After a nice week of dry weather and a good dose of rain, we are looking forward to seeing some green out in the field. As we move past planting, keep a lookout for a new tool to emerge within AgMRI—our VEG row emergence algorithm!
AgMRI’s industry-leading resolution gives you row-by-row insights via the VEG row algorithm, which can be useful in a number of ways:
This time of year, a lot of equipment enters and exits the field. As cultivators, sprayers, and planters pass through, they can impact the field in unexpected ways. For example, improper downforce on a planter can result in seeds planted too shallow or too deep, which field trials show can result in a loss as high as 16 bu/ac. Oftentimes, these issues go undiagnosed as they are too precise to show up on a yield monitor, and undiscernable via the naked eye.
That’s where the VEG algorithm comes in! Last year using AgMRI, one of our customers spotted a repeating straight-line pattern that indicated a problem with the planter.
Even prior to planting, equipment can have a lasting effect on your yield. Compaction is a prevalent but often overlooked issue. As wet as things were early this season, any equipment in the field runs the risk of inhibiting emergence through tire tracks. Using the VEG row can help not only identify these areas, but also determine the cause and severity.
The VEG row algorithm only traces over areas where plants are detected; gaps in the VEG row indicate areas where nothing is growing, highlighting potential replant areas, depending on the size and accessibility of those VEG-less zones.
As your crops pop out of the ground, keep an eye out for the VEG tool to visualize how well the crop is emerging. Sort your fields by the VEG Emergence score to understand how well your plants are emerging across your operation and sort by the emergence score to determine which fields most need your attention.