Welcome back to Adapt-N for the 2017 Season! This post contains highlights of key updates to the system. Don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
New training videos available
When you first log in, you’ll see a set of updated training videos, appropriate for both new and experienced users. Consider taking a few minutes to see recorded demonstrations of Adapt-N, showcasing many of these new features.
Field Rec Export Tool Enhancements
The Field Recommendation Export tool has a new feature which lets you select a maximum application rate for the primary nitrogen product. If a second nitrogen product is selected, the remainder of the full N rec for a given part of the field will be allocated to that product automatically. A good example is if you want to apply a maximum of 5 gal/ac of a custom product, but parts of your field call for more Nitrogen than would be provided by 5 gallons. This configuration would accomplish that objective:
Three other updates have also been made to this tool:
- When choosing a Shapefile as the export type, you can customize the name of the exported file.
- The percentage for the Remaining Nitrogen Product now automatically adjusts if you select a percentage below 100% for the primary Nitrogen Product.
- The PDF included with the exported Shapefile now has map colors that correspond with the adjusted recommendation, as opposed to the original recommendation.
Change Field Mode Tool Supports All Options
When looking at the Fields & Zones view, click the Field menu and select Change Field Mode if you’d like to adjust or reset the zone management approach to an existing field. This tool has been updated to provide the full suite of configuration options that exist when creating a field from scratch. This includes all three field modes (point-based, zone-based, grid-based), as well as all zone creation options:
- None: you’ll draw your zones by hand.
- Single Zone: create one zone for the whole field.
- By Soil Type: use the soil survey database to create zones.
- Shapefile: select a shapefile for use in creating management zones (you can also choose an attribute from the shapefile for zone names, and can optionally choose whether to combine management zones of identical names).
- Management Zones: if the field is connected to an external system and Management Zones exist in that system, this button will show up. When pressed, a list of Available Management Zones will be displayed.
Note that when using the Change Field Mode tool, the new field needs to be fully configured (configuration data other than Boundary do not carry over from the source field, as differences in zone geometry result in different spatial interpretations of source configuration data).
Variable Rate Manure Application Support
Users applying manure at variable rates throughout the field, or users who utilize more than one source of manure on a given field, can now upload Shapefiles via the Field Config tool. This feature functions in a similar fashion to the existing support for variable rate existing nitrogen applications and variable rate irrigation applications.
Zone Stats on Field Recommendation Page
Users looking at a field recommendation can now see a summary of various zone recommendation statistics, including N Loss, Mineralization, Uptake, Virtual PSNT, and more. These show the min, average, and max values for the same output parameters shown on the individual zone recommendation detail pages.
New Integration Available:
Adapt-N has released an initial integration with the John Deere Operations Center. Please contact email@example.com if you would like it enabled on your account. The integration lets users import field boundaries from John Deere Operations Center, and subsequently transmit completed Adapt-N recommendations back to John Deere Operations Center’s File page. Users who have authenticated with the John Deere Operations Center will be able to upload Adapt-N recommendations to Operations Center from any field, not just those originally imported from John Deere. Future enhancements are planned.
Field import methods across agX and Agrian integrations have been standardized, so that the same options exist for single- and bulk-field import options. These enhancements include:
- User preferences enabling the automatic syncing of soil survey, soil organic matter, and soil pH data (when available) at the time of field creation.
- Ability to fully configure fields (grid-based fields included) while importing multiple fields at once with the Bulk Import tab. This is a great way to get your fields ready to go, then come back and tweak them individually as needed.
EFC Systems' FieldAlytics product has completed a full integration with the Adapt-N API. This enables FieldAlytics users to create powerful variable rate Adapt-N recommendations without ever leaving their native interface. Contact EFC Sytems support for additional questions.
Agronomic Modeling Enhancements
The Adapt-N research team continually makes optimizations and improvements to the underlying scientific modeling based on research efforts, strip trial results, and observations from users. Highlights of this year’s enhancements include:
- Addition of Soil pH as an optional configuration input.
- Improvements to the way mineralization is simulated in very high organic matter soils.
- Addition of Previous Crop options for Wheat.
- Addition of an "Additional N Credits" value on recommendations, showing the explicit outputs from manure and previous crops.
Recap of Previous Updates
If you missed some of our previous updates, here are highlights of some of our more popular enhancements from 2016:
- Training Mode enables users to run prior-season recommendations at no charge.
- Crop Emergence and Soil Nitrate Observations can be entered to improve calibration of the model.
- Modifying Recommendation Parameters enable local conditions to be used for for crop prices, nitrogen costs, and pounds of N needed per expected bushel of yield.
- Adjusting Rooting Depth based on field observations improves the accuracy of modeled N losses during the season.
- Read the full release notes from January 2017