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For Soil Types and other areas that you will want to create a legend for, be sure to use a "Choice" type of data instead of text. To fix this:

1. Go to the Layer Management box and right-click on the Soil Type layer in the Available Layers area and select Properties.
2. In the Edit Layer box delete the current "Soil Type" item that has Text for the type.
3. Click on the Add button to add a new item. Make its description "Soil Type" but use "Choice" for the Type.
4. Click OK to save the changes for the layer and display the layer as the Active Layer.
5. Redefine each soil type. When defining a soil type, you'll have an <Add/Edit> option for Soil Type.
6. Select <Add/Edit> and you can set up a list of all your soil types.
7. When you define the next area, you will be able to select the soil type from the drop-down list.
8. When you create the legend, you can select "All Choices" from the "Fill" menu and the legend will display all of your soil types (even though they have text in the name) and you can select a color and/or pattern for each.

As a side note, I like to select a pattern only with "Transparent Background" for area layers such as soil types and weed problems. This will let you display the layer on top of other layers so you can "see through it" to the layer below to see if there's any correlation.

This method works for any type of text data that you will want to create a legend for including weed problems.

I hope this helps!
R. Scott Nusbaum
Farm Works Software

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