A Successful Spring Starts in the Winter: A Planning Season Checklist
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December 6, 2022
Regional Experience Advisor at Climate LLC.
“An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing.”
— Dale Carnegie
Planning season is a time for preparation, organization and reflection. But after a busy harvest season, strategizing for the upcoming year can feel overwhelming. Luckily, FieldView™ can equip you with knowledge and insights about past seasons’ performance all in one place, so you can easily turn your data into decisions that will position you for success come spring.
Every good plan starts with a checklist. Here are some to-dos we recommend checking off for a productive planning season.
Upload Planting & Harvest Data
Before devising a plan for next season, let’s learn from the past. Start by uploading your planting and harvest data for an objective look at where you excelled, where to improve and why it all happened. Data transfer into FieldView happens automatically with FieldView™ Drive. But if you don’t have equipment compatible with FieldView Drive, no worries. You can manually upload historical field boundaries, planting, harvest or soil files via Data Inbox.
Analyze & Adjust Yield Data
After uploading data into FieldView, you can analyze field performance or use yield data to better understand seed performance by operation, field, hybrid and soil type.
By creating reports within FieldView, raw information becomes more digestible, trends start to emerge, and your next steps become clear. Your data becomes an even more powerful tool towards profitability when you can easily share reports with your agronomic partners.
Compare Critical Data with Side-by-Side Maps
Rather than making decisions based on results from someone else’s trials across the state, the data you collect for your fields is yours to learn from. With FieldView, it’s simple to visualize multiple data layers at once to see how inputs performed in specific environments. Select the data layers you want to view, such as hybrid and yield data, or compare uploaded soil test data to other map layers like Yield or Planting.
Download or Update the FieldView™ Cab app
Planning season is the perfect time to make sure your FieldView Cab app is updated and ready to go for planting season. Download or update the FieldView Cab app in the iOS App Store®. Version 10.3 or higher is the one you want. But you don’t need to know the exact number — just press the “Update” button. Don’t forget to update the FieldView Cab app on your tablet and your phone.
Scan Your Seed Bags
At the end of harvest, you need yield data to be easy to read. But if you labeled the same hybrid three different ways, it will show up on three different lines, even though it's the same seed! If you find typing the actual seed name cumbersome, scan the seed bag to enter the correct name automatically. This is great winter prep activity and another example of how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Upload Soil Tests
Soil tests can reveal valuable opportunities in a field, but some farmers may be deterred by the thought of how cumbersome testing has traditionally been. With FieldView, you can easily import Soil Tests data through the Data Inbox. This feature allows you to visualize organic matter (OM), cation-exchange capacity (CEC), potential of hydrogen (pH), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) and compare this information side-by-side with other data layers.
Create Custom Prescriptions with FieldView™ Seed Scripts
Finalizing planting plans? Let FieldView Seed Scripts help manage variability on your farm by creating accurate zones with hybrid-specific planting rates. Developing precision application zones can be a hassle, but Automatic Zone Creation uses the satellite imagery from your FieldView account to generate precision management zones. You can even change the number of zones depending on how specific you want to get when entering the field in 2022. The tool also makes it easy to run what-if scenarios for fertility plans, allowing you to fine-tune how precise you want to get and what that might mean for your fertilizer bill in 2022.
Have Questions While You Prep? Climate Support Team Is Always Prepared.
Our Customer Support team is available to help you get connected, clean up your data, and prepare you for the year ahead. If you need to get into contact with the team, you’ve got options:
Krista Russell is the Regional Experience Advisor at Climate LLC. At Climate, Krista is dedicated to ensuring growers have the best experience possible with FieldView. By serving as a knowledge base and working cross functionally with internal teams, Krista provides growers with valuable insights and proactive support so they can get the most out of their data. With roots in rural Illinois, Krista has always had a strong passion for supporting the agriculture industry. Krista holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Agricultural Systems and Education and a M.S. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Environmental Science, where she focused her research on Agriculture Policy and Spatial Imagery.