Scout From the Sky – How FieldView™ field health imagery can help you get ahead of the game.

May 6, 2021

A woman standing in the center of a field looking at an iPad.

There was a time when seeing and understanding what was going on in your fields meant you needed to be out in your fields more than you might have wanted. It took a lot of time. It took a lot of effort and it didn’t always give you the complete picture.

Field health imagery has changed all that. And for the better. Our digital ag tool allows you to see more than what is right in front of you, providing you with consistent, satellite imagery that can help you identify potential issues, like crop disease, before they become real problems. That means you can prioritize your scouting, making it more efficient and effective in the fight to protect all that important yield.

With field health imagery, you really do get the bird’s eye view of your entire operation.

A picture is worth a thousand visits to your fields.

Ok, now that you know what it is, let’s see how field health imagery works and how it can help make an impact on the way you scout. There are three types of imagery FieldView provides, each with its own unique features and benefits. Let’s take a look.

A Field health imagery snapshot generated showing the vegetation map layer.

This image is generated using the Climate Crop Index (CCI) which calculates current green vegetative biomass (plant growth) throughout the season. All fields planted to the same crop will be measured on the same scale for easy field-to-field comparison. In other words, you can see how much is growing in a single plot, which allows you to see areas that may need your attention.

Image generated in iPad showing the Scouting map layer, with red, green and yellow areas to illustrate variability.

Scouting has always been an imperfect process. But with these images you can identify areas within a field that might be a problem before they become an actual problem. Scouting images are generated from vegetation images, and put on a 5-colour scale, so you can easily see the areas with the most and the least biomass.

Image showing a True Colour Map on an ipad, which is a real satellite image of a field.

This image is your farm in its purest form. With True Colour images, you have the ability to see a real-world view of your field, which can be incredibly helpful in identifying any anomalies such as small / thin clouds / shadows that escape our proprietary cloud & shadow detection algorithm.

Season after season, field imagery makes a difference

Over time, you’ll see the impact field health imagery can make on the way you run your operation. From one season to the next, you can compare images allowing you to see patterns and trends. You can view imagery side by side with other data layers including yield, soils seed type or fertility. You can even save a specific region of an image to track its progress as well as evaluate your decisions. In other words, you’ll know what worked and what didn’t. No guesswork. No maybes.

With field health imagery, you’ll be seeing your farm like you’ve never seen it before.

To find out more, visit our FAQ or contact your nearest Climate FieldView dealer.