Are You Collecting Data the Hard Way?: Make It Easy With FieldView™ Drive

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March 8, 2021
Greg Deim
FieldView™ Cab App Senior Product Manager at The Climate Corporation

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In my last post, we talked about the advantages of data visualization through the FieldView™ Cab app. In this post, we'll find out what makes that visualization possible: real-time data collection. 


Quality data is key to the good life, and it’s no secret that data collection isn't always easy. It can require multiple cables, flash drives and hard drives. How can you access the value of your data if it’s locked away in different equipment models or written down in a notebook somewhere? It's no wonder many of us didn't bother tracking data in years past, and many still don’t. But today, it doesn’t have to be a bother. One piece of technology can connect your entire operation. The FieldView™ Drive can make old equipment collect data like a brand-new model. With only a simple GPS and Bluetooth® connection, you can automatically track every planting, spraying and harvest pass. All you have to do is plug in the FieldView Drive, connect it to the tablet you use with your FieldView™ account and go.

80% of equipment types are compatible with the FieldView Drive.

Red, Green, Yellow and More: The FieldView Drive Works With Every Color

We have a team of precision equipment specialists who are adding to our already long list of compatible equipment. If you checked even just a year ago, I would suggest checking again to see if the FieldView Drive is compatible with the equipment you run. As of now, 80% of equipment types are compatible with the FieldView Drive. Chances are, we can find a way to connect you with seamless data collection.  

Planter, Sprayer or Combine: The FieldView Drive Connects

This isn’t just harvest or planting data — every input can be tracked and mapped using the FieldView Drive. This comes in handy when applying fertility and crop protection products in particular. If you apply a variable rate, having that data in FieldView makes it simple to compare different application rates. You can see what worked and how much it improved or protected your yield. 

No matter the age of your equipment, we can probably find a way to make it compatible with the FieldView Drive.

Map Anything While Driving Nearly Anything

If your equipment has a GPS signal, we can connect it with the FieldView Drive. We have even mounted a GPS to a UTV (utility side-by-side vehicle) and used it to track a plot with FieldView after it was planted. No matter the age of your equipment, we can probably find a way to make it compatible with the FieldView Drive. 

FieldView Drive connects your equipment to your iPad® or mobile device via Bluetooth®, allowing you to collect data and store it as you pass through your fields.

Monitor Multiple Machines Simultaneously

When you’re running a big operation with more than one planter, sprayer or combine, the FieldView Drive makes it possible to be in two places at once. If you’re not able to be in the cab, you can configure your sharing settings so that you can still access a live feed of what’s happening. As long as you have the FieldView Cab app and the FieldView Drive or a Precision Planting 20|20 SeedSense®, you can use RemoteView to see key data such as population rate at planting, application data during growing season and yield data at harvest — right as it’s rolling into the cab.

If you want to learn more about the FieldView Drive, reach out to your dealer or call our Support team at (888) 924-7475. Or, if you’d like to order one right now, visit the order page. The starter kit includes a FieldView Drive and an iPad® mounting kit for only $299. That’s a very affordable way to upgrade your equipment if you ask me. 


About the Author

Greg is the FieldView Cab App Senior Product Manager at The Climate Corporation. He is dedicated to delivering tools to growers that help them better understand how data can have a positive impact on their management decisions and operations. Greg grew up on a corn and soybean farm in North Central Iowa and has been involved in the family operation most of his life. He has also worked in the precision agriculture industry for more than 17 years. When not at work or on the farm, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife Amy and two boys Aiden and Cooper.