After testing over the past year, The Climate Corporation has announced the launch of its Climate FieldView ag data platform in Western Canada for the 2018 growing season.
“We’re really excited to be able to make this announcement. It’s come from a lot of hard work, as well as making sure we understand farmers needs in the Western Canadian market,” says Denise Hockaday, Canada business lead for The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto, in the interview below.
FieldView has been available in Eastern Canada since last fall, with Ontario corn and soybean production being a natural extension for the company’s data and modelling developed in the U.S. Midwest. The company says almost a million acres are signed up in Eastern Canada.
Around 50 Western Canadian farms received a preview of the platform this past year, as Climate conducted testing to develop compatibility with all types of equipment, including air seeders and anhydrous applicators, as well as crops, including canola, wheat and pulses.
Listen to Denise Hockaday and Kelvin Heppner discuss the process of adapting Climate FieldView to farming in Western Canada:
“If you think about for example, how the crop grows. Corn is very different from oilseed rape (canola), and so the crop modelling needs to be different,” Climate’s chief scientist Sam Eathington told RealAgriculture at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois in late August, discussing plans for Western Canada.
Farmers can collect, store and view their data using the FieldView Drive device, which streams data directly to the FieldView platform. Climate announced a new connectivity agreement with AGCO last week, giving farmers more options for connecting to the FieldView platform. Field data can also be connected through Precision Planting’s monitors and cloud-to-cloud connection with other software systems, including John Deere Operations Center, as well as through manual file upload.
“Part of the challenge with data is managing all of the numbers and having an adequate cloud system to store and effectively analyze the information,” says D’Arcy Hilgartner, farmer near Camrose, Alberta, in a news release.
“The Climate FieldView platform instantly transfers the field data gathered from my farm equipment into my Climate FieldView account, which is especially useful during harvest season because I’m able to see where various crop inputs were used and analyze the corresponding yield. I’ve really enjoyed having this digital platform at my disposal, and I’m excited to see the positive impacts on my business this coming year.”
The FieldView platform is available in Western Canada on a per-acre basis.