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Planning To Plant: Exploring FieldView™ Seed Scripting Tools

by Andrew Knaack, Climate Business Manager, The Climate Corporation

December 15, 2017


Agriculture is much more than just a job to me – it’s my life’s work. Growing up on a family farm, I quickly learned the fine line that exists between success and failure at harvest time. Today, as a Climate Business Manager, I work closely with farmers and agricultural dealers to help them find every possible advantage throughout the year to achieve profitable results.

Recently, I spoke with a farmer who was seeing a change in hybrid performance in varying soil types in his fields but wasn’t sure why. After reviewing this farmer’s soil maps, we found that this was a great opportunity to show how variable rate seed scripting could help to address field variability.

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When it comes to variable rate seed scripting, the number one objection I hear from farmers is, “I have tried it in the past, but don’t know if it is paying off.” FieldView offers great solutions for managing variability and creating seed prescriptions tailored to your fields plus yield analysis tools to help you identify what worked and what didn’t so you can make the best decisions next season.

Prescription seeding can help you:

  • Maximize yields by helping you create seeding rates to match field variability
  • Make management decisions for the future by comparing data from as-applied seeding maps with yield results (see FieldView yield analysis)
  • Potentially reduce seed costs

Keeping it simple: FieldView manual seed scripting tools.

Sometimes the thought of writing variable rate seed prescriptions can seem intimidating. With FieldView manual seed scripting tools, I always say that if you can draw, click and hit save, you can have a prescription in about six minutes* — it’s that simple.

With manual scripting, you can use multiple map layers to easily create customized seed prescriptions and then share with your agronomist, Climate Business Manager, dealer, or business partner for a second opinion.

Playing to your strengths: FieldView advanced seed scripting tools.

Advanced seed scripting, available as a FieldView Pro solution, uses your field data along with product performance field-testing data to help you determine management zones and create scripts that you can tailor to your unique yield or profitability goals. It’s easy to use and fast. In fact, I once worked with a dealer to write 3500 acres of scripts in two hours! Now is a great time to become familiar with these tools.

Good luck as you continue to prepare for next planting season and beyond. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Climate dealer, or the Climate Support Team at (888) 924-7475 or

About the Author
After growing up on a family farm, Andrew is currently a Climate Business Manager in Iowa, working closely with farmers and dealers to help them realize their agricultural goals. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business and Management.

*Based on 2017 research by The Climate Corporation.