Variable-Rate Seeding: Making Every Hybrid Count

March 5, 2019

With spring quickly approaching, as we look ahead to planting season there’s a lot to consider; many farmers and dealers in Canada at this time of year, are evaluating seed performance from fall harvest. Climate FieldView™ yield analysis tools can help you make informed decisions on seed placement for the coming year. Now is the time to set yourself up to maximize return on the seeds you will soon be planting and give them the best opportunity for success.

But first, there are questions to be answered: With the variability that exists across many fields and operations, how can you know what seeding rate is right for specific areas of your fields? How can you be sure you are making the right choices that will result in the best possible yield?

Variable rate seeding is an answer for many, but writing these prescriptions can be a time-consuming and cumbersome process. Inspired by this challenge however, the Climate team developed a science-based, variable rate seeding solution that uses a farmer’s historical field data, combined with our field testing results, to create seed prescriptions in just minutes and leads to confident decision making – FieldView™ advanced seed prescriptions.

FieldView Helps Make The Most Of Seed Investments

Aside from the time savings, FieldView advanced seed prescriptions can offer another important benefit – yield advantages. Recent field studies indicate advanced seed prescription users can see a potential 2.5 bu/acre average increase compared to farmers who wrote their own scripts.*

Create a Prescription

Creating, editing and reviewing variable rate seed prescriptions is fast, easy and efficient with the FieldView advanced seed prescription tool.

Seeds of Success: FieldView Advanced Seed Prescriptions

  • How it works: Uses your historical field data, combined with proprietary field testing results, to provide prescriptions on nearly any seed brand in the industry, tailored to your unique yield or profitability goals.
  • Where it works best: Your fields: Combines field variability with knowledge of optimal seeding rates for commercial hybrids to provide you with a seeding rate prescription by zone for your field.
  • Why you can trust it: Backed by proprietary field testing results, consisting of multi-year, multi-location field trials on almost 5,000 hybrids. This breadth of research is what enables FieldView to create scripts across seed brands.
  • What you could gain: Farmers who use FieldView advanced seed prescriptions can see a potential 2.5 bu/acre average increase compared to farmers who wrote their own scripts.*
  • Why you should use it: Time savings: Typically, creating a customized variable-rate seed prescription can take farmers or their agronomic partners anywhere from more than a day to more than a week, but with FieldView, the average time to create a script is less than six minutes.
Four Ways To Enhance Your Variable Rate Seeding Experience

When it comes to variable rate seeding, there are several key factors that can enhance your approach:

  1. Teamwork – Consult with your seed and/or FieldView dealer for direction on hybrid rates, field placement, and underlying soil environment. You know your fields better than anyone, but another expert eye will give you a head start on making sure your seeds have the best possible performance opportunity.
  2. Timing – Work with your dealer to prepare seed prescriptions early to allow time to upload scripts into your FieldView system. Completing this process now means you’ll be one step closer to hitting the ground running when the busy planting season begins.
  3. Tech readiness – As always, you’ll want to make sure that your tractor, planter, seed tenders and all other equipment are in peak working condition when you need them most. Equally important is ensuring your FieldView™ Drive is properly linked to your equipment and that your FieldView™ Cab app or 20/20 Seedsense® is updated so you can gather valuable planting data this spring. If you have questions, you can learn more about FieldView equipment compatibility.
  4. Testing – How can you measure results? To take a closer look at how your variable rate seeding efforts performed in specific areas of your fields, set up a test to compare new seeding rates and zones with past practices. At the end of the season, use the FieldView field region report or side by side map comparisons to understand your results.

Advanced Scripting vs Population Map

(Left) FieldView advanced scripting map utilized to plant the variable rate portion of the field trial. (Right) FieldView planting population map after the side by side comparisons were executed for a field trial.

With so many variables during planting season, you’ll want to control everything you can. Variable rate seeding is a step in that direction, and the FieldView advanced seed prescription tool can help to make the process easier, faster and more efficient. I wish you well as spring approaches and hope you have a productive year. If you have any questions, contact your Climate dealer, the Climate Support Team at (888) 924-7475 or

*Based on 14 trials in Canada in 2018