GeoPard Field Potential maps very often look exactly like yield data.
We create them using multi-layer analytics of historical information, topography, and bare soil analysis.
The process of such synthetic Yield maps is automated (and patented) and it takes about 1 minute for any field in the world to generate it.
Can be used as the basis for:
- Zonal or hybrid Soil sampling (cost reduction on samples ±50%)
- Planning of Carbon Sampling (and following verification)
- Variable Rate fertilizing (P, K)
- VR Planting applications (better to use with topography, Soil or Yield data) with Multi-layer VRA maps
What are Field Potential maps?
Field potential maps, also known as yield potential maps or productivity potential maps, are visual representations of the spatial variability in potential crop yield or productivity within a field. These maps are created by analyzing various factors that influence crop growth, such as soil properties, topography, and historical yield data.
These maps can be used in precision agriculture to guide management decisions, such as variable-rate application of fertilizers, irrigation, and other inputs, as well as to identify areas that require specific attention or management practices.
Some key factors that are typically considered when creating field potential maps include:
- Soil properties: Soil characteristics such as texture, structure, organic matter content, and nutrient availability play a significant role in determining crop yield potential. By mapping soil properties across a field, farmers can identify areas of high or low productivity potential.
- Topography: Factors like elevation, slope, and aspect can influence crop growth and yield potential. For example, low-lying areas may be prone to waterlogging or have a higher risk of frost, while steep slopes may be more susceptible to erosion. Mapping these topographical features can help farmers understand how they affect productivity potential and adjust their management practices accordingly.
- Historical yield data: By analyzing historical yield data from previous years or seasons, farmers can identify trends and patterns in productivity across their fields. This information can be used to create these maps that highlight areas of consistently high or low yield potential.
- Remote sensing data: Satellite imagery, aerial photography, and other remote sensing data can be used to assess crop health, vigor, and growth stage. This information can be used to create these maps that reflect the spatial variability in crop productivity potential.
- Climate data: Climate variables such as temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation can also influence crop growth and yield potential. By incorporating climate data into these maps, farmers can better understand how environmental factors affect productivity potential in their fields.
They are valuable tools in precision agriculture, as they help farmers visualize the spatial variability in productivity potential within their fields. By using these maps to guide management decisions, farmers can optimize the use of resources, improve overall crop yields, and reduce the environmental impact of their agricultural operations.
Difference between Field Potential maps vs Yield data
Field potential maps and yield data are both used in precision agriculture to help farmers understand the spatial variability in their fields and make better-informed management decisions. However, there are some key differences between the two:
These maps are created by integrating data from various sources, such as soil properties, topography, historical yield data, remote sensing data, and climate data. However, this data is collected using yield monitors installed on harvesting equipment, which record the crop yield as it is harvested.
These maps represent an estimation of the potential productivity of a field, which is generally static or changes slowly over time, barring significant changes in soil properties or other influencing factors. However, yield data is specific to a particular growing season or multiple seasons and can vary significantly from year to year based on factors like weather conditions, pest pressure, and management practices.
In summary, field potential maps and yield data are complementary tools in precision agriculture. These maps provide an estimate of the potential productivity of a field, helping farmers identify areas that may require different management practices. Yield data, on the other hand, documents the actual crop output and can be used to assess the effectiveness of management practices and inform future decision-making.Product features