FieldClimate MANUAL & NEW RELEASES’ NOTES
25.2.2021 – Rice release
What’s New in FarmView?
FarmView Premium Service got a crop zone management page:
- FarmView Premium Service requires a license.
- New FarmView Irrimet screen offers PAW in % of available water and complements already existing Available Water in mm.
- FarmView will start working with a licenses system from 25/02. Different licensing packages will be available for a full experience with FarmView.
- Stay tuned for the new Satellite module release in March 2021.
What’s New in FieldClimate?
- Support of new camera control unit: now its possible to monitor and evaluate clima data together with your iScout and CropVIEW imagery
- Two camera systems can be connected to one camera control unit
- API integration of Davis WeatherLink stations to FieldClimate platform. Davis sensors can be linked to Disease models, Irrimet and Soil moisture modules. Ingest service requires a license.
More about the activation process in the video.
Where to get licenses for FarmView and other FieldClimate services:
- Ask your distributor, visit our online store: shop.metos.at, or contact us: email@example.com
- As a FieldClimate user, you can activate and configure your licenses directly on the FieldClimate portal: ng.fieldclimate.com – User menu – Product Activation. Active licenses are visible also in the User menu – User licenses
What’s New in FarmView?
FarmView Premium Service got a crop zone management page:
- Cropzones and fields can be now viewed at glance via our management page in the upper right menu.
- The page offers options to view, sort, filter, edit, delete or rename cropzones, fields and farms.
- We also added an option to show or hide already finished cropzones. The option is available in the management page or at the bottom of the cropzone list in the upper right menu.
- You and your workers are even better connected. The irrigation events are visible to any logged-in user(s) instantly after storing.
- Your irrigation parameters and model recommendations can be viewed or exported into xls format.
- We don’t stop expanding our existing modules. Irrimet module now has a better design to make the data interpretation easy to read.
What’s New in FieldClimate?
- Users can add species to be used for manual annotations on iScout imagery.
FieldClimate notifications & alerts – Integration with latest FieldClimate Apps:
- On the FieldClimate portal you can now configure your sensor alerts, which can trigger an email or a push-notification sent to your smartphone.
- Server alerts require read-write station access for your FieldClimate user account.
- FieldClimate mobile app can receive users’ alerts as FieldClimate notifications on the smartphone. The logged-in user in the app must be the one with the configured alerts on the web portal. Get the latest FieldClimate mobile app from official stores: [Play Store, App Store].
Disease model updates:
- Wheat and Barley: Drechslera teres, Drechslera graminea
Ingest service added:
- Generic data import for 3rd party IoT sensors and data loggers via FieldClimate API is available
- Dashboard widget updates
- Reception of FieldClimate Push-Notifications. To be configured on FieldClimate.
- Weather Summary: customizable sensor selection and order [videos: customization, device selection].
- Soil Moisture: colors and ranges based on editable soil water budget information [video].
- Map View: last position for trackers is shown.
- Station Overview: added plant-available water.
- UI fixes, support for 20 languages.
- Farmview Premium Service: you are enabled to:
- document your field by providing borders, crop, management dates and related iMETOS® sensors
- document your irrigation operations with help of easy-to-use calendar
- learn how much and when to irrigate
- prioritize irrigation strategies within your farm
- General improvements:
- Special characters are allowed in custom names during device registration
- Station list stays during typing and automatically disappears when getting out of focus
- Pressure switches are now visible in soil moisture page
- Work planning:
- Fine tuned plant protection recommendation graph for low delta T
- Added harvesting window under work planning page
- Chart visualization includes varying amplitudes besides colors for the hourly values
- Active trackers:
- Optimization of data handling and presentation: faster page load and resource optimization
- Complete trip segmentation handling overhaul: precise trip calculation and trip duration
- Functionality of reports and service intervals needed to be temporary removed
FieldClimate is the cloud for owners of iMETOS® Systems.
All iMETOS® devices are sending data to the web servers of FieldClimate and are easily accessible through desktop website or mobile apps. This way, data can be reached from anyplace and anytime.
10.1.1 TIME ZONE AND LOCATION SETTINGS
10.1.2 LOGGING AND TRANSFER SETTINGS
10.1.3 iMETOS CropVIEW® and iMETOS iSCOUT® CONFIGURATION PAGE
10.2 SENSORS AND NODES
10.3 SMS WARNINGS
10.3.1 PHONE NUMBERS
10.3.2 SETUP SMS WARNING
This feature has been introduced in our new database system, but it will work only if the time zone of the device is set correctly. We recommend checking Station Setting > Configuration > Station Time Zone. If the station time zone is not properly set, you find a warning message. You can store the time zone simply by clicking on SAVE LOCATION.
Yes, your names and units defined in the old version are imported and the system continue to overwrite with settings of the old version until you click on the DISABLE AUTO-SYNC button in Station Settings Page. If you are ready to use preferable the ng.fieldclimate.com, we recommend to click on this button to disable the automatic synching and your new setting will be regularly saved. Once you press this button for on of your stations, the setting is extend to all stations in your account.
FieldClimate is the cloud platform used to present agrometeorological data collected by iMETOS® weather stations and data loggers.
Key changes with the New Generation of FieldClimate:
- Renewed user interface based on widgets
- Improved vizualization of data
- Fasted and more flexible
- All iMETOS® services integrated on one platform as a holistic solution
Once your account has been successfully created, insert your username and password to login and the main dashboard will appear to you. On the top right corner there are two icons which represent the first steps to use the powerful FieldClimate platform and to set the main configurations. The two icons symbolize (from left to right) user menu and station list which functions are explained below. Through Navigation bar, which is located on the left side, you can select other pages or go back to the Main Dashboard.
1.3.1 ADD/REMOVE STATION 1.3.2 USER SETTINGS 1.3.3 API SERVICES
1.3.1 ADD/REMOVE STATION
Click on the icon user menu: here you can add or remove stations and access to other user settings. To add your device, click on user menu > Add/Remove station. It will ask you for a Station ID number and a station key. Now the little silver colored sticker which came with your iMETOS® has to be used. This sticker contains two keys. Key 1 gives the power to change all the settings on the iMETOS® whereas key 2 is only valid to see the data of the system. To be able to set up the iMETOS® please enter the key 1 here. If you entered the correct key your station list will be enlarged by this iMETOS® and it can be selected. In User Settings password can be changed.
1.3.2 USER SETTINGS
Click on User menu > User Settings to change and update the user settings. In particular, you can update the password, personal information and more settings like the language and the unit (metric or imperial). Remember to update the settings once you finished.
2. Click the “GRANT ACCESS” button, and this may take a couple of minutes, but you will be redirected to the John Deere Operations Centre Organization. Note: in order to be redirected you need to have a John Deere Operation Center account.
3. You will be asked to connect to a John Deere account. Click the “ALLOW” button and also check the “Don’t ask me again for this client” box
4. In FieldClimate choose the John Deere Organization you want to connect with. You will then be presented with a list of station/devices. Click YES to which ones you want to connect to the John Deere Operation Center. All stations/devices will be listed, but only the ones that you have Key 1 access for will be connected. In other words, key 2 stations cannot be connected to My John Deere.
5. Once you have granted access to the FieldClimate stations/devices you will be connected to the John Deere Operation Centre (image below).
6. If you want to add stations or devices later, you can by clicking YES to connect to my John Deere. Again, to add a station/device you need to have Key 1 access.
Click on the Station List icon which allow you to choose among all the METOS devices and select a single one. Each station has its own serial number, custom name and its last communication: you can find the station by name or serial number. It is possible also to see if the iMETOS® device has the plant disease or weather forecast licenses active. Remember that for these services you need to have the corresponding licenses active.
Thanks to the new Dashboard, with a widgets structure, the user can manage better the fast access to the services of highest interest between historical data, localized high-precision weather predictions, disease models, soil moisture data, CropVIEW images, insect traps and other DSS (Decision Support Systems). When you selected your METOS device, the site will reload and you will see the main Dashboard. You can completely customize Dashboard with data of your interest (tables and graphs). For example, you can edit the Dashboard adding or removing widgets.
Clicking the “Edit Dashboard” button, a bar over each widget will appear whereas you can add one, edit its width or remove it.
Click the “Add Widget” button and a new window will appear and you have to insert:
- Select the widget type.
- Insert the widget title.
- Insert the widget descriptions and choose the color for the window.
Now you can choose the widget type from: Station list, Station data table, Station chart, Weather forecast, Station maps, CropVIEW, iSCOUT and Diseases models.
Click “More options” and more edits appear. You can also move the widget into the Dashboard or remove it. In addition to that, you can group the data hourly or daily and select the last period of time to display (8h, 24h, 48h, 72h). If you click the “Profile” button you can choose the type of data between All sensors (it includes all the sensors connected on the iMETOS® device) and the other groups such as Disease climate, Growing climate, Wind monitoring, Frost and Temperature monitoring Soil or Precipitation monitoring. Be sure to click the ”Refresh” button after making any changes to all settings, otherwise edits will be lost.
When you select the second icon on the left side, the site will reload and you will be redirected to a page where all data from your station is represented in graphs and tables. You can access the structured menu, which is following the frequency you will need the different entries. It can be used to open graphs and tables of:
- All sensors.
- Disease related climate sensors.
- Plant growing related climate sensors.
- Sensors for frost and temperature monitoring.
- Sensors for soil and precipitation monitoring.
- Station Health.
Once you chose the METOS device and the group of data on the left side, you can customize your Menu. If you click the “From-To Mode” button, insert the period of time using the calendar to show the data. You can group data by raw, hourly, daily or monthly and select the last period of time to display in the graph, i.e. plot data every one hour in the last 24 h. In the following buttons you can move backward or forward in your data, and furthermore show the oldest and the newest data. There is the possibility to export charts as image and table as “.csv”. Clicking on the Toggle Charts will be plotted some graphs and on Toggle Table will appear the table with all the data.
Be sure to click the “Refresh button” after making any changes to all settings to show the new chart or table.
On the left side all the sensors which belong to each group of data are represented and you can select just that ones of your interest in order to plot their data in charts or tables.
When you plot a toggle table, you can arrange it by date clicking on “Data/Time”. Columns can also be moved and column width is adjustable.
Virtual Sensors provide readings of physical properties that are not measured directly but derived from the readings of other sensors.
ET0 daily evapotranspiration is calculated with the FAO-56 Penman-Monteith equation and needs measurements (sensors) of:
- Air temperature
- Air humidity
- Solar radiation
- Wind speed
For more detailed information visit Virtual sensors page.
Vapour pressure deficit requires an hygroclip sensor (air temperature and relative humidity) and is in a close relationship to evapotranspiration. VPD is an indication that takes into account the effect of temperatures on the water-holding capacity of the air, which is what drives transpiration of the leaf surface (transpiration occures when water pressure in leaves is higher then air vapour pressure).
For more detailed information visit Virtual sensors page.
It requires air temperature and relative humidity sensor and it is the temperature of when, water vapor held in the air will condense to form a liquid or it’s the temperature to which air cools to when dew is formed.
For more detailed information visit Virtual sensors page.
- Delta T calculation requires an hygroclip sensor (Air Temperature and Relative Humidity) installed on the iMETOS station: data can be viewed on FieldClimate in charts and tables with a detailed resolution.
- It is a measure that takes into account the combined effects of temperature and humidity and it indicates whether climatic conditions are suitable for spraying in order to maximize pesticide performance (A. MacGregor, 2010).
- Optimal Delta T range is between 2°C and 8°C.
- Keep monitoring Delta T reading and set up an efficient spray on schedule. Weather conditions can change rapidly during the day, so having the ability to monitor delta T can help to improve pesticide performance.
DELTA IN FIELDCLIMATE
SET DELTA T SMS ALERTS
On-site weather condition readings are required before each spray, in particular a live reading of Delta T is always recommended. Set a minimum or maximum threshold for SMS warning. Delta T live reading is updated every 5 minutes.
For more detailed information visit Virtual sensors page.
For iMETEO you need to have the corresponding license active. It is a joint product of MeteoBlue and Pessl Instruments. It combines past data with a forecast of the main meteorological variables on an hourly basis for 7 days. An iMETOS® station is needed: the observation data is sent to the https://ng.fieldclimate.com/login database, and the weather forecast is automatically adjusted to the conditions of the specific iMETOS® weather station. Data can be additionally combined with spray conditions, growth, irrigation and disease forecast models. In Weather Forecast page you can choose different ways to view weather forecast in your site.
Details: 3 days weather forecast as default, you can also see next 7 days. Parameters calculated hourly: air temperature (°C), precipitation (mm), probability of precipitation (%), wind direction (deg), wind speed and gust (m/s), relative humidity (%), daily evapotranspiration (mm), leaf wetness, global solar radiation (W/m^2), cloud cover (%), surface air pressure (hPa).
The wind direction in degrees is displayed by orange dots, while at the bottom an arrow helps you to understand the wind flow better. In the rectangle (tootlip) detailed data are available in all the graphs.
Note that ET0 is a daily calculation.
In the last chart, air pressure is at station altitude, while global solar radiation and total cloud cover refer to that portion of sky over the station.
- Meteo One: a 7 days localised weather forecast with all meteorological data.
- Meteo Agro: a 7 days localised weather forecast with agronomic information, plant protection window.
- Pictoprint: a 7 days localised weather forecast with rainSPOT (15 km range).
- 14 days localised forecast.
You will be able to access this page only if you have the Weather Forecast license activated.
Pessl Instruments developed in the last 6 years a series of Work Planning algorithms based on the combination of real measurements of rain and temperature and the hourly 7-day weather forecasts. The work planning forecast based service information are available on hourly resolution for the next 7 days.
The work planning algorithms indicate the most suitable (green colour) and the worst period (red colour), with more intervals in between, to perform and plan the requested operation in your specific field. Field accessibility and tillage ability are based on precipitation and show the better and worse periods to access and work the field. Fertilizing efficiency is calculated from wind gust, precipitation and relative humidity and shows in green colour the most suitable period to spread fertilizer. More information are available on the help content. Here below an example of the Fertilizing efficiency window in FieldClimate login. These services are all displayed in the first chart, while the second one shows the correspondent weather forecast.
Once you chose the station, select your crop and the corresponding disease model. In the menu on the upper side, as explained in the Station Data chapter, choose the time lapse to show the chart/table. Then you can click on “Disease model information” to have more informations about the graphic of each disease. Graphs and tables show, for example, the disease risk (%), the infection progress (%) which are of key importance for the decision-making process for the farmer. Data is displayed hourly and you can select either the last period of time (from 24h to 30 days) or the time period from the calendar. You can also export data as image or csv, displaying it in a chart or table and at the end remember to refresh.
If you would like to learn more and have more detailed information about our Disease Support System visit this website.
In this page you will find all your soil moisture sensors connected with your iMETOS® device which data are displayed in the charts. On the left side you will find all your sensors and you can select only that ones of your interest. In the upper menu you can choose the Time period for displaying your data, then remember to refresh. You can set the budget lines to apply the colored bands in the chart indicating different moisture conditions.
To access the settings box, you have to click on the settings icon in the left menu. Remember to select the option “Show bands”. You can set the Refill Point and the Full Point; be sure at the end to click “Save configuration” otherwise edits will be lost.
For different nodes you can configure settings separately.
Click on “CUSTOM VIEW”; write a custom view name, select the type of calculation (AVG, SUM or PAW) and sensor (Volumetric or Tensiometric), and then select the sensors you want to do the calculation. Don’t forget to SAVE at the end.
Note: when you calculate SUM for n sensors, Refill Point and Full Point values will be multiply for n as well.
The PAW (Plant Available Water) calculation applies normalization to VWC data, based on WP (Wilting Point) and FC (Field Capacity) that you have to set in the related boxes for every sensor data serie. The calculated outputs are displayed for every sensor in terms of PAW, where 100% correspond to the Full Point (or Field Capacity), whereas the default value for Refill Point is set at 50%, but can be modified based on different crop water requirements. The Budget Lines defined the colored bands (red, green, blue) are referred in this case to the Full Point fixed at 100% and the Refill Point set in the Custom View Box.
For some soil moisture profile probes additional column CALIBRATION is available in Settings -> Sensors and nodes, where you can select different soil texture calibration equations to be applied to your soil moisture data. The texture calibration options available are the official ones provided by the OEM probe manufacturers.
Here below an example of soil texture calibration on a iMETOS DDT probe.
- The RAW value coming from the station is VWC with applied Sentek Default calibration.
The different soil texture calibrations equations follow the following form:
- VWC= ((SF-c)/a)^(1/b); where VWC is Volumetric Water Content, SF is Scaled Frequency and the coefficient a,b,c depend on the soil texture as indicated in Table 1.
Table 1 – Coefficients of different soil texture calibrations equations.
It needs to have an iMETOS CropVIEW® device in your crop. It is an agricultural information system that periodically takes high resolution photos of the crop. Photos are automatically uploaded to the FieldClimate platform and allows continuous crop monitoring and yield control. High resolution images can be analyzed over time in relation to environmental data. To access the CropVIEW page, please click on eye icon on the left side of the bar. After clicking on the eye icon, a new page with full-scale picture will open. Below the full-scale picture, you can find a date selection option and a selection between the two cameras – wide angle lens and zoom lens. With this you can choose which picture to show in full-scale.
A new tool is implemented in FieldClimate, which allows you to manually draw circles around fruits, on pictures taken from your orchard or field by CropVIEW device. If you precisely know the distance between the camera and crop, you will also get a reliable measurement of fruit diameter in mm (depends on the distance between camera and crop – more precise it is, more precise will be the measurement). To start using this tool, you must select a picture from zoom camera and click on the “Start Drawing” button on the top of the high resolution picture. Click on the help button (?) next to “Start Drawing” and follow the instructions.
To start drawing on the image, hold SHIFT and LEFT MOUSE button, then move the mouse to draw the circle. Once you release the mouse button the circle will be drawn and fixed on the image. Hovering over the circle with your mouse will color the circle in blue. You can simply select that circle with a left mouse button click. Once the circle is selected, move it around with your mouse while holding down the left mouse button. To edit the circle simply hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and the left mouse button, then move the mouse to the left if you wish to make the circle smaller, or to the right if you want to make the circle bigger. To discard a circle, select it first by clicking on the circle you wish to remove, then press the DELETE button on your keyboard. To stop drawing click the “Stop drawing” button below.
It needs to have an Insect trap device in your crop. iSCOUT is a combination of hardware and software solutions for remote monitoring of different agricultural and industrial insects. iSCOUT, with its integrated electronics and sticky plate, is light enough to be hung where needed. In the field, the device is self-sufficient, being powered by a solar panel and a battery. Multiple cameras take high-resolution pictures of the sticky plate within the iSCOUT Images are sent via GPRS to the FieldClimate platform where they are analyzed with automatic detection of pest. The results are then visible on web or mobile devices. Control is real-time and the collected data can be used for further analysis. Insect trap device has only one camera. The other configurations are the same as telling in the previous CropVIEW chapter.
Insect detection tool
Insect detection tool automatically detects and counts all insects marked with rectangles. Thicker rectangles mark the new insects the system detected, based on the previous image. You can edit the drawn rectangles on the image – change size, remove or add new rectangles. Select the rectangle and label/mark the insect accordingly. Remember to save at the end. You can also export the image.
Under timezone and location, you need to provide precise information, as weather forecast and other services depend on it. Be aware that precise location and time-zone settings are essential for proper functioning of weather forecast and other services. If your device has a built-in GPS, location and time zone will be acquired automatically.
Otherwise, you can also define location manually in different ways:
- Drag the marker on the map to your location.
- Enter location (by address) into “location search” box and then click “GO!” button.
- Enter coordinates of device location to “Longitude, Latitude, Elevation” boxes (you can acquire coordinates with help of your mobile phone, if it has built-in gps).
The timezone is automatically set if you drag the marker on the map or if you find the location from the “Location search” input. For entering the time zone manually:
- Select the correct time zone from a list.
When you finish with configuration, do not forget to save the new settings (click on “save location” button).
Under transfer settings, you can define how your METOS device is sending data. The setting for logging interval and transmission times will work with the default values, as long it is not changed. The logging interval is set to 60 minutes by default. Shorting the logging interval will increase the power consumption and the data transfer cost. It can be set to 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 and 120 minutes. Logging interval means time interval at which your station will read data from all the sensors and store it to memory. With Scheduler you can select hours of the day (only full hours possible) at which stored data will be transferred to the server. You need to select at least one transmission per day. Using less transfer times will decrease the data transfer cost.
You can set also a user-defined fixed transfer interval. Click “Advanced Options” button and new menus will appear with next options:
- Fixing transfer interval every 60 minutes it takes precedence over the Scheduler, which is ignored by the station: data can be sent every 10, 15, 20, 30 or 60 minutes. You can also disable the fixed transfer interval option giving the precedence to the Scheduler.
- Station activity: here you can select activity state of the station. You can either turn it completely off, with choosing Station is switched off in the drop-down menu or by selecting Station is gathering but not sending data you will put your station in a mode where it is only logging but not transmitting. By default station is set to normal working mode and is gathering and sending data.
- If rain monitoring is enabled, the iMETOS device measures, logs and transfers data at a fixed 15 minutes interval while it is raining. By default rain monitoring is off. This option is available only at the stations which have rain gauge sensor.
- If water level monitoring is enabled, the iMETOS device sends data to the server every 15 minutes interval during flooding events. The user can define a water level threshold. When the threshold is exceeded, the iMETOS device measures, logs and transfers data in the specified interval. This option is available only at the stations which have water level sensor.
The settings are send to the web server by pressing the “Save Configuration” button.
Set up time zone and location: these settings are very important as they are essential for proper functioning of some services. For setting timezone and location CropVIEW settings follow the same settings for a iMETOS® device.
Set up transfer settings: setup how your CropVIEW is sending data. Be aware that taking and sending pictures consumes a lot of data and energy. Therefore, we set a limitation to take pictures three times per day.
Set up camera: setup camera settings. Be aware that bad settings can result in corrupted images. Change this settings only if you are confident to know what you are doing.
For the iSCOUT you can setup how your station is sending data. To maintain the amount of data under 1GB and inside your monthly plan the maximum number of captured images is limited to three per day. During low temperatures please make sure that your station transmits only once per day due to battery saving. You can also customize your Camera settings, but we suggest to maintain the default settings.
At this section, you can define custom name for your station and all nodes connected to it. Every Metos device is significant named by a serial number. For the most users it is more convenient to name it after the site is installed. Moreover you can also define custom name and color for every single sensor that is connected to your station. For every single sensor you can also select unit in which the value of the sensor will be presented on charts and in tables. After defining custom units, names and colors, you need to save your settings. You can do this by clicking on “update“ button for every single sensor or at the “save all“ button at the end of sensor list, to save all at once. The button “Reset Sensors” enables you to reset all sensor units to their default values.
(Important note: When you change the units settings (Metric/Imperial) in the User menu, the change only affects default sensor unit settings and not customized unit settings).
At this section you can define phone numbers and names associated with it, at which you want that a warning SMS will be send. Under Add phone number please input phone number together with a country code and a custom name associated with it. After filling the input boxes click on “ADD” button to add the phone number. If you want that a warning SMS is sent to more numbers, you can add additional phone numbers to the list. Under List of phone numbers you will see all phone numbers and associated names that you have added. If you want you can also set state of a phone number from active (by default) to not active (with clicking on “yes/no“ button). In this way you can choose to which phone numbers from the list warning SMS will be sent. By clicking on “remove“ button you can also remove certain phone number from the list. When you will finish with configuration, do not forget to save new settings that you made (click on “save phone numbers“ button).
The user can define an upper and lower threshold SMS alarm values for each sensor. If a measured value exceeds (or goes below) the establish threshold, the iMETOS® device will send the SMS with a warning text (name of sensor, actual value, threshold value) to up to 30 different mobile phone numbers. Alarm thresholds are checked every 5 minutes within each measurement. When the iMETOS® receives the sent acknowledgment from the mobile network the iMETOS® device will disable SMS sending for 4 hours. But if a measured value drops below the threshold in 3 consequent measurement cycles, the iMETOS® will again enable the sending of SMS and send the corresponding alarm.
This page contents only informations regarding Basic Information, Network Details, Weather Data and GPS Location and there are not any configuration options. In user defined name it is not showing name as you define it in sensors and nodes, instead it is showing “/“ all the time. By clicking on “Station Events“ or “Communication History“ more informations can be shown.