Farmers using the Climate FieldView platform will soon have access to more field fertility information, seeding information and yield analysis. The company says this will help farmers tailor agronomic decisions by zone to save resources and optimize crop yields. The additional features are set to arrive in 2018.
Fertility Enhancements include manual fertility scripting with the addition of phosphorus, potassium and lime on top of the previous nitrogen offer. The tool will allow farmers to customize their management for these nutrients with consideration for yield goals, weather, what nutrients are left in the crop and organic matter.
Seed scripting is now available to farmers who might not have access to three years of yield data through aerial imagery. Climate Corporation says adding this option means that more than 80% of corn acres in the U.S. can use the seed scripting abilities. The tool provides seed planting prescriptions tailored to yield goals and in the 2018 season is enabling the development of management zones.
Note many of the seeding recommendations Climate makes will be for Monsanto branded seeds or seed partners as they have more information about those hybrids. Farmers who plant other brands might find there is less information about those brands in this system.
“We’ve created some recommendations based on other brand maturity zones, but it’s not as detailed,” says Sam Eathington, Climate Corporation chief scientist.
Better yield analysis using the company’s seed performance and analysis tools mean farmers can review their management practices from past years to see what was successful and what wasn’t. Users can also examine specific zones in fields to identify good and poor yield zones and tailor management decisions.
Earlier this year Climate Corporation announced 35 new projects in their pipeline. The group is in testing now for many of them. One such project includes corn disease identification using artificial intelligence. Using a smartphone, users can take a photo and ID a disease based on leaf appearance. Climate currently has 50,000 samples in their system and hopes to at least double that number by the end of the season. The company doesn’t have an official launch date for this feature.