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Fieldview Plus User Updates for 2017 Season

It’s time to prepare for the 2017 growing season. Here are a few tips to enhance your Fieldview Plus experience.

  1. Update your iPad and Smart Phone
    1. Update Fieldview App (Black App) to version 4.3.0
      1. iPhone: Go to App Store and select update all on the bottom right.
      2. Android: Go to Play Store. Search for Climate Fieldview and select update.
    2. Update Fieldview Cab App (Grey App) to version 6.0.1
      1. iPad: Go to App Store and select update all on the bottom right.
    3. Update to iOS 10.2
      1. iPad: Go to Settings, General, Software Update
        1. Be connected to Wifi and it’s best to be plugged into power.
  2. Off load Fieldview Drive
    1. If you had iOS 10 issues this fall, make sure all the harvest data has been sent to the Fieldview Cab App.
    2. On the Fieldview Cab App, select Settings, Devices, Edit, and review Off Load Status. You want each field to be at 100%.
    3. If the data is not 100% off loaded, activate the Drive in the combine, connect Cab App to the Drive, and Cloud Sync.
  3. Upload Maps
    1. Planting Maps: Upload past planting maps
      1. Used to generate field region reports
    2. Harvest Maps: Upload past yield maps
      1. Used to generate field region reports
      2. Used to create management zones for the Nitrogen Advisor*
      3. Used to create Manual or Advanced Scripts*
        1. Advance Scripts require 2 years of yield history
    3. Soil Maps: Upload soil maps
      1. Used to create field region reports
      2. Used to create management zones for the Nitrogen Advisor*
      3. Used as layer to review Manual or Advanced Scripts*
  4. Create Manual Seeding Scripts
    1. Create seeding scripts utilizing yield maps, soil maps, and field health images
    2. Export seeding scripts to monitor

*Nitrogen Advisor and Advanced Scripts are available on the Pro platform. Pro can be purchased at any time for the 2017 season. Climate is also offering the opportunity to upgrade 2 fields to Pro this season for free.

Contact Betsy for guidance. To learn more about Nitrogen Advisor and Advance Scripts, read Fieldview Pro Overview for 2017.







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Fieldview Pro Overview for 2017


Fieldview Pro includes all features of the Prime and Plus tiers, plus it provides the Nitrogen Advisor and Advance Scripts. These tools have been enhanced for the 2017 season.

Here is a brief overview:

Advanced Scripts

The Advanced Scripts uses 2 years of yield history and Gen 5 data from Monsanto. There is a 3 part process in generating the automated scripts:

  1. Management zones are identified
  2. Population is assigned to the zones based on hybrid selection
  3. Economic factors are considered

Scripts can be altered to fit the planter’s technology ability by adjusting the number of population zones.

Nitrogen Advisor

The Nitrogen Advisor has been enhanced from the 2016 version to manage nitrogen on a sub-field level. Your soil maps will be used in replace of SURGO Maps to enhance accuracy. If you want to utilize the Nitrogen Advisor, update your nitrogen application plan for 2017. You will be able to monitor nitrogen status and review side dress application decisions instantly.


For more details, contact Betsy.

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Compare current precip to historical averages on Climate Fieldview’s App

Many farmers like to keep track of precipitation to project yield potential of their crop. I like to compare the current precipitation to historical averages. This helps me put a number the terms “dry”, “wet”, or “adequate”.

As we start the month of July, I wanted to give you an idea of how “dry” our area is. Here are local season to date precipitation compared to the 10 year average. The (-) represents short of the 10 year average.

Garden City -6.5″, Radcliffe -5.7″, Ackley -5.0″, Hubbard -4.7″, Austinville -4.3″, Eldora -3.7″, New Providence -3.4″, Geneva -2.9″, Wellsburg -2.7″, Iowa Falls -2.6″

I used to log on at and run a comparison on the past weather tab. It took time to do this on every field and I needed access to a computer.

Now it’s very easy to access this information on your fields. When you log on to the Climate Fieldview App on your smart phone, an Overview screen will appear. Tap on Rainfall.


It will default to the Last 24 Hours precipitation. To the right, tap on Season to Date. You will then see if precipitation is above or below normal compared to the 10 year average.




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Benefits of precision reporting

Everyone wants to save time and money! I am not sure if you can actually save it, but I am sure you can manage it. Using precision monitors for crop insurance record keeping can help manage time and money.

Manage Time 

Record keeping takes time. Precision reporting requires the seeding map and wet weight map from the precision monitor and a calibration report.

No load logs.

No scale tickets.

No bin measurements.

No feeding records.

If Automated Crop Reporting is used, the acreage report and production report would be automatically completed. The agent and the farmer would also know if a crop insurance claim applies when the farmer leaves the field. No figuring necessary. The system would update and provide notification.

Manage Money 

Precision technology is accurate. The actual planted acres from the seeding map will be used on the acreage report, not the FSA acres. Typically, FSA acres are slightly higher than actual planted acres. This saves crop insurance premium. Also, total production reported on less acres would increase yield. Building an actual production history is important in a claim year.

Total production should be within 3%. This is verified by calibration. There could easily be more variance in load logs and bin measurements. Accurate production is important to building an accurate actual production history.

Precision reporting claims are easy to adjust and can be done in a timely manner. Therefore, a claim payment can be provided in a timely manner.

Accurate and efficient record keeping provides value. Precision crop insurance reporting is a useful management tool to consider. Contact me at or check out my other blog posts: 3 ways to use precision monitors for crop insurance reporting and Tips for using precision monitors for crop insurance reporting.



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Manage Nitrogen Levels

Did you apply manure or anhydrous this fall?

If so, do you have a plan to develop spring application decisions?

Climate Fieldview Pro’s Nitrogen Advisor can provide you with data to help you make your spring application decisions. Adequate nitrogen levels provides the opportunity to advance yield and manage input cost.

How did heavy precipitation this fall impact nitrogen levels?

In North Central Iowa, we received 2.5-3 inches of rain on December 11 and 12. Let’s take a look at the impact of 4 different fall nitrogen applications.

Fall Application #1 – Applied Swine Manure on November 10

Beans to Corn Rotation – 171 lbs N

Estimated Nitrogen Loss: 28 lbs N/ acre

This is the estimated nitrogen loss for this heavy precipitation event.

Projected Nitrogen at Maturity: 4 lbs N/acre

This projects the nitrogen availability at maturity assuming “normal expected” weather the rest of the season. As extreme weather happens, the Nitrogen Advisor will update and provide new projections.

Beans to Corn Manure Nov 10

Corn on Corn- 219 lbs N 

Estimated Nitrogen Loss: 33 lbs N/acre

Projected Nitrogen at Maturity: -6 lbs N/acre

Corn on Corn Manure Nov 10 Continue reading


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Crop Fire

The fire departments have been very busy in our area fighting field fires this past week. Prior to today, the last time Ackley received rainfall was on September 18th.

Ackley Rainfall

Ackley Rainfall

If a combine starts a fire in your field, are you protected?

The MPCI (Multi-Peril Crop Insurance) policy excludes any act by any person that affects the yield, quality, or price of the insured crop (e.g. chemical drift, fire, terrorism, etc.). An 85% Revenue Protection policy might seem to be comfortable protection, but unfortunately this policy will not be adequate to protect you against man-made fire.

Although in the event of a production/revenue loss situation, a claim payment would be received for the fire damaged acres. For example, 5 acres out of a 40 acre field was damaged by man-made fire. The remaining 35 acres produced 200 bushels per acre. The adjuster would add 1,000 bushels to the production (200 bushels per acre x 5 acres = 1,000 bushels) when adjusting the claim. Therefore, the farmer would get paid the production/revenue loss for the 5 acres at the same rate as the other 35 acres in field. Although, the farmer cannot use the 1,000 bushels towards his APH. Only the actual production from the 35 acres can be used to calculate the APH.

To protect a crop against man-made fire, a Crop Hail policy and/or a Fire Only policy can be purchased. A Crop Hail policy provides protection against more than just hail. Man-made fire, among other coverage, is standard on most Crop Hail policies. Farmers today are commonly using crop hail policies to bridge the gap between the expected revenue of the crop and the MPCI coverage level. Thus, the coverage level selected is less than the value of the crop. Is this enough protection against man-made fire?

A Fire Only policy can provide more fire protection at a lower rate than Crop Hail. A farmer that has $300/acre Crop Hail protection may want to purchase $500/acre Fire Only protection to protect an $800/ acre corn crop. Fire Only policies are purchased in the fall and are valid for 60 days.

Contact me, Betsy Harms, 641-847-3555, or your crop insurance agent to discuss fire protection.





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Farm Bill Frenzy – Lunch Meeting


Tuesday, December 16th

Ackley Pizza Ranch

12:00 Noon

Meeting to follow


Find out what you need to know  about the 2014 Farm Bill.

ARC-PLC Decision Making Tools providing Examples and Scenarios

How To: Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres

Understand the following…

Beginning Farmer & Rancher

APH Yield Exclusion Option

Supplemental Coverage Option

Conservation Compliance Requirements

Native Sod