For precision agriculture providers using MapShots AgStudio® software, several improved functions are available in 2016. The company announced three new releases within the last month, including:
- better tools for analyzing yields
- a new GIS processing update
- a new version of AgDirector® software
- two new reference guides for those who use Precision Planting, Inc. planters with a 20/20 SeedSense® monitor
“It’s really all about yield, which is a major indication of how well you are making decisions for your business,” said Doug Mills, business manager for MapShots. “To help AgStudio software users better analyze yield data over several years, we recently released the Advanced Multi-Year Yield Analysis extension.”
To learn more about this advanced program, visit the MapShots Learning Center and view two new videos. Advanced Multi-Year Analysis – Part 1 focuses on defining scripts and previewing the results. Advanced Multi-Year Analysis – Part 2 describes the various run options as well as the efficiency tools embedded in the extension to make reusing and sharing scripts quick and easy.
The next release focuses on the move toward a different type of GIS processing. The SP3 Hot Fix 2 install file and Release Notes are now available to download. They will resolve problems where reports produce “out of memory exceptions.” Additional GIS processing updates are planned for future releases.
“In addition, a new version of AgDirector software is also available,” said Mills. “The Apex Shapefile card reader properly discovers harvest data when other data types exist.”
A third release from MapShots is directed toward AgStudio software users who use Precision Planting planters (original or retro-fit) with a 20/20 SeedSense monitor. To provide workflow instructions on creating multi-variety precision planting seeding recommendations, MapShots has added two new reference guides to its Learning Portal.
Creating Multi-Variety Seeding Rxs – Basic shows how to use the following extensions to generate a layer and shapefile that contains a column for each variety in the recommendation:
- Create Management Zone
- Advanced Variety Placer
- Create VRS from Management Zone
- VRS Export
Creating Multi-Variety Seeding Rxs – Advanced provides customized Excel spreadsheet calculators to achieve results with more complex variables. In addition to Create Management Zone, Advanced Variety Placer, and VRS Export, you will also learn the steps necessary to:
- Create and import a spreadsheet calculator into Calculator Editor
- Use the Advanced Seed Rate Recommendation extension to create a script for seeding recommendations
AgStudio software provides both workflows to accommodate AgStudio software users’ preferences. They may pick the workflow that fits best and get the guidance needed to make multi-variety seeding recommendations.