Data

Update Your Prices


To quickly update your prices in ProfitLayers, enter your price within the Price/unit text box. To save the price, click the green Save icon to the right. The cost per acre will automatically update based on the price you enter. You can also update your prices by selecting the Edit button, located near the upper right of each operation. Selecting the Edit button will open the “Edit Operation” screen, which shows information about the operation. To update the price, update the value in the Price text box. Alternatively, you can update the cost per acre, and ProfitLayers will automatically calculate the price of your input.




Show and Hide Operations


You can show and hide select field operations to choose which operations to generate your ProfitLayers map upon. Hidden operations will not factor into the ProfitLayers calculations. To hide an operation, select the “Hide” icon located at the top right of an operation. Hidden entries are stored in a separate dropdown menu, located underneath the “Add Manual Operation” button. To show a hidden operation, open the Hidden Entries menu, then select the “Show” icon located at the top right of an operation. When an operation is hidden, the “Show” icon will replace the “Hide” icon.




Define a Zone Using the Zone Selection Tool


To define a zone, you can Split the field, Draw a zone, Define a grid, or Load in your SSURGO soil layers (for users in the US). Additionally, you can undo your most recent on-field selection, or clear all zone-based edits and start from scratch.




Add a Manual Operation (General Information)


To add a manual operation, select the “Add Manual Operation” button below your current operations. (The “Add Manual Operation” button will customize to the type of operation currently selected, such as “Add Manual Seeding”). Selecting the “Add Manual Operation” button will open the Add Operation interface. The interface shows general operation information to the left, and a map to the right. The operation details section shows major details for the entire operation, as well as details for each zone selected on the field. Verify the different operation details, then select “Save” in the lower right corner to generate the operation for your field. You can create a manual operation with multiple zones by using the Zone Selection Tool. Visit the section “Define a Zone” to learn more about drawing zones.




Update Prices for Your Organization with the Price Converter


The Price Converter converts price units for your operations and saves those prices across your organization, not just one field. To open the Price Converter, select “Price Converter” on the left side navigation menu, or select “Actions” then “Open Price Converter.” The main interface of the Price Converter will show a list of operations and prices, organized by the type of operation (Seeding, Application, Harvest, or Other). To select between different types of operations, use the dropdown menu and select the operation type you would like to see. The operations and prices below will automatically update after a selection is made. Update Prices for Your Organization To update a price, simply update the price within the text box, then select the “Save” icon, the first icon to the right. To the price units, select the “Edit” pencil icon. To remove the operation listing altogether, select the “Delete” trash icon. Selecting the “Edit” pencil icon will open an editor window for the operation selected. Here, you can update the crop, variety, price, and unit for a Seeding or Harvest operation, and product, price, and unit for an Application operation. After updating the details, apply the price to your Organizations. Select the dropdown arrow to open a list of your Organizations. From this list, you can choose which Organizations to apply the new price and units to by selecting each Organization individually, or selecting “Apply to All” Add a Price Entry To add a new price entry, select the “Add” button in the menu corresponding to the operation you wish to add (for example, select “Add” in the Harvest menu to add a harvest price). Selecting “Add” will open the operation price editor menu, with a set of default values pre-loaded. Update the default values, then select your desired organizations and Save. Convert Prices The Price Converter can also help convert prices between different units. For certain operations with units that can vary, like bag or container, you can define the details of that unit, and the Price Converter will handle the price conversions for you. For example, you can add a Seeding operation for soybeans with the seed price known in price per bag (in this case, $47 per bag). Update the unit details below (in this case, 140,000 seeds per bag), and the Price Converter will automatically calculate the true price per seed to be applied to your precision seeding operation. After the units are updated, apply the price to an Organization(s) of your choosing, and save to exit.




Sync Your Precision Data


The ProfitLayers system automatically re-syncs precision ag data at certain intervals. You can view the last previous data sync with your precision ag platform on the upper left side of the ProfitLayers interface. To re-sync your data manually, select “Sync Data Now.” This will open a popup with three options: Organization, Operations, and Boundaries.

  1. Sync Organization will update all data in your Organization. It will be comprehensive, but may take the most time.
  2. Sync Operations will update all precision operations data within your current fields. If you just completed an application pass and want to update the data in Ag-Analytics, Sync Operations is for you.
  3. Sync Boundaries will update any changes to your field boundaries, including the addition of any new fields to your Organization.
Select an option, and ProfitLayers will automatically re-sync with your precision ag platform.




Update Report Settings


You can update your Report Settings to customize your ProfitLayers experience further. Report Settings gives you the ability to update certain report characteristics, such as Net Seeded Area, Per-Acre and Per-Field Values, and High-Resolution ProfitLayers Maps. Net Seeded Area The net seeded area is read from your seeding operations data, and is used as the basis for your field acreage. To update, simply update the value listed in the text box, then save to return to ProfitLayers. Per-Acre and Per-Field Values Changing between Per-Acre and Per-Field Values will change the display type for all costs and revenues of your operations. For example, choosing your data display type in per-acre values will show the costs and revenues of your operations in units of dollars per acre. Changing the data display type to per-field values will show the costs and revenues of your operations in units of total dollars. This value represents the per-acre cost or revenue, multiplied by the total acreage of the operation’s field. After confirming your selection, select Save to return to ProfitLayers. High Resolution ProfitLayers Maps You can generate high-resolution ProfitLayers Maps using this selection. The normal ProfitLayers map resolution is set at an 8-meter grid. The high-resolution ProfitLayers map is generated using a 2-meter grid, but may take longer to generate. To generate a high-resolution map, use the dropdown menu to update “No” to “Yes,” then Save to return to ProfitLayers. Report Name You can name your ProfitLayers report to simplify organization of your ProfitLayers PDF print-outs. By default, your ProfitLayers report will be named as the Field Name, followed by today’s date. To add a custom name, select the green “Edit” icon, then enter your name in the text box that follows. Alternatively, you can also update your report name on the main ProfitLayers interface, at the top right corner, by selecting the green “Edit” icon and saving your custom report name.




Add a Manual Seeding Operation


Verify your Seeding operation details by updating the values for general seeding details, as well as details unique to the zone. Select a seeding date, change crop and crop variety, choose your units, and define your application rate and price.




Add a Manual Harvest Operation


Verify your Harvest operation details by updating the values for general harvest details, as well as details unique to the zone. Select a harvest date, change crop and crop variety, choose your units, and define your yield rate and price. Alternatively, you can create a yield forecast for your field by selecting “Forecast Yield.” To learn more about forecasting a yield, visit the “Forecast Yields with YieldAI” section below.




Add a Manual Application Operation


Verify your Application operation details by updating the values for general application details, tank mix details, and details unique to the zone. Select an application date, set a product name, and choose your unit. Then, define your application by selecting your components, as well as the quantity per acre within the tank mix, unit of chemical, and price per unit. Lastly, define the applied rate of the tank mix, and watch as ProfitLayers automatically calculates the correct tank mix quantities.




Create Operations with Multiple Zones


Creating a manual operation with multiple zones follows the same processes outlined above, but with multiple zones. To create your zones, use the Zone Selection Tool, outlined below.




Forecast Yields with YieldAI


Create a harvest operation based on a yield forecast with the Yield Forecaster powered by Ag-Analytics YieldAI. Select “Forecast Harvest Yield” from the Harvest Revenue main page to begin. To generate a yield forecast, start by selecting a seeding operation that you previously loaded into the field. The seeding operation will automatically provide the crop to be forecasted, as well as the planting date. Next, choose a seeding rate in seeds per acre. Finally, choose a date to harvest the crop. After setting your yield forecast parameters, select “Forecast Yield” to generate your yield forecast.




Export Your Manual Operation Data


To download your operation layers, select “Downloads” within the Edit Operation window, then select the file to download. The downloaded operations data is immediately ready for your machinery. Read on to learn more about creating a manual operation, then create and download a Manual Operation to use as a prescription file.




Zone Selection Tool: Split the Field


To use the Field Split feature, select the “Split Field” icon. Begin by clicking any point outside your field boundary, as the starting point for your split line. Clicking outside your field boundary again will complete the line and split your field, as shown below. You can use the Split Field feature multiple times across your field; each successive split will create new zones along the line. You can also click anywhere inside the field boundary, before completing your line, to create a corner for your line. There is no maximum to how many corners you can create when splitting your field, as long as it is one continuous split line.




Zone Selection Tool: Draw a Zone


To draw a zone over a specific zone on your field, use the Draw Zone Feature. To begin drawing a zone, select the “Draw” button, and start by clicking your first point on your field. Then, click the corners of the zone on the field. To complete your zone, select the first point placed on the field. You can also click multiple points on the field with the Draw Zone feature to make all sorts of shapes for your zone.




Zone Selection Tool: Define a Grid


To select a grid-based zone on your field, select the “Gridded” icon. Immediately after selecting the “Gridded” icon, the field map will display a set of grid squares, as well as two new sets of field controls. The controls across the top of the map allow you to Undo your last selection, Clear all grid squares currently selected, or Cancel selecting a grid altogether. To select your zones using the grid, simply click on a desired grid square within the map. To deselect the grid square, click the square again. All selected grid squares with the same color will automatically create a single zone. To select an additional zone, select the “Next Zone” button. The “Editing Zone” display will show the next zone (in this case, Zone 2). Use the combination of “Previous Zone” and “Next Zone” to navigate between editing zones. After confirming the desired grid and selecting “Finish,” the grid zones will generate. If any portion of a selected grid is outside the field boundary, the grid boundary will automatically snap to the field boundary at that portion. Users can customize grid size and placement on the field by using a combination of the other controls available. Buttons corresponding to grid size, grid rotation, and horizontal and vertical grid movement are located on the left side of the map. Hovering over one of the buttons will open a slider bar, which can be used to interact with the grid. You can rotate and move the grid vertically and horizontally, as well as expand and shrink the side of each individual grid, using the slider bars. Additionally, you can declare your preferred grid size by using the text box above the map.




Zone Selection Tool: Load SSURGO Soil Layers


You can also define zones on your field using SSURGO soil layers. SSURGO is a soil survey data layer detailing the types of soil present on your field. Because it is conducted by the USGS, this feature is only available for fields within the US. To generate SSURGO zones on your field, select the “SSURGO Zones” feature. The zones will appear momentarily.




Add Operations with Crop Templates


By using the Templates Wizard, you can add a set of pre-defined manual operations to your field. To use the Templates Wizard, select “Actions” in the bottom right corner, then select “Generate from Crop Template.” Upon selection, you will be transported to the Templates Wizard. Within the Templates Wizard, use the dropdowns and options to select a template and verify the operations. First, start by selecting the year and crop plan of the template you want. Then, select the year to apply it to. You can also customize the template within your organization by assigning it a new name. Once you have selected your template, the operations from that template will automatically appear in the Templates Wizard. Verify the key factors for each operation, including applied rate, variety, and price. Keep in mind that some templates will also contain operations for applications and tillage. To add an additional operation in the Templates Wizard (for example, seeding or harvest), select the “Add Template Operation” button directly below the current operation. Once your operations are set correctly, select “Generate Layers” to load the operations into your field’s selected year.




Add a Manual Operation Using a Shapefile


You can upload an operation layer shapefile directly to ProfitLayers through the "manual operation" tab. In the manual operation tab, select "Upload Shapefile." Ensure that your shapefile boundaries and location match with the given field, and associate any relevant data points. See the video below for more help.