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Climate Corp - making every field a test plot

Category: Crops

by Farm News Media

"I haven't met a farmer yet who doesn't want to put the best plan in place and really realize any success or any opportunity for success the following year."

You soil test, you consult with agronomist and input suppliers. You might even listen to the coffee shop banter before solidifying your cropping plans in making seed selections, fertility plans and overall crop management decisions.

And yet, as you make every single pass across the field thinking about the return on investment of your cropping plans, you can’t help but second-guess some of those decisions.

What if you could back up those cropping plan decisions with hard data? Better yet, what if that data was developed over years of real-time performance collected from your own fields on your farm?

Enter the Climate Corp’s value proposition of FieldView, said Luke Samuel, Commercial Product Director. “I haven’t met a farmer yet who doesn't want to put the best plan in place and really realize any success or any opportunity for success the following year,” he said.

“Field View gives you the chance to really make every field a test plot. Our customers are telling us they can put an additional nitrogen strip out in field of corn, for example, to see how 200 pounds of nitrogen did compared to their normal 180-pound rate. You’re able to track that with FieldView and see those results on your farm in your field with your data.”

Creating an accurate “digital logbook” for the year of your farm operation and getting all that information in one place for analysis is crucial, Samuel said. That logbook begins with soil maps and planting data such as seed hybrid and planting rates, integrated with real weather observations, crop imagery reflecting disease-related crop stresses and culminates with harvest data derived from the combine monitor at harvest.

“I think everybody is asking the same question about whatever input expenses they have across their farms: ‘Is this money I need to be spending or am I just throwing good money after bad?’” Samuel said. “Climate FieldView give you that insight by having your planting information along with harvest information, fertility information right there in a simple tool so you can run those analysis after harvest to figure all of that out.”

That holistic approach is critical in answering perhaps the most important question farmers face each year - what seed to buy. Samuel said producers know that placing the right seed in the right field, based on various soil types and agronomic management decisions are critical elements to get seed performing at its best.

“From my perspective, FieldView gives you a great opportunity to really figure out what’s working on your farm and what’s not,” Samuel said. “So whether that’s crop health and looking at insecticide applications made in season, or going back to the seed you purchased for the ground you farm, how do all the different dynamics and factors influence your bottom line? FieldView gives you an opportunity to really get clear and distinct on what's working and what's not working on your farm.”

What about data privacy concerns? Samuel said the data is the farmers - from the beginning to the end.

“A farmer has the opportunity to share any of that data that they would like to with one of their trusted advisors that they rely on to help make decisions on that farm,” he said. “But truly, it is the growers data - they can share it whoever they want to or they can they can just keep it to themselves. It’s whatever comfort level that customer has about their data and data privacy.”

Three levels of plan options, Prime, Plus & Pro

According to Samuel, growers can pick from one of three different plan options depending on budget and their specific needs. FieldView Prime – is free of charge, offering producers basic weather and scouting information along with very basic data tracking.

FieldView Plus is a subscription based service with an annual price tag of $999. It offers a full suite of analytic tools to understanding how hybrid performance across your fields and your farm, along with field health imagery, and manual seed and fertility scripting.

FieldView Pro is really centered around monitoring your nitrogen management plan in making sure you have the right amount available based on what mother nature might throw at you in determining if you have the right amount of nitrogen available for that field and that crop, according to Samuel.

“Another feature is the advanced seed scripting so taking yield data, building zones and adding information on our end through our science client and really giving you best optimized seeding rate for your specific hybrids across your farm,” Samuel said. “So it is really a full service suite of tools and some really exciting things as you start to think about how to better understand your operation and maybe plan differently each year.

FieldView Pro option requires the $999 annual fee for the Plus subscription, and an additional $3 acre separately for advanced seed scripting or nitrogen management, or $4 per acre if the two services are bundled together.