1. Do I need additional hardware to use FieldNET Advisor?
FieldNET Advisor is an add-on option available within the existing FieldNET web portal. As such, no additional hardware is required once the pivot is connected to FieldNET via one of the following compatible pivot monitoring and control solutions:
- FieldNET Premier RTUs on Zimmatic BOSS, VISION, and AIMS panels w/ position indication
- FieldNET Pivot Control™
- FieldNET Pivot Control Lite
- FieldNET Pro with position indication (note: this is a legacy product no longer available for sale)
2. What if I have multiple crop and/or hybrids or planting dates in one field?
FieldNET Advisor allows for multiple crops, hybrids, and planting dates within the same field. In fact, FieldNET Advisor (and the variable rate irrigation plans it provides) is especially beneficial in this situation, as FieldNET Advisor tracks each crop zone independently and adjusts the irrigation recommendations and VRI plans according to each zones’ varying water requirements throughout the growing season.
3. Is it possible to add a field during the middle of the growing season?
Yes, fields can be added at any point during the season. FieldNET Advisor will automatically pull the season-to-date weather data. If the pivot was on FieldNET all season, it will also automatically pull the season-to-date irrigation data.
4. What crops are currently available?
FieldNET Advisor launched in April 2017 supporting corn and soybeans available. These proprietary crop models have been refined and validated through extensive real-world field tests. Additional crops will continue to be added for the 2018 growing season and beyond.
5. In what regions is FieldNET Advisor available?
FieldNET Advisor launched in April 2017 with full geographic availability in the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, FieldNET Advisor will be available on a limited basis in additional countries, with full global release planned in the near future.
6. What do the different colors on the soil water depletion gauge and in the map view indicate?
|Crop Stress - the defined area or a particular portion of the field is experiencing a soil water depletion level that exceeds the allowable water depletion, which indicates crop water stress is likely|
|Refill Warning - the defined area or a particular portion of the field is experiencing a soil water depletion level that has exceeded the lower “Safety level”, which is a user-defined buffer that indicates when irrigation refill should be completed in advance of crop stress|
|Optimal Water Zone - the defined area or a particular portion of the field is at an optimal soil water depletion level required for the efficient crop water usage|
|Overwatering Warning - the defined area or a particular portion of the field is experiencing a soil water depletion level that is less than the “Rainfall Buffer”, which is a user-defined buffer to help avoid run-off and/or water losses to deep percolation below the root zone (particularly if rain is expected in the forecast)|
|Deep Percolation - the defined area or a particular portion of the field is experiencing water levels that exceed the soil water holding capacity of the area or particular portion of the field and thus, run-off and/or nutrient losses are more likely|
7. For each field and crop zone, what does “Current depletion” indicate?
“Current depletion" is the amount of water that has been removed or depleted from soil below the maximum amount of water that particular soil type is able to hold and is expressed as a depth (inches or millimeters). When the “Current depletion” is at 0 inches/millimeters, the soil is said to be at “field capacity” and is unable to hold additional water without run-off and/or deep percolation.
8. Since there are multiple zones within my field that have varying depletion levels, which zone does FieldNET Advisor display in the field summary (e.g., in the soil water depletion gauge for each field)?
FieldNET Advisor displays the zone with the lowest available water percentage for the current day. This value is also represented in the soil water gauge and in the “Current Depletion” shown in the list view of all your FieldNET Advisor fields, as well as in the summary box on the field dashboard screen.
9. Can I make manual adjustment to the growth stage in FieldNET Advisor if I desire?
Yes. FieldNET Advisor uses proprietary models to track the crop’s development stage throughout the season. This information can be viewed within the “Crop Information” table displayed on the “Crop Data” page. If the actual growth stage observed in the field varies from the FieldNET Advisor projection, the growth stage within FieldNET Advisor can be manually updated by changing the starting date of the observed growth stage, which is found by clicking “Properties” and then selecting the “Crop Zones” submenu. FieldNET Advisor will then automatically recalculate, taking this adjustment into account.
10. Does FieldNET Advisor replace the need for growers to scout their fields?
FieldNET Advisor is intended to provide growers with science- and data-based information to help them make better, more informed irrigation decisions; however, it should not be relied upon to replace regular field scouting to confirm their irrigation decisions and does not replace a farmer’s knowledge of the unique nuances of their fields.
11. Is a weather station required?
No, a weather station is not required, as FieldNET Advisor automatically pulls the highest quality hyper-local, hyper-accurate field-specific weather data for your fields. A trial was completed to compare the accuracy of the historic and forecasted weather data from several leading localized weather providers at numerous locations across N. America and the rest of the world to ensure FieldNET Advisor was using the highest quality weather data available. For most growers, this weather data is sufficiently accurate to power the generation of accurate irrigation recommendations. However, for growers that prefer an in-field weather station, FieldNET Advisor is compatible with Growsmart weather stations. In this case, data from the Growsmart weather station is utilized by FieldNET Advisor, instead of the historical virtual-weather data, and the hyper-local forecasted weather will still be supplied by our virtual weather provider.
12. Do I need a separate subscription for FieldNET Advisor in addition to my existing FieldNET subscription?
Yes, in order to use FieldNET Advisor you must first have a FieldNET subscription for the pivot you wish to add to FieldNET Advisor. The existing FieldNET subscription provides all the remote monitoring and control capabilities for your pivot in the field. Then, by adding a FieldNET Advisor subscription, FieldNET Advisor automatically begins pulling the as-applied irrigation history for that pivot, as well as all of the additional data inputs to begin delivering you the advanced smart-irrigation features and recommendations included with FieldNET Advisor.
13. To take full advantage of FieldNET Advisor (during the entire year) – do I need a full year FieldNET subscription for my pivot?
FieldNET Advisor subscriptions are all 12-month. However, to receive the actual as-applied irrigation data from the irrigation equipment in the field, it must have an active FieldNET subscription. Thus, FieldNET Advisor will track the depletion for the duration of the 12-month FieldNET Advisor subscription, but to get the full benefits of the tool the attached pivot should also have an active subscription throughout the irrigation season at minimum.
14. If you have a FieldNET outage and you are in plan mode, will it continue to run the current advisor plan?
Once the grower starts a FieldNET Advisor VRI plan on a field, the file containing that plan is transmitted to the FieldNET hardware on the pivot and is stored locally (requiring no additional connectivity to execute the VRI plan). Thus, if a FieldNET outage or loss of connectivity occurs at any point, the pivot will continue to run the current FieldNET Advisor plan that was transmitted to the device in the field.