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Interconnected ease

Innovative digital ag platform allows farmers to easily gain insights through seamless data interaction
By Sarah Geyer 6/28/2018

 

Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView platform has a navigational ease that appeals to growers like Puryear’s Greg Story, right, and also offers an interconnectivity of various data that provides for better prescriptions and advice from agronomy experts like Cody Ray, left, with Henry Farmers Cooperative.
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Two key features — interconnectivity and navigational ease — have established Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView as a leader of value-added innovation in ag technology.

Considered the industry’s broadest and fastest-growing digital platform, Climate FieldView is the first of its kind to enable farmers to easily access a wide range of interconnected tools, services, and data.

“Our Co-op system is committed to providing ag technology tools to member owners,” says Alan Sparkman, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative agronomy marketing manager. “Our new partnership with Climate Corporation allows us to offer the Climate FieldView system to growers, and is a great addition to our Incompass program. The platform is user friendly and its navigational ease is what sets Climate FieldView apart in the marketplace.”

According to Caleb Albers, Climate’s business manager, Climate FieldView is also the only platform on the market that allows data collected by a growing list of various companies and their precision ag tools and services to be seamlessly shared and aggregated.

“Two tools used by many of our growers, the Incompass program and Winfield’s R7 suite of tools, are compatible with this platform,” adds Alan. “Being able to integrate the data from these existing systems is a very powerful benefit for our Co-op customers.”

Another key feature that distinguishes the platform, says Caleb, is the in-cab drive, which offers real-time access to data collected from machinery including planters, sprayers, and combines during in-field operations.

The platform offers many features to enhance a farmer’s management practices, but Caleb says that there’s a handful that appear at the top of nearly every users’ list.



Climate FieldView’s top five benefits for farmers

1) Touchscreen zone identification. Climate FieldView allows the farmer to view data from a specific area simply by drawing a circle on an iPad. Once the zone is drawn, the grower has access to layers of data for that specific area, including soil type, hybrids planted, date of planting, other application information, and yield results.

“I know there are other platforms that can do something similar but not at the touch of a finger,” says Caleb. “The ease of these kinds of operations is what separates us from our competitors.”

2) Climate FieldView drive. The drive is a small piece of hardware that can be placed on practically any piece of farm equipment and collect data in realtime or uploaded later. Farmers can purchase more than one drive and collect data as equipment runs simultaneously.

“This means there is no more chasing combines or planters down with thumb drives trying to get all that data over the course of the season,” says Cody Ray, an agronomist with Henry Farmers Cooperative. “The drive allows the data that is collected in real time from the farmer’s equipment to be transferred and stored automatically to the Cloud-based platform. With the farmer’s permission, we can access the data, even as it’s being collected in the field, allowing us to provide timely advice and recommendations.”

3) Equipment reports. Because of the interconnected capabilities offered with the Climate FieldView platform, with just the push of a few buttons, the farmer can generate detailed date- and field-specific data reports. For instance, information available from a recent fungicide application could include the specific location, tank mix, speed of application, and that day’s weather conditions, including rainfall amounts.

“At our Co-op, we use the rainfall feature non-stop during the times we need to get out and spray or spread,” says Cody. “Even if it’s off a tenth or two, the amounts are close enough to give us an idea of where we might be able to work, and that keeps us from driving all over Kentucky and Tennessee trying to figure out where we can run for the day.”

4) Remote access. Because the drive is a Bluetooth-enabled device, farmers can monitor from another location the in-the-field activity of their compatible farm equipment and view the data as it is collected.

“This feature allows the farmer to see firsthand what’s happening in the field,” says Caleb. “Perhaps the planter is being driven too fast or the seed population is incorrect. The grower can remotely identify those problems in real time, immediately address the issue, and then watch as adjustments are being made.”

5) Yield analysis. Saying he saved the best for last, Caleb calls this final feature “the farmer’s gradebook.” With the touch of a few buttons, growers can create reports on yield, with results based on specific parameters like soil type or hybrid variety or a broader analysis identifying the highest-producing hybrid for the operation’s predominate soil type.

“The feedback we continue to hear from customers is that Climate FieldView is providing them with some of the most exciting information they’ve seen,” explains Luke Samuel, commercial product director for Climate Corporation. “It’s not that this information hasn’t been available before, it’s just we provide a way for farmers to visualize it differently. Now when farmers are planning next year’s harvest, making in-season decisions to maximize yield opportunity, or measuring last year’s crop success, they have a way to connect dots between data collected from a variety of sources, which allows for more informed product and management decisions.”



Climate FieldView from a farmer’s perspective

Farming partners and brothers Greg and Gary Story of Puryear, along with Greg’s son Isaiah, raise an even split of soybeans and yellow corn on 2,100 acres as well as 40 acres of dark-fired tobacco. The brothers say that at an early age they learned from their late father, Tommy, a sixth-generation farmer, to make every acre count.

To ensure efficiency, the Stories irrigate about a third of their fields and utilize variable-rate planting across their operation. A few years ago, they implemented those techniques on every field with side-by-side hybrid trials, planting as many as 20 varieties in one test plot.

Greg says the trials have produced valuable information, but the process of collecting and analyzing data from various sources proved to be time consuming and often technologically challenging. However, as the Stories embark on their second crop season using Climate FieldView, Greg says their experience with the platform “has been grand.”

“With this program, I can pull up any of my farms and see where each hybrid begins and ends in each field,” says Greg. “The in-season imagery allows me to also spot potential problems. Then, with just the touch of the screen, I can focus in on one specific area simply by drawing a circle around it. Almost instantly, specific data on that small area pops up, including soil type, hybrid variety, planting populations, and application information.”

Farmers say the ability to “deep dive” into the crop’s yield results has helped them develop a better plan for next year’s seed placement, while the access to in-season data has driven decisions on in-season applications that have both pushed yield levels and controlled input costs.

“We’ve never been the biggest farmers in our area,” says Greg. “We don’t want to be. But I think [Climate FieldView] has helped us make the most of the acres that we do farm. It’s not a gadget to me. And as Climate continues to add even more capabilities to Climate FieldView, we look forward to seeing even more benefits for our operation as we strive to make every acre count.”

For more information about Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView, contact your local Co-op agronomy expert.

 
 
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