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Tips from Tech: Variety Tracking

by Sam Worley on October, 13 2013 in Ag Leader, Displays, Yield Monitoring

It’s seemingly been a long time since last fall and given the crop conditions then, that’s probably a good thing to put behind us. But what I’m getting at is a simple refresher on using Variety Tracking on your Ag Leader® Integra display if that has become foggy, too.

On the Ag Leader® Integra display, one can load an external planting map from SMS via the USB drive or load an internal planting map from having that display in the planting tractor.

Loading an internal variety map
Variety Tracking is enabled on the Region Selection screen, accessible from the start Field Operation Wizard OR from the homescreen and pressing the Region button.

Proceed through the start Field Operation Wizard as usual when loading the runscreen. At the Region Selection page, simply checkmark Automatic Variety Tracking. Here, also select Automatic Region Selection because Automatic Variety Tracking only tracks varieties, without Automatic Region Changing, you will be prompted to enter a new region when entering a new variety. Automatic Region Changing will change varieties and regions to separate varieties and their yield for better data, pictured below.

Finally, press the checkmark to load the runscreen. The planting map will overlay with the varieties planted in that field.

Loading an external variety map
To load an external variety map for variety tracking purposes, at the Region Selection screen load an external map by pressing the USB icon (with USB drive present in the display) to browse for the variety maps file from SMS.

Select the file and in the Import Reference page pictured below, expand the tree until the map overlay shows in the preview window.

Press the checkmark to finish and the Region Selection screen will appear again. Here, also select Automatic Region Selection because Automatic Variety Tracking only tracks varieties, without Automatic Region Changing, you will be prompted to enter a new region when entering a new variety. Automatic Region Changing will change varieties and regions to separate varieties and their yield for better data.

Press the checkmark to finish the Field Operation Wizard, the planting varieties will be overlaid on the runscreen.

For further resources on variety tracking, please refer to your Integra manual, Variety Tracking information begins on page 298.

 

YouTube Tutorials:

SMS – Preparing for Harvest
SMS – Exporting Monitor Setup
Hardware – loading an external variety map for Variety Tracking

From Ag Leader Tech Support, have a safe and bountiful harvest!

Sam Worley

Sam has been with Ag Leader since August 2010 and became the Marketing Product Specialist in the winter of 2014. Sam helps with various marketing duties such as website maintenance, product catalog development and other tasks. He also works to provide timely technical information to Ag Leader dealers and customers and manages Knowledgebase content. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Sam was influenced by agriculture early on with visits to his grandpa’s farm. Growing up he continued with that interest, working on neighboring forage and dairy farms, taking agri-science classes and FFA involvement. Sam graduated from Iowa State University in December 2009 with a degree in Agricultural Business. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, wrenching and spending time with friends.

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Comments

Sam, I need an updated Integra manual, the one I have is from 2010 and does not cover variety tracking. Is the Integra manual available as a download?

David Senn on Nov 01, 2013

is it possible to set up regions during planting for dryland and irrigated of the same variety, so the farmer can keep regions seperated for records

jerad on Sep 25, 2014

Hello Jerad,
This can be accomplished in two ways - during planting you could specify different varieties as “variety A dryland” and “variety A irrigated”, etc.
During harvest, you could also set up regions as you wish. Either way will allow you to filter the data accordingly in SMS Software.

Thank you for reading!

Ag Leader

Ag Leader on Sep 25, 2014

When planting irr. fields have been doing one rate for dry another for irr.. How would i name the seperate regions so it will do this automaticly and be able to plant staight through. change regions whenever it exits and enter irr.  and dry areas.

jerad on Sep 25, 2014

Yes, you will be able to seemlessly differentiate the irrigated and dryland varieties when you name/load your planting products. So as an example, as you plant your dryland variety, name the product “variety xxxx dryland” and load that product to the run screen for planting the dryland section. When you plant the irrigated section, setup a “variety xxxx irrigated” product and load that product for planting in the irrigated section. Variety tracking will automatically recognize “variety xxxx irrigated” etc. during harvest as it pulls up the variety information.

Thanks!
Ag Leader

Ag Leader on Sep 26, 2014

Im having a problem with my variety tracking for my pro 700. As im going through the field through all my different varieties, every variety im going through it makes a new task for me so im stuck will a whole bunch of tasks. Any idea why this is happening?

taylor on Sep 20, 2016

Hi Taylor,

We appreicate your comment, however here at Ag Leader we are unfamiliar
with the operation of the CaseIH Pro700. I would recommend you to contact
CNH support or your local CaseIH dealership.

Thank you,
Ag Leader

Sam Worley on Sep 21, 2016

I’m am variety tracking a bean plot.  When I planted it I made sure to name every number.  Problem is now is that I squared up the field and forgot to shut off variety tracking and now I have bad data in my summary page due to combining across rows to even out the plot.  I also combined the part that is not going into the plot and since I have a 30ft head with 20ft variety it was always taking more than 1 variety so it is just bad data.  Is there a way that I can still use my variety tracking when I combine the plot and view the plot only on the summary page?  I think if I remember right that if I start a new calibration that it will give me a separate summary because I think I have noticed that in the past but would just like to know if that is correct or how else can I separate the plot.

Lonnie Schafer on Oct 01, 2016

Hello Lonnie,

Unfortunately there isn’t a reasonable work around for this on the
display, aside from perhaps turning off Variety Tracking and manually
managing the different varieties through new regions. Later, when you
read the field data into SMS you will be able to correctly assign variety
info and yield spatially.

Thank you,
Ag Leader

Sam Worley on Oct 03, 2016

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