Advantage Acre is based on the concept of field by field (field level) planning. Users can access a variety of agronomy-based tools in Advantage Acre, simply by adding a field boundary. Field boundaries can be entered as Common Land Units (CLU), free drawn, uploaded through a shapefile, or integrated through MyJohnDeere and Climate FieldView. Accuracy of field boundaries is very important to make sure units and variable rate recommendations are calculated correctly. These boundaries can be edited at any time.
Adding a New Field
Under the grower’s name, select + New Field. Each field is identified by a unique name and assigned to a specific farm. (Figure 1). Begin by naming the field, selecting the farm, and choosing the crop. After boundaries are created, users can access the Crop History information. (Figure 2)
There are three options to add fields into Advantage Acre: Common Land Unit selection, manually drawing boundaries, or uploading existing boundary files.
Figure 1. Start by clicking + New Field to add a new field boundary under the grower account selected
Figure 2. Once boundaries are created, users can access Crop History for that field. This will provide predicted crop and any accessible information from the USDA CropScape database. Information can be edited as needed.
Creating Boundaries for the New Field by Common Land Units
To create a field using Common Land Units (CLU), type in an address, zip code, or town to locate the general area of the field in the search bar (Figure 3). Zoom using the + and – buttons on the map. If you zoom in far enough, you will see the Common Land Unit (CLU) outlines. When the field is colored in green, it’s selected. (Figure 3) Adjacent CLUs can be selected to create a single field if needed. Click Save when complete.
Figure 3: Search by address, zip code, or city/state. Select the CLU boundary highlighted in green and view acreage. Click Save to save the field to the grower account.
Manually Drawing Field Boundaries
Sometimes, CLUs do not reflect current field boundaries. In that case, turn off the CLU outlines by selecting the toggle tool. (Figure 4) Click on the Add to Boundary pencilicon (Figure 5) and click around the perimeter of the field. Close the shape by clicking back on your starting point.
Figure 4: Turn off the CLU Outlines by selecting the Toggle CLU Outlines.
Figure 5: Using the Add to Boundary tool, draw a boundary. Close the shape by clicking back on your start point.
Editing an Existing Field Boundary – Adding to a Field
To add a section to the field, click on the Add to Boundary tool. Use the cursor to draw additional areas to the field. (Figure 6) To undo drawing the new boundary, click on the Undo icon.
Figure 6: Additional areas can be added to field boundaries by clicking on the Add to Boundary tool.
Editing an Existing Field Boundary – Removing a Section from a Field
To remove the section, click on the Cut Out from Boundary tool. Use the cursor to draw the section of the field that will be removed. (Figure 7) The section of the field will be removed when clicking on the Remove Pieces icon. (Figure 8)
Figure 7: Remove an area from a field by drawing with the “Cut Out From Boundary” tool. To close the polygon, click back on your starting point.
Figure 8: Remove area by clicking on the eraser “Remove Pieces” icon.
Editing an Existing Field Boundary – Edit Boundary Outlines
To edit points on a boundary perimeter, use the Edit Boundary Outlines tool. Once this mode is selected, editable points will show as white dots. (Figure 9) Select a point, then drag and release it to a new location (Figure 10).
Figure 9: The Edit Boundary Outline tool shows editable points on the perimeter.
Figure 10: Select a point, then drag and release it to a new location.
Uploading a Shapefile to Create Field Boundary
If you already have field boundaries in another system (monitor, SMS, soil samples, etc.), you may upload the shapefile into Advantage Acre. Click on the Upload a shapefile button (Figure 11). The shapefile file must be a compressed/zipped folder containing the following file types: .shp, .dbf , and .shx. See Figure 13 for instructions on how to create a compressed/zipped folder.
Figure 11: You may upload a field boundary file (.shp format) using the Upload a Shapefile tool. The shapefile file must be a compressed/zipped folder containing the following file types: .shx , .dbf , and .shx .
Figure 12: Navigate to where the files are saved and select the boundary file (Compressed/zipped format).
Figure 13: The folder should contain the file types shown above. Although all types are recommended, only those highlighted in blue are necessary. (.dbf, .shp, and .shx) Select the file names then right-click and select Send to Compressed (zipped) folder.