Native or introduced.

Plant Type
Cereal grain, Forb, Legume, Grass or Grass-like, Mix, Shrub, Tree

Growth Cycle
Annual or perennial.

Scientific Name
The scientific name of the plant.

Common Name
The common name or names of the plant.

Bloom Period
In which part of the year and for how long the plant usually blooms.