MapShots AgStudio Online Instructional VideosLearn the functionality and features of AgStudio at your pace, during the time that is most convenient for you. The Video library contains videos on the fundamentals and the more advanced and complex extensions within AgStudio. So whether you’re a Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced user of AgStudio, we have information that you can access 24/7.

Introductory Videos

Basic AgStudio Overview 1
Just getting started with AgStudio? This is the video you want to watch to familiarize yourself with the basics including logging in, docking panels, domains, and the resources tree. With a solid understanding of how you can customize the layout of the application, you’ll feel more comfortable about digging into the powerful features. [5:58]
Basic AgStudio Overview 2
AgStudio is a robust and flexible product that offers complex functionality in an easy-to-use interface. Watch this video to learn about the customization you can do to the Map window by using a full array of options from the Map toolbar. To facilitate ease of use, this video also describes the main menu and context menu items. [5:48]
Setting up New Domains
Being able to quickly and easily create your business within AgStudio is what this video is all about. Learn how to create new Growers, Farms, and Fields. You also receive detailed instructions on importing and drawing field boundaries and downloading soil type layers. With a solid operational foundation, you are ready to create the products and resources you use in your enterprise. [9:41]
Managing Crops and Commodities
Crops and Commodities are part of the foundation of an agronomic management system. Within AgStudio, you can create crops and commodities that are domain and crop year-specific. This ensures that you have these products readily available and easier to manage as you build crop zones, create recommendations, and import fieldop data to effectively manage your business. [5:20]
Steps to Create a Crop Zone
You can get the most out of AgStudio’s powerful and flexible features when you start with a strong foundation of the key components of your domain. This video provides detailed instructions on creating Crop Zones which are the domain level in the tree that house many different types of data. A crop zone may include harvest, planting, spraying, fertilizer and even tillage data, whether machine logged or manually entered, as well as variable rate fertilizer and seeding recommendations. [7:36]
Understanding Field and Crop Zone Layers
Within AgStudio, you can create and/or upload many different types of spatial data as layers and link it to a field or crop zone boundary. Through this video, you’ll learn about layers, which are spatial datasets that can be generated or stored as a raster or vector layer. You’ll also learn what types of information layers can contain such as soil tests, fertilizer prescriptions, soil types, and much more along with the best place to store them in the Resources tree. [6:44]
Managing Entities
You work with multiple people in your business, and AgStudio provides two extensions to help you efficiently manage employees, contractors, operators, samplers, and other resources. The Entities and Sampling Crew extensions offer the ability to create and maintain all information about an entity which you can assign to Growers, Lease Agreements, and Sampling Crews, and track expenditures in Cost reports. [5:10]
Managing Products
To efficiently work with field and crop zone layers, it is important to assure that all necessary products and resources, such as fertilizers, chemicals, and seed products have been added along with their attributes set. This video provides detailed instruction to set up your products and make them available to specific domains and crop years for easy reference. [9:51]
Managing Resources
Within AgStudio, resources such as machines, facilities, and tasks are used in several extensions within AgStudio and are also factored into several reports. While setting up resources is accomplished through a simple properties dialog, this video explores additional details of the options you have available. [5:14]
Importing Layers
Spatial data, such as management zones, line layers for tile, soil test maps, and product recommendations, is collected or built for use with a field boundary. You can create new spatial layers manually or you can import and spatially link data. Within AgStudio, there are extensions that offer the specific function of importing certain layer types such as management zones. While the Layer Import extension provides capabilities to import almost any spatial layer and customize which attributes are imported with the layer. You can also create layer templates to more efficiently import future data. [10:52]
Creating Sampling Work Orders
The Sampling Work Order extension provides a sampling management form to filter the display of the work orders in the grid, view the Legend that indicates the status of the work order, and perform other global activities. Access the Soil Sampling Work Order form to select a lab, enter an area per sample, request additional labels, load soil test layers, individually or bulk assign sampling crews, choose between directed and non-directed sampling, choose to append results to an existing layer, create new sampling layers from scratch, export existing sampling layers, and print bag labels and/or Lab Submittal Sheets, as well as Field Sheets and Master Sheets. [13:59]
Importing Field Operations
Use AgDirector to archive and upload raw data logs from various field devices, such as planters, combines, and sprayers. Through this video, you learn how to scan data from a card and load it into AgDirector. You can then view the details of each data card and filter the data to import. Without an internet connection you can archive the selected data to your computer and when you have internet connection, you then upload the data to the central server. At that time, the uploaded field operation data is available in AgStudio. [8:34]
Creating a Report Book
Use the Report Book extension to give instructions to the application to gather specified data and assemble it into a structured report that you can preview, save as a PDF file, email, or print. Through a guided dialog box, you can build simple or complex reports with specific customization of options and display features. Choose the specific map managers to generate report pages that can include information from the Grower, Farm, Field, and Crop Zones. You also define the display of the maps and thumbnails and choose specific options for several map managers. [9:38]
Creating Custom Themes
Themes store user-defined display settings for how data should appear on the map. While AgStudio creates themes dynamically for operations and layers, you can use the Theme Editor to create and/or modify the color, style, and value of themes based on data from operations and layers. Through a guided set of dialogs you can create range, value, or default themes and further define them by fixed or dynamic ranges. For all theme types, you can choose appearance settings so that your field operations and layers display exactly how you want them to. [8:54]
Creating A New Layer
There are many instances where a layer of spatial data that cannot be recorded with a GPS, yield monitor, or other spatial records, can provide valuable information for making business decisions. Use the Create a Layer function to create region, site, or line layers by using the New Layer dialog in which you define the properties and attributes of the layer. Then, use the Layer Editor tool to spatially define the newly created layer. This video also demonstrates the various functions that enable you to copy layers quickly and efficiently. [11:04]
Creating a Soil Sampling Layer Manually
Get a detailed look at the Create a New Layer and Layer Editor extensions as they are used to create a soil sampling layer by hand. After selecting the desired field, you revisit the details associated with defining the properties and attributes of the layer including the SampleID attribute in the Create a Site Layer extension. Then, view how to use the Layer Editor tool to place a grid, set the grid numbering pattern, and place your soil sampling sites. In addition, learn how to copy an existing layer as a Soil Type layer. [10:23]

Intermediate Videos

Using Advanced Variety Placer
The Advanced Variety Placer is a great efficiency tool that you can use to place products for an entire grower’s fields in batch mode. You can assign crop zones to field boundaries, place varieties on existing crop zones, or perform both of those functions simultaneously in batch mode. In addition, you can view and edit placed varieties and generate a Proposed Seed Products Detail Report. [6:36]
Creating VRS Maps
Use AgStudio’s Advanced Seed Rate Recommendations tool to create variable rate seeding recommendations through the use of simple dialogs with potentially complex algorithms behind the scenes. Use the Script Editor to create a basic script for a simple soil seeding recommendation or to create a multi-faceted script that takes into account a variety of inputs and uses reclassification tables and/or other formulas in Excel spreadsheet calculators. Once a script is created, it can be reused and edited anytime. [9:02]
Exporting VRS Recommendations
Use the Variable Rate Seeding (VRS) Export tool to export variable rate seeding recommendations into device-specific formats. During the process, you can link the VRS attributes to a specific seed product, assign application set points, and print recommendation maps to accompany the device export. During export, you can indicate the appropriate format (based on selected device), the output option (folder, file, third-party), and any additional device-specific information. [11:16]
Using Lease Manager
The Lease Manager extension provides the ability to track business functions via lease boundaries. A lease agreement can contain one or more crop agreements, details the form of payment, whether that is a cash lease, a crop-share lease, or a combination of the two, and indicates the entities involved. You can use either a pick list or spatial tools to assign operational areas to a lease. Once a lease is created, you can use the Report Book tool to create a variety of reports associated with the specific leases. [9:23]
Creating Center Pivots and Irrigation Zone Layers
Two AgStudio extensions deal with the unique management approach required for operations that work with irrigation pivots. Use the Center Pivot Irrigation tool to import, draw, or manually enter pivot information. The extension also contains tools to customize pivots including adding corners to a pivot and creating non-circular geometries. Use the Create Irrigation Layer tool to create field layers based on previously-generated irrigation pivots and the addition of information on default zone length and sector degrees. These irrigation zone layers are often useful in others areas of AgStudio including the creation of fertility recommendations. [7:33]
Creating Nutrient Recommendations
To build variable rate fertility recommendations, you want the power and flexibility of the Advanced Nutrient Recommendations extension. Through the use of a simple set of dialogs, you can run complex algorithms behind the scenes using calculators to build nutrient recommendations from crop removal, yield goals, and build up formulas. The extension also supports creating multi-year and multi-crop recommendations. Increase efficiency in your daily operation by saving these options as scripts to run repeatedly, thus avoiding the need to set them up each time. [13:11]
Formulating Recommendations
Creating variable rate fertility recommendations, generating product recommendations, and exporting them is achieved through an efficient workflow of chaining, or linking, extensions within AgStudio. After reviewing the Creating Nutrient Recommendations video, this video guides you through the process of creating a recommendation and seamlessly chaining it to the Nutrient Formulator to customize the products and their application set points, factor in other applications, and then complete the workflow by chaining the product recommendations to the VRF Export extension. [9:23]
Exporting Recommendations
The VRF Export extension offers many capabilities that can enhance your final export. You can link products, further define set points, print application maps, and export the recommendations. During the export process, you can indicate the appropriate format (based on selected device), choose the output option(s) (folder, file, third-party), set any additional device-specific information, and print reports. [10:40]
Advanced Treatment Analysis – Part 1
The Advanced Treatment Analysis extension is an essential tool for analyzing the potential effect of an application on a field. You can analyze and compare different treatments such as fungicide, insecticide, and fertilizer with the yield, potential soil types, and, if desired, an as-planted operation. In this first of a two-part video series, you learn how to define a script and preview the results. While the basic treatment analysis extension is effective for analysis, the Advanced Treatment Analysis can perform yield analysis in batch mode, which creates treatment analysis layers for multiple fields at a time. [6:09]
Advanced Treatment Analysis – Part 2
In the second video of the Advanced Treatment Analysis series, learn how to run the analysis and manage scripts. When you run the analysis, you can save the analysis as layers. You have the option to overwrite previously created layers, layers with a different spatial type, or to not overwrite layers. You also learn about the efficiency tools such as copy, import, and export which you can use to manage scripts. The analysis generates a polygon map where each polygon represents a selected treatment and/or soil type and also displays the yield in each polygon. [5:51]
Using the FieldOp Resource Linker
To keep complete records of your operation, including units of measure and associated costs, you need to make sure the products recorded in the monitor match products in your AgStudio database. To achieve this, use the FieldOp Resource Linker to match the field operation data from your monitor to the information previously created in your AgStudio database. This ensures proper data storage and identification with regards to tasks, crops, commodities, products, operators, and machines that you have entered into AgStudio. [9:39]

Advanced Videos

Advanced Multi-Year Yield Analysis Part 1
Use the Advanced Multi-Year Yield Analysis extension to define a script that contains the crop, crop years, and analysis parameters that you want to include in a multi-year analysis of yield. After creating the script you can save it for future use and view the results in a variety of ways including raw data, surface data, variance, average, and category. This gives you a complete picture of the yield results of your business decisions. In addition, you can generate a layer that incorporates irrigation zones information. [8:21]
Advanced Multi-Year Yield Analysis Part 2
In the second video of the Advanced Multi-Year Analysis series, learn how to run the analysis and manage scripts. When you run the analysis, you can save the analysis as surface and/or management zone layers with the option to overwrite previously created layers, layers with a different spatial type, or to not overwrite layers. The results layer can be used in other extensions including those used to create variable rate fertilizer and/or seeding prescriptions. In addition, you learn about the efficiency tools such as copy, import, and export which you can use to manage scripts. [4:54]
Building a Spreadsheet Calculator
Calculators are incredible tools that help you generate recommendation layers using input variables you define based on your agronomic philosophy. This video guides you through the process of building an Excel spreadsheet calculator that includes multiple variables and conditionals. You are provided with the framework to create a successful calculator to meet your unique needs. Use Excel spreadsheet calculators with the Advanced Nutrient Recommendations, Advanced Seed Rate Recommendations, and the Run a Calculator extensions to create recommendation layers that you can export to a field device or new layers for other uses within AgStudio. [13:24]