Harvesting season is no small feat of time-sensitive orchestration, with end goals of maximizing produce quality for consumers as well as growers’ return on investment. Bin tagging is an invaluable piece of the puzzle for maintaining harvest continuity and traceability, but between regional variations, different commodities, and operational preferences, there’s more than one practical approach to getting the job done. This is why flexibility is a cornerstone of Croptracker’s entire ERP suite – and the Harvest module’s workflow versatility is only expanding with greater bin tagging options, like pre-printing.

Stay on top of the season’s incoming inventory with Croptracker’s Harvest module

The Harvest module’s powerful Event framework enables users to track all the important details associated with each bin, for optimal traceability. The Event convention throughout Croptracker provides the capacity to link Harvest with other modules for inputting other crucial business information, like labor and equipment costs, spray applications, and production practices associated with specific lots.

Croptracker’s streamlined ERP experience enables easy documenting of growing and harvesting practices in real time, and comprehensive data visualization suitable for formal audits or mock recall dry runs.

alternating pattern of barcodes and qrcodes

Barcodes and QR codes

Storing a number of readily accessible data points in a single image has revolutionized data collection and object tracking. One-dimensional (1D) barcodes came first: invented by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, its composition was based on Morse code, extended into thick and thin bars. This design gained broad commercial success in the 1970s with automating the supermarket checkout system, a process that remains similar to current day with the ubiquitous Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode on retail products. As of December 31, 2019, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) stopped issuing generic UPC numbers for fruit and vegetables. Company and brand specific UPC numbers are now the barcoding standard in North America.

The QR code - abbreviated from Quick Response codes - are a particular type of 2D barcodes invented in the 1990s by Masahiro Hara from Denso Wave, a Japanese automotive company. A unique pattern of black squares are arranged in a square grid on a white background, with information present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image. QR codes are used in tracking, ticketing, marketing and in-store product labelling.

Both code types are used in harvest bin tagging workflows. What your farm or packhouse operation chooses to implement might depend on the inventory tracking software used, or what devices are most accessible for work crews to use for scanning. QR codes hold a major contemporary advantage because of the proliferation of smartphones, which easily scan and redirect the user to the info associated with the code.

screenshot of harvest scan code preference view in mobile app

Choose the bin tagging approach that’s based on your specific needs

You might need to squeeze as much information as possible onto each tag: who picked, what variety, and so forth. Or, maybe keeping things short and sweet is the best approach for your farm. Either way, the central element of a bin tag is its tracking code that associates the location of picked fruit for effective traceability through receiving, storage, and shipping. Croptracker supports different workflow styles for bin tagging, so what’s already working for an operation can become even more effective.

Check out the different options available under Harvest Scan Code Preference:

screenshot of harvest tag set web app view for pre-printing

Croptracker develops agtech solutions for industry leaders. Our mission is to make crop production safer, more efficient, and more profitable. Designed with fresh market producers and distributors in mind, every tool we create is based on direct industry feedback. Croptracker’s award-winning farm software optimizes recordkeeping, labor tracking, production and cost management. Our integrative Harvest Quality Vision technology offers instant empirical analysis of crop samples exactly when you need it. Optimize your harvest season with Croptracker’s customizable solutions: learn more about our Farm Management Software, or book a demonstration to schedule a meeting with our product experts.