A Closer Look at Field Intel

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UPDATE: Field Intel has been improved! Learn more on the Field Intel product page on Morning Farm Report.

Rainfall is a great tool to have on the farm, but that’s just the beginning of what Morning Farm Report has to offer. The next product up in our tiered system is Field Intel: our premier data science product for understanding how the weather is affecting your fields. With a subscription to Field Intel, you get Rainfall plus data and forecasts on temperature, growing degree days (GDD), and crop growth stage. 

Since it's still pretty early in the year, for the purposes of this post we are going to take a look at the historical data for one of our research farms. All of the data shown represents October 31, 2012. 

After choosing a farm, the first thing you will see in Field Intel is the field selection screen.

In this Farm View, you will see the list of all of the fields you have entered into Morning Farm Report. Above the field is a dropdown menu that let’s you switch between what information will be shown on the field cards: either Rainfall totals for yesterday or crop stage for either corn or soybeans.  Since this is looking at historical data from October 31, 2012, after a harvest, the corn in all of our fields is at R6. Throughout a growing season, the growth stage shown will reflect the current growth stage for your crop.

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After selecting a field, scroll down to get more information about that field and change the year and crop the data represents. We currently have historical data back to 2010. If a previous year is chosen, data from October, 31st of that year is shown. More specific date vies are coming soon. 

Right below the that is the Field Forecast section. Here you will see data on rainfall and daily average temperatures for today and forecasts for the next three days, next 7 days, and next 14 days. Looking at these numbers, this was a cold week at our research farm back in 2012.

The next section shows crop growth stage for the selected crop. Crop stages are based on our own phenological model that takes into account planting date and meteorological and environmental variables. Just like in the Field View up above, the crop stage shown is R6 because this is after harvest. 

Next up is data pertaining to your crop’s current critical period. This section shows rainfall, temperature, and GDD for the current growth stage. With this information, you can immediately see how the weather is stressing or benefiting your crops. During this growth stage, there was a total of 5.61 inches of rain, an average temperate of 55.2 degrees Fahrenheit, and a total of 508.6 GDDs.

If you scroll down just a bit, you will see a more detailed look at the stresses that occurred during critical periods. Preseason rainfall and temperatures are detailed, along with values for post planting to emergence, primary growth, pollination and grain fill, and for the whole season up to yesterday. You'll notice that some cards a different color. Our green to red (benefit to stress) color scale lets you know at a glance how your field is doing agronomically. 

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Below Critical Period Analysis is the Weather Status section, which shows Rainfall, temperature, and GDD over longer periods of time. Included are values for yesterday, the last 7 days, the last 30 days, year to date, and the normal year to date based on 30 years of weather data

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The final section of Field Intel visualizes rain, temperature, and GDD, in easy-to-read graphs.  Use the tabs to switch between views and see the trends affecting your growing season. 

Put a team of agronomists and statisticians in your corner with a subscription to Field Intel in Morning Farm Report. If you have any comments or questions about how to best use Field Intel, send us an email.

For more information on how Field Intel can help our your operation, check out this video tutorial and the rest of the videos on our YouTube Channel.