Climate Corporation updated its FieldView desktop functionality to include popular features from its mobile platform. The new desktop features include field region reports, enhanced scouting features, and enhanced usability tools that give users access to improved analysis tools to help farmers make agronomic and business decisions.
“We had a lot of great feedback from customers using our tools on the app, and what we found over time is that a lot of planning and decisions still get made at their desk, whether that’s the farmer or in partnership with their business partners,” says Kyle King, FieldView Commercial Product Director. “During the pandemic and less travel, fewer people are face to face, which is one of the reasons we brought these features to the desktop. And when we look at customers, and on my family farm, when decisions are being made, if users get into detail on agronomic results on the farm, they probably aren’t doing it on their phone. Some are using their iPad, but there are a lot of folks who like diving into the data on their desktop, and they’re already using a lot of applications on their desktop to evaluate performance on the farm agronomically and financially. Bringing this data to the web streamlines and brings more information to life for them, and it helps them navigate across all their data sets easier.”
The new desktop features are:
Field Region Reports: Users can “circle” areas of interest on your FieldView maps more precisely on their desktop; Save these areas as regions with notes or photos from in-field visits. This saves time, improves accuracy and easily collaborates across all devices for deeper analysis of hybrid/variety selection, seed population, soil type, elevation, and more.
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“Being able to drill down into subfields to understand agronomic results, whether it’s hybrid varieties and the results in those microenvironments, to seeding rate results across those hybrids and varieties, to planting dates, elevation, and soil type results bring those key agronomics to the desktop where more users can use them in the fashion in which they are used to analyzing their data,” King says.
Enhanced Scouting Features: Users can view/create scouting pins and notes across all devices (smartphone, tablet and desktop) to save time in the office by not requiring a mobile device to access scouting features and notes.
“When you think about a farmer who has shared their account with a business advisor, the interaction of in-field scouting and pin capturing is now available on the web along with your android or iOS, and it will all sync with your climate.com account so the farmer will have access to data no matter where he is,” King says.
Enhanced Usability Tools: Users can filter/search fields quickly and visualize fields grouped by farm. This saves time by not having to scroll through dozens of fields on a mobile device. This feature is particularly beneficial to the agronomist/dealer who has numerous shared fields.
“If you think about your farm/field/client structure, you can really start to filter out your fields to get to a very specified list very quickly by doing a simple search function within climate.com, so you can not only get those lists of fields really narrow but also see those fields when they come up on the map so you can not only see them from a field listing but also visualize it from a proximity with each other,” King says.
The additions to the desktop platform were driven by user demand and fall in line with Climate’s core focus in 2021: to reduce barriers to digital farming tools, and to make precision agriculture platform easier to use. Access and simplicity are crucial drivers to adoption, and will allow user to take the next step in prescriptive agronomy.
“We’re in a transition because we have historically looked in the rearview mirror on what we should have done and using data to confirm or deny whether decisions that were made on a farm were successful,” King says. “Now we’re at this pivotal point where we’re putting our efforts toward how to use historical data and using farmer data on their own farm and in partnership with Bayer’s collection of the largest pool of research data in the industry, and how do we look at all those tools to look through the windshield and get our heads in the future and make this data more prescriptive on hybrid or variety recommendations, density recommendations, so we continue fine-tune and use data to help with those predictions and recommendations.”
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Sharing Field Data: Farmers can give dealers, crop scouts or employees access to information they need to make collaboration fast and easy. As always, farmers control who has access to their accounts.
Remotely Monitoring Field Activities: Get instant help solving problems from the cab. RemoteView can send someone a real-time view of your tablet monitor, so users can see what the operator sees. When finished, the operator can end the session and get back to work, or choose to continue having progress monitored remotely.
Getting Application Data: Field conditions, application rates and timing are logged as they are executed in the field. While spraying, FieldView real-time view of important weather factors like wind speed and more.
Creating Spray Reports on Any Field: Link a custom applicator to capture as-applied maps or static-rate maps. Using this data, build PDF reports for things like cost-splitting or compliance, and share the report via email or text message.
Tracking Focus Areas: Create and send a PDF report in minutes on the entire operation, or share only a custom zone inside a field. Farmers can give agronomic partners access to create their own saved regions or view those created to solve and plan together, regardless of geographic location and device (e.g. mobile or desktop).