FieldView™: Field Health Imagery


FieldView™ Plus offers farmers in the region the ability to view multiple data layers throughout the growing season. One layer in particular is field health imagery, which is a five-meter resolution satellite imagery delivered to farmer’s accounts throughout the growing season. This tool provides a more in-depth look at specific parts of a field potentially resulting in quicker, more efficient management decisions.

As part of FieldView Plus, field health imagery features normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) imagery formatted in three different methods: scouting map, vegetation map, and true color. The tools assist farmers in evaluating the growth and health of their fields.

The scouting map helps farmers quickly identify and address yield threats early with maps that precisely identify the lower performing areas of a field by highlighting the variability of the vegetation (Figure 1- left). To create the scouting map, fields are divided into five distinct colors based on the level of vegetation in the field at the time the image was taken. The bottom 20% of a field will be red, and the top 20% of a field will be dark green. The areas of red in an image do not necessarily mean that area is bad, just that it’s not performing as well as the green areas.

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Images from throughout the season may also be compared to final yield maps to possibly gain additional insights into product performance based on noted field issues (Figure 1 – right).

Users should note the scouting map coloring is relative to a specific field at a specific point in time, therefore this tool is not intended to be used to compare across fields or across time. The vegetation map can be used for comparisons over time and across fields.

The scouting map includes several features listed below.

  • Low Biomass Percentage Indicator—helps farmers easily identify fields with the greatest field-health variance and prioritize their scouting efforts using this new indicator.
  • Cumulative Rainfall Indicator—allows farmers to see season or year-to-date rainfall accumulation for each field.
  • The Climate Crop Index (CCI) supports the following crops: alfalfa, barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, cotton, lentil, oat, pea, soybean, sugar beets, and wheat (durum, spring, and winter).
  • Vegetation Map—The vegetation map allows for easy tracking of the progress of a given field’s crop through the season, or can compare the progress of two different fields (Figure 2). The map is colored using the Climate Crop Index which calculates current vegetative biomass. The map coloring is consistent across every image to more easily compare the level and variability of vegetation between fields and over time to identify potential field problem spots.
  • True Color—This image provides the ability to see a real-world field view to help with comparing a field to the scouting and vegetation images.

Field health imagery in FieldView Plus sources imagery from multiple image providers instead of just one to help provide the most up-to-date information. These tools provide frequent, consistent, and high quality field imagery to help in early identification of production issues. Images will be downloaded into the FieldView Plus account for all fields signed up for the tool, including imagery from the previous 3 years. Images will continue through mid-October.

For further information about Climate FieldView visit www.climate.com or contact your local representative. 170531080224

The FieldView™ services provide estimates or recommendations based on models. These do not guarantee results. Consult your agronomist, commodities broker and other service professionals before making financial, risk management, and farming decisions. Information and recommendations we provide do not modify your rights under insurance. policies purchased through our affiliates. More information at http://www.climate.com/disclaimers.

 

Figure 1. Scouting Map forces variability to help direct scouting efforts within a field.
 
 

Figure 2. Vegetation map helps to monitor biomass over time and across fields.