Customize Your ProfitLayers Map
To edit the ProfitLayers profit ranges, click and drag any of the profit breakpoints, then select “Apply Range Update.” A new ProfitLayers map will generate with the corresponding color ranges and profit breakpoints.
You can also further customize your ProfitLayers map by editing the profit ranges. To do so, open the Profit Range Editor by selecting either the “Edit Profit Ranges” button or the “Edit Profit Ranges” text link.
The Profit Range Editor menu will immediately appear. In the Profit Range Editor, you can select the quantity of profit ranges, the profit breakpoints, the range colors, and the profit range template.
Use the slider range at the top to select your desired number of profit ranges. To edit the profit range breakpoint values, simply use the text boxes to type and update the profit breakpoints. To change the corresponding profit range colors, select the colored circle to the left of the profit range. A color picker will appear, allowing you to select the color or enter RGB color coordinates.
Save and Select Profit Range Templates
You can save a set of profit ranges and color schemes as a template to apply to other ProfitLayers maps. Once your colors and profit ranges are set, select the “Save Template” option. A text box will appear, where you can name your template. To finish, select the green “Save” icon.
All saved templates can be accessed in the dropdown menu to the right, labeled “Select Template.” To apply one, select the dropdown menu to view your options, then select a template.
View Your Field Elevations
In addition to the profit map, ProfitLayers provides several other map layers for additional analysis and insights. Transition to the Elevation Map by selecting the “Elevation Map” option on the navigation bar to the left.
The Elevation Map is generated from elevation data collected during your integrated precision operations. Below the Elevation Map, the Elevation Map Summary shows color ranges and elevation values for your field.
For certain fields within the US that don’t have integrated precision data associated with them, the Elevation Map will pull data from the Digital Elevation Model, a geospatial elevation dataset managed by the USGS.
In addition to the Elevation Map, ProfitLayers provides Elevation Indices for your US-based field. The four Elevation Indices are Relative Elevation, Slope, Topographic Position Index (TPI), and Terrain Ruggedness Index (TRI). To learn more about Elevation Indices, continue reading below.
To select and view an Elevation Index, select your Index of interest from the dropdown menu to the upper left side.
Relative elevation is a normalized elevation metric that measures how much higher or lower a certain portion of the field is, compared to the average elevation of the entire field.
Maximum slope is measured at each point on the field by taking the gradient of the elevation at each point. By calculating the maximum slope at every point, it is possible to tell whether a given point may be a place where water can pool, or run off.
Topographic Position Index (TPI)
Topographic Position Index (TPI) is a method of measuring the elevation of a given point, compared to a neighborhood of surrounding points. TPI determines the local neighborhood to identify high and low areas in small field sections.
Terrain Ruggedness Index (TRI)
The Terrain Ruggedness Index (TRI) calculates how rough a given area is in terms of local hilliness and steepness of the field’s slope gradient.
Compare Maps in Side-By-Side View
To view all the relevant maps for your field in a side-by-side comparison view, select “View All” on the left-hand navigation menu.
The Comparison View shows your field’s ProfitLayers map, Elevation map, field-level Operations maps, and the Variety map in individual containers. These boxes can be moved around anywhere within the Comparison View section interface by clicking on the heading area (the area with the map title) on any container.
When first accessed, the Comparison View automatically loads in one copy of your ProfitLayers map, Elevation map, Operations map, and Variety map. To add more copies of any map, select “Add Map Panel” at the upper left corner.
Doing so will load in a new map, with dropdown menu controls for selecting the type of map.
Analyze Field Zones with Zone Analysis
Use the Zone Analysis tool to analyze your profits on certain sections of your field. To do so, load in a zone in one of three ways: Load a zone based on an Operation, load zones based on your field’s SSURGO layers (US only), or draw a custom zone on the field.
Load In an Operation Zone
To load in a zone based on your field operations, use the dropdown menu selection located near the top left corner of the map. Within the expanded dropdown, you will find choices for your seeding, application, and harvest operations on the field.
Select any operation, and the zones for that operation will appear on the map. Specifically, the zones correspond to areas applied, and areas not applied. This is true for applications, seedings (areas seeded and areas not seeded), and harvests (areas harvested and areas not harvested).
In the example below, an application has been applied on a strip cutting through the middle of the field.
To view the profit breakdowns for applied and non-applied zones, use the “All Zones” dropdown on the top right corner of the map to select between Applied and Non-Applied Zones.
Load In SSURGO Zones
For users within the US, you can load in your SSURGO layers by selecting “SSURGO” on the dropdown menu at the upper left corner.
Draw a Zone
You can draw a zone with controls similar to the Zone Selection Tool. For more details on drawing a zone, visit the Zone Selection Tool entry in the
Data section of the Help Center.
Find Trends with the Scatter Plot Analysis
Use the Scatter Plot Analysis to see a breakdown of profit and other metrics against key variables to better understand your sources of profitability and cost.
To change the axis variables, use the dropdown menus located above the Scatter Plot Analysis. Click to open the dropdown menu and view all possible metrics and variables, including profit, elevation, terrain, and your seeding, applications, and harvest operations.
Push Your ProfitLayers Map to John Deere Operations Center
To push your ProfitLayers map to John Deere Operations Center, select the Push Profit Map button located on the top right corner of the interface.
This will push your ProfitLayers map, with its associated profit values and ranges, as a layer to John Deere Operations Center. You can view the ProfitLayers map in Field Analyzer and Field Analyzer Beta.
View a Breakdown of Profits by Variety
The Variety Breakdown shows average profit values for each crop variety planted on the field. Each variety planted on the field, according to seeding operations, is shown with its corresponding profit per acre. To view a breakdown of your profits by variety, toggle the Variety Breakdown below the profit map.
The profit range slider will be replaced by the Variety Breakdown chart, below your ProfitLayers map.