For farmers using Climate FieldView, the 2018 growing season just got a little sweeter with next year’s product offering more ways to manage crop inputs by field zone.
“We’re really excited about 2018, and always with digital agriculture and Climate specifically, looking ahead to the future and what’s working for farmers,” said Luke Samuel, Commercial Product Director for the Climate Corporation. “And then also what are some of the new things that we can do to really help bring out digital ag and that Climate FieldView platform to the next level, and to continue to provide additional value for our growers.”
During the 2017 Farm Progress Show, we had the opportunity to stop by the Monsanto booth and find out from Samuel just how Climate FieldView is taking it to the next level in 2018:
Fertility: Manual Fertility Scripting (N, P, K, Lime) – Manual fertility scripting is Climate’s next step in developing a comprehensive fertility solution for farmers. Farmers will be able to create a customized management plan for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and lime tailored to their unique goals, saving time, optimizing inputs, and improving on-farm productivity.
“We are heavily investing in our science platforms looking at fertility,” Samuel said. “We know there is a ton of variability across those fields and those farms, and so helping farmers get a better understanding of what is driving that performance across their fields and within their fields, and then being able to really fertilize to the correct amount to help make sure that the crop is going to perform as expected.”
Seeds and Planting: Advanced Seed Scripting Enhancements – Advanced seed scripting uses a farmer’s historical yield data, combined with proprietary field testing results, to provide farmers with seed planting prescriptions tailored to their unique yield goals.
Climate is building on this tool for the 2018 season, enabling the development of management zones derived from field health imagery. Adding imagery as a second option means that more than 80 percent of corn acres in the United States can now use Climate’s advanced seed scripting capabilities.
“Ultimately it comes down to a couple things — it’s the agronomics or it’s the right seed at the right density at the right acre — and then also making sure you are feeding that crop during the right critical times of the year and the right amount of fertility to really drive that yield,” Samuel said.
Field Insights: Corn Disease Diagnosis & Identification – Climate is using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify a corn disease in real-time from the field. In addition, Climate is adding more corn diseases to the portfolio, previously announced in January. Disease insights will provide unique value to a farmer, helping them protect yield from in-season threats.
In addition to new manual fertility scripting and advanced seed scripting enhancements, the Climate FieldView platform will offer enhancements to its Yield Analysis tool and expand data and equipment connectivity to enable more farmers to experience the value of the Climate FieldView platform.
Yield Analysis Enhancements – With Climate’s seed performance and analysis tools, farmers can see what worked and what didn’t in their field trials and apply those insights to future years with the ability to save those regions in a new yield-by-region report. Farmers can also save and record a field region report through enhanced drawing and note taking tools, and retrieve the report at a later date for easy analysis on any portion of their field to better understand how their inputs are performing.
“There are a lot of farmers that will do some test driving on different seeding rates, or different hybrids, or different fertility within those fields … this makes sure you can go back to that same area of the field and really check out that strip or that test throughout the season and see how it is progressing,” Samuel said. “Ultimately it’s there at harvest to see what your return on investment is on those inputs and did that different change or test you did in the field pay you back.”
Expanded Data and Equipment Connectivity – More farmers can get all their data in one place with broader connectivity across an expanded set of equipment types, makes and models, to easily collect field data for the agronomic inputs they manage throughout the season. With this expanded equipment compatibility, the Climate FieldView Drive, a device that easily streams field data directly into the Climate FieldView platform, will work with most planters and 65 percent of combines in the United States, an increase from 50 percent of combines in 2016. To enable more farmers to experience the value of the Climate FieldView platform, the company is also expanding equipment and data compatibility for the FieldView Drive with anhydrous applicators and air seeders.
Farmers will also be able to simplify getting their data in one place by automatically retrieving data from the John Deere Operations Center, where they can retrieve planting and harvest files from their account and pull them directly into the Climate FieldView platform.
“They love the simplicity and they love having all of their information in one place,” Samuel said. “Really it’s the opportunity to take and understand how that yield that they see at the end of the year was impacted throughout the season … but also making sure how do I go forward in planning for success for 2018 as I think about which crop, which hybrid, which soybean variety do I need to put on my farm, and being able to go back and understand the yields on your farm and what drove those yields so you can put the best plan in place for 2018.”