South African farmers now have access to data science capabilities and digital tools, and can digitise their operations.
The Climate Corporation, Bayer’s digital farming arm, has announced the commercial launch of its digital farming platform, Climate FieldView, in South Africa. In 2020, South African farmers tested FieldView on more than 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres).
FieldView, first launched in the United States in 2015, offers farmers a single platform to unite data from each piece of their precision equipment – including tractors, planters, sprayers and combines – and access those insights from anywhere with a smartphone, tablet device or computer.
To get started, customers can connect field data through the Climate FieldView Drive device, a piece of hardware that farmers can insert into a diagnostic port in the cab of their precision equipment. It uses bluetooth technology to stream agronomic data from the equipment before being synced with their FieldView account.
Farmers can also upload data generated by their equipment directly into their FieldView account through the Data Inbox tool, which does not require the use of the FieldView Drive.
Bayer states all FieldView users have full control of their farm data. “They choose if, how and when to share their agronomic information. If they feel it benefits their operations, farmers can choose to share their insights with a trusted agronomic partner to help make data-driven business decisions,’ says Bayer.
In the video below, U.S. farmer and YouTuber “Millenial Farmer” reviews Climate FieldView.