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Collecting & Editing Field BoundariesAre you ready to get started in precision ag? The first thing you need to do is digitize your field boundaries. In this section, we provide step-by-step instructions for collecting and editing field boundaries.

Introduction to Field Boundaries[1:24]

Collecting field boundaries is the starting point in site-specific farming. These site-specific digital containers will hold your field data from season to season. This video introduces you to the most common methods of collecting a geo-referenced field boundary using SST Summit. [View Notes]

Field Boundary or Management Zone?[1:52]

The practice of site-specific farming heavily utilizes in-field management zones; however, when first establishing digital field boundaries, it is important to differentiate between the two. This tutorial contrasts field boundaries from management zones. [View Notes]

Digitizing from Digital Imagery[3:14]

Geo-referenced imagery is unique in that each point of the image has a latitude and longitude associated with it. This tutorial demonstrates how to download geo-referenced imagery and locate your fields for digitizing boundaries. [View Notes]

Digital Imagery Options[2:03]

Depending on the location of your field, the Imagery Source menu will display different options. In this tutorial, we look at some of the options in various regions and the benefit of multiple imagery sources. [View Notes]

The Digitizer Tool[1:57]

The Digitizer Tool expediates the acquisition of field boundaries, allowing you to collect field boundaries without leaving your office. The tools incorporated within The Digitizer will be utilized often within SST Summit. [View Notes]

Digitizing Center Pivots[3:19]

Editing center-pivots with SST Summit is an easy process when using the center-pivot tool found within The Digitizer. This tutorial demonstrates how to digitize center pivots and the surrounding dry acreage. [View Notes]

The Measurement Tools[1:26]

There may be times when you need to calculate a distance while digitizing a field boundary. This tutorial demonstrates how to use the absolute and relative distance tools to calculate measurements and drop reference points. [View Notes]

The Common Field Boundary (CFB) Tool[3:56]

In an effort to reduce field boundary duplication, the Common Field Boundary (CFB) tools allow a local business to view all of the boundaries associated with its business hierarchy before reduplicate existing boundaries. [View Notes]

The Common Land Unit (CLU) Tool[1:10]

The Common Land Unit (CLU) is a unit of agricultural land that is associated with USDA farm programs. Summit has the ability to display regional CLU's and assign them to the Grower/Farm/Field relationship. [View Notes]

Editing Field Boundaries[2:57]

The editing tools within The Digitizer allow you to make precise adjustments to the anchor points that define boundaries. This video shares techniques of editing boundary vertices. [View Notes]

Removing Uncultivated Areas: Part 1[2:32]

Every field has unique features that require adjustments, such as removing uncultivated areas. This video demonstrates how to remove areas such as waterways that span the entire length of your field. [View Notes]

Removing Uncultivated Areas: Part 2[1:24]

Uncultivated areas will at times be contained within a field, such as a pond or area of brush. This tutorial show how to remove in-field, uncultivated areas. [View Notes]

Removing Uncultivated Areas: Part 3[4:20]

The geography of some uncultivated areas requires a lot of attention. This tutorial shows how to approach complicated, uncultivated areas by removing the area piece-by-piece instead of trying to digitize the entire polygon at once. [View Notes]

The Union Polygons Tool[2:47]

It is often necessary to combine two polygons into one. This tutorial will show you how to use the Union Polygons Tool accompanied by various examples. [View Notes]

Snapping Common Boundaries[1:05]

As you digitize boundaries, there will be fields that share common boundaries. This tutorial provides some examples of how to use Summit's snapping feature in various digitizing scenarios. [View Notes]

Saving Field Boundaries[3:12]

After digitizing a field boundary, SST Summit will ask you to assign the field to a Grower-Farm-Field relationship. This relationship is established to help you effectively manage and analyze your site-specific data. [View Notes]

Importing Boundary Shapefiles[1:15]

If you need to import a field boundary from another precision ag program or data collection device, Summit will allow a standard, non-projected shapefile to be imported into the system. This tutorial shows how to import existing shapefile boundaries. [View Notes]

Updating Field Boundaries[3:22]

There are some important rules that apply to updating field boundaries. Understanding the concept of a field's Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) Number can save you from some frustrating data management mistakes. [View Notes]

Bowties and Outliers within Boundary Files[1:34]

Bowties and outliers are pesky problems that can easily occur when collecting geo-spatial data. Summit makes cleaning up these messes quick and easy. [View Notes]

Importing Soil Types & E.C. DataBefore we can create information reports, we need to collect or import our site-specific data. In this section, we look at importing common data layers such as soil types, Veris, etc., as well as how to manage vast amounts of collected data.

Importing Soil Types: SSURGO2 Data[2:27]

Once you have a field boundary, Summit will automatically download SSURGO2 soil data for the boundaries, if available. In this tutorial, we look at how to interact with these map layers and some information reports that will be produced with other data, such as yield. [View Notes]

Importing ISPAID Soils Data[2:11]

Some regions have digitized their own sets of soil data. This tutorial shows how to download ISPAID soils data for Iowa and compares it to SSURGO2. [View Notes]

Importing Electrical Conductivity Data[2:51]

Electrical conductivity (E.C.) data is an excellent way to map the transitional phases that occur between soil types and find zones of differing cation exchange capacities. In this tutorial, we import some Veris E.C. data and look at what type of data sets it contains. [View Notes]

Creating E.C. Surface Layers[0:00]

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Site-Specific RecordsOne of the main goals of precision farming is analyze how our various farm operations effect yield. To do so, we need to collect spatial records of farm operations throughout the season. In this series, we show how to collect spatial records so as to create yield determining information reports.

Records Section Terminology[3:05]

Accurate and organized record keeping is a key component to successful management practices. This tutorial will introduce you to record keeping within Summit and discuss some key terms, such as operations, attributes, and reference data that are commonly used when referring to the various aspects of record keeping.

The Importance of Data Standardization[0:00]

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Loading Imagery into the Records Section[3:32]

Background imagery can be helpful in creating field splits, measuring distances, dropping soil test points, and creating management zones. This tutorial shows how to download various image types into the records section.

Using Map Layers for Background Imagery[2:56]

Background imagery can be used as a reference for creating management zones and recording data within the records section. This tutorial demonstrates how to capture map layers as imagery and display it in the records pane.

The Records Pane Icons[3:06]

The icons associated with the records section allows you to interact with the field in various ways. This tutorial demonstrates the use of each icon.

Recording Operations[4:23]

In order to standardize data collection across your farms and fields, Summit uses picklists for quick and easy data entry. This tutorial introduces how to setup and populate data within the picklists for a specific farming operation.

Saving an Operation & Recommendation[2:35]

Before you save an operation or recommendation, Summit will ask some additional questions regarding the crop season, status of completion, and allow you to add unique titles and notes to the operation.

Customizing the Operations Pane[3:08]

Summit allows you to collect farm and field data from predefined picklists. Working from picklists makes collecting data faster and cleaner than if you were required to manually type the records. These picklists also standardize data collection across your farm, thus allowing you you to generate powerful information reports.

Populating Sub-Field Data: Splits & Multiple Fields[2:55]

There will be situations where a particular operation will be different at various areas throughout the field. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to go about populating sub-field data with field splits and creating sub-field polygons.

Copying Operations from Zone to Zone[2:53]

There will be situations where a particular operation will be different at various areas throughout the field. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to go about populating sub-field data with field splits and creating sub-field polygons.

Editing Operations & Fulfilling Recommendations[2:58]

As operations are recorded and recommendations are created, changes that inevitably occur. This tutorial demonstrates how to edit a previously saved operation and fulfill a recommendation, thus making it a saved event.

The Maps SectionThe maps section allows you to view and interact with your geo-spatial data. In this section we will cover the layout of the maps section and the options for interacting with your data.

Navigating Map Panes[1:29]

Within the maps section, various panes allow you to navigate the Grower-Farm-Field hierarchy, view statistics, and load imagery. This video looks at accessing the maps section and displaying the various panes.  [View Notes]

Introduction to Map Layers[1:14]

Maps layers are displayed along with their associated legends. This tutorial guides you through the stacking order of layers, how to move layers, and various ways to display surface data.

Stacking Map Layers[1:13]

As more seasons of data are collected, the map layers settings help to organize and display data, making the layers settings easier to navigate.

Managing Map Layers[3:02]

The Maps Pane Icons: Part 1[2:03]

A row of icons top the maps pane that allows interaction with the surface map. This tutorial guides you through the navigation icons.

The Maps Pane Icons: Part 2[3:24]

Continuing through the maps pane icons, this tutorial demonstrates features such as the measure tool, print selected layer, and other interaction features.

The Statistics Pane[2:18]

The statistics pane provides statistical and user information for an acitve layer and allows one to view data for a specific location or site-specific data for multiple map layers.

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The Legend Editor: Part 1[3:25]

The legend editor controls how maps are spatially displayed according to classifications of numerical and text data. This tutorial steps through the classification settings dealing with unique items, classification methods, and statistical breaks in data.

The Legend Editor: Part 2[2:15]

The appearance of a map depends on the settings of the legend editor color schemes. This tutorial demonstrates how to change and save color ramps, as well as saving an entire legend scheme.

Record ReportsOnce you have recorded site-specific information, you can generate record reports of your activities and create information reports by comparing your operations against yield.

Introduction to Record Reports[2:59]

Summit gives you the ability to create single reports or entire map books from field records. Reports range from basic field boundary reports to harvest reports. This tutorial provides an overview of the record reports section.

Creating Record Reports[3:10]

Depending on the attributes that are associated with a report, additional settings and secondary attributes can be applied it. This tutorial reviews the report settings and provides examples of how to create valuable yield determining reports.

Record Report Settings[1:42]

The appearance of reports can be adjusted in the Report Settings section. This tutorial will demonstrate how to change report colors, logos, and background images.

Soil SamplingSite-specific soil sampling is one of the first areas where growers begin to implement the 4 R's of nutrient management, as well as see an immediate return on their precision ag investment. These tutorials will walk you through every step of the process, from creating a soil sampling scheme and collecting the sample points, to interacting with your test lab and results so that you are ready to create nutrient variability maps.

Creating a Soil Sampling Scheme within Summit[2:55]

Summit allows you to create a soil sampling scheme before you head to the field. In this tutorial, we will create a sampling scheme across multiple fields and save it for export to SST Stratus.

Transferring Soil Points & Barcode Reports[3:25]

When you have bagged all of the soil samples along with collecting geo-referenced points for each bag, you need to transfer the points file from Stratus to Summit. Following this, Summit enables you to print out a barcode report to include with your bagged samples that the soils test lab will scan. By including a barcode report, the lab can use SyncNow to match the lab results to your corresponding points file.

Matching Lab Results for Multiple Fields[3:31]

At times, the situation may arise where the barcode report was not included in the box of samples and the lab results are returned as one file. When this happens, you will need to match the specific lab results with the corresponding points. This tutorial demonstrates how to match the geo-referenced points that span across multiple fields to their specific lab result.

Creating a Soils Lab Import Format[4:54]

When your soils test lab results are ready, you will need to match them to the geo-referenced point files for each field. This tutorial guides you through the process of setting up an automated import format for your specific soils lab.


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