Monsanto division launches FieldView Drive for farmers

The FieldView Plus Starter Kit is $499.
The FieldView Plus Starter Kit is $499.

The new FieldView Drive, launched by a division of Monsanto Co. called The Climate Corp., is a device that provides seamless data connection for farmers to transfer their field data from their farming equipment to their Climate FieldView account via Bluetooth.

“We created FieldView Drive to provide a simple solution to help farmers unlock the value of field data,” said Doug Sauder, senior director of product for The Climate Corp. “FieldView Drive works with our FieldView Plus software to enable farmers to collect, store and view field map data in a single mobile tool in real time. It represents a significant advancement in data management because it provides farmers with the data they need right in the field to help them make important operating decisions.”

The FieldView Drive will help farmers from planning through harvesting by keeping track of yield count. Data by field, soil zone and population will be available to the farmer in real-time as well as being automatically synced to the Climate FieldView account for later viewing. This storing of data will allow the program to send the farmer text alerts, email reports and RemoteView.

“The way I see it, you can’t have too much technology on the farm, as long as it’s simple to use and helps you make important operational decisions,” farmer Scott Chesnut of Boone, Iowa, said. “Each season, I conduct several field trials with varying populations in beans and corn. FieldView Drive helped me better understand the response between one field trial and another through side-by-side comparison of yield maps. Additionally, the portability of being able to view data from multiple pieces of equipment on one iPad was fantastic. This allowed me to easily share data with my son and compare maps to identify and get ahead of potential issues in the field. I'm really looking forward to using FieldView Drive and FieldView Plus again this year, especially as I build a plan for the upcoming growing season."

The FieldView Plus Starter Kit is $499, and farmers who have purchased a Whole Farm Offer of FieldView Pro can purchase the FieldView Drive Starter Package that includes FieldView Drive and an iPad mounting kit for $249.

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