In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the tools that you love and lean on, but we’ve never really walked through the process of using them. As the calendar turns and preparations start for 2022, let us take you on a journey with one of our fields. Follow along with us as we guide you through how a grower uses PROFIT LAYERS® to understand ROIs and profit potential for their fields.
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It all starts with the integration. Once we’ve connected our data (either from John Deere Operations Center, Climate FieldView, CNH, or a flash drive), we can start setting up our operations in PROFIT LAYERS®. Since this is our first time integrating, we let our data sync into our account, and come back a few hours later to dive into the platform.
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We pick a field, then look through the data that processed through the integration. Everything looks good, but a couple prices could be more accurate, so we make those quick updates. We also add an entry for Cash Rent in Other Costs, then set up to generate and view the profit map.
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We’re able to see our profit map after just a few minutes of setup! Some of the areas around the edges of the field show lower profits, which is not too much of a surprise. What is surprising is the lower profits in the northern section of the field (shown in darker red). What happened on the field, and what drove our profits down? It’s time to investigate.
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Using the PROFIT LAYERS® analysis tools, we can dig into our in-field operations to find out what drove profits. There were two varieties planted on this field, but we know that one of them was only on 6 acres of this 115-acre field – that’s not the main culprit of the issue in front of us. We also know that there was a test application sprayed to only part of the field; maybe that will tell us more.
Using the Zone Analysis, we can automatically mark out where we sprayed the test application, then see profits on areas with and without the additional spray. The Zone Analysis shows that there was a significant profit loss in that area of the field, which lines up with our profit map.
The Actions Afterward
PROFIT LAYERS® is designed to unlock insights from your data and help you answer the important questions. On this field, we learned that our Northern zone suffered from lower profits compared to the rest of the field. Looking at the Zone Analysis results of our test application spray, we also discovered that the application lines up perfectly with the areas of lower profit. Based on those insights, we can adjust our plans for next year and shoot for higher profits.
Thank you for joining us on this guided journey through PROFIT LAYERS®! Mid-winter is the perfect time to start preparing for a better data plan next season. If you’re ready to unlock insights from your data, get started by integrating your precision data!
Have more questions about how to best use PROFIT LAYERS® on your own fields? Get in touch with an expert!