Windfield US and The Climate Corporation are joining forces again to create a new ag tool. The two companies are implementing a two-way cross navigation exchange between Winfield’s R7 Tool and Climate Corp’s Climate Fieldview platform. The new enhancements are expected to roll out in two phases in time for 2017 crop season planning, and provide retailers with a more streamlined process to help them visualize and use data.
“Our aim is to help foster better adoption of ag technology tools so retailers can then use those capabilities to help farmers make more profitable and agronomically sound decisions,” said Mike Vande Logt, chief operating officer, Winfield US. “Technology is changing rapidly, and retailers and farmers who don’t avail themselves of its many benefits may find themselves at risk of being left behind.”
Phase 1 is expected to launch in October and will assist ag retailers make seed recommendations that best fit a field’s profile. This enhancement will be available to retail sales personnel through navigation from the Climate FieldView platform’s prescription tools to the R7 Tool, which accesses Answer Plot Program data. Phase 2 is expected to launch in March 2017 and will help retailers address in-season issues, such as nitrogen management. It will provide navigation from the R7 Tool to the Climate FieldView platform and make it easy for retailers to access nitrogen monitoring, field health, and variable rate seeding prescription features.
“Easy data integration between the Climate FieldView platform and retailer software systems is an important step in enabling farmers and their trusted advisors to collectively make data-driven, decisions with confidence,” explained Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation, a Monsanto company. “We’re thrilled to have an advanced data connectivity partnership between the Climate FieldView platform and the R7 Tool so Winfield US retailers can easily navigate between the two platforms for a more collaborative experience with their Climate FieldView customers.”
In addition, the R7 Tool will be enhanced beginning in October where the technology will be updated to be faster, more user-friendly and customiizable with a single platform accessible for PC, laptop or tablet. According to Winfield, enhancements will include new functionality that enables retailers to create a multi-hybrid prescription for variable-rate seeding recommendations.