March 10, 2021

John Deere Integration Update

PCT Agcloud have updated the integration with MyJohnDeere to support OAuth 2.0.

What will this mean for PCT Agcloud users?
Any MyJohnDeere links will need to be reconnected to continue to access Operations Center data in PCT Agcloud and also to continue to push any PCT Agcloud layers and Prescription files to Operations Center.   This includes manual data transfer as well as any of the automatic layers such as Auto Imagery.

How do I re-establish the Connection?
Click “Read More” for more details and instructions on how to re-establish the Connection.

If you have any questions about linking PCT Agcloud to MyJohnDeere, please contact us at info@pct-agcloud.com

Regards,

The PCT Agcloud Team

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January 19, 2021

New Subscription Management

We are pleased to announce the release of Subscription Management.

This allows Dealers to actively manage the subscription levels for each of their connected Growers directly within the PCT Agcloud web application.

For more details of how to select and set subscriptions please see the following Knowledge Base article: How to Set Grower Subscription Levels

Only Dealer Org Manager Users have access to set and change Grower Subscription levels. The Dealer Org Manager(s) is generally the main PCT Dealer account contact or account administrator.  If you are unsure, please contact us at PCT Agcloud for assistance.

PCT Subscriptions are based on the per Grower Packages.  Depending on your region there are up to 3 PCT Agcloud packages available (see image above) and soon to be released an additional Satamap Pro package.

 

Further details of the PCT Packages can be found on our website – Packages

Pricing for packages is per Grower and is outlined as part of your Dealer agreement.

 

If you have any questions on Packages or Subscription Management, please contact us at info@pct-agcloud.com

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July 21, 2020

Soil acidity affecting chickpeas

Another revisit, this time James Miller from Penagcon in 2016:

Well it’s 2016 and what better way to start then reflect on the year that was. For the team at Penagcon (who are passionate forward thinking agronomists and crop their own country near Bellata, NSW) something that stood out this year was soil acidity in chickpeas. When I emailed James Miller to answer a few question about Satamap he finished with how Satamap has helped them identify and begin to look at ways to solve the problem with soil acidity. The response to my questions are below.

James Miller, Penagcon P/L.

– What reservations you before trying Satamap?

We began using Satamap in early April 2015 to gain another view of crop production. Initially I was interested in comparing the images to previous yield maps and paddock histories and being familiar with NDVI, I was keen to observe whether these would correlate to the Satamap images.

– Did it meet or even exceed expectations?

Satamap images for the 2015 season and previous seasons (13 & 14) generally correlate very well to our current fields’ performance characteristics and where available previous yield maps reference very closely to the images.

– How do you use it in your business?

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July 21, 2020

Using data to take proactive action on barnyard grass

Our third and final post revisit today is Brad Donald from B&W Rural in Moree:

While most of our users primarily use Satamap as a scouting, management and monitoring tool, you can export Landsat 8 data from Satamap to be used in farm mapping software such as Farmworks and SMS Advanced. The following example is thanks to Brad Donald at B&W Rural in Moree. You may have spotted him around the country flying the AgEagle UAV. Brad is an agronomist and has a passion for technology in farming.

Weedseekers/WeedIts are great for spot spraying weeds that are already established – but this is reactive rather than proactive. Residual herbicides such as Imazapic (Flame) are commonly used to aid in the control of summer grasses such as barnyard grass. Brad thought that if he could get an image from last summer that represents areas of the paddock that have a high biomass it would be a sensible assumption of a high seed bank. He would apply a higher herbicide rate in these areas than the rest of the paddock for the 2015/16 summer.

Brad exported an image from 2013 as a POINT shapefile. With this he was easily able to import into SMS Advanced to generated a variable rate map. The ability to import into SMS Advanced and Trimble’s Farmworks as a POINT shapefile means these software packages deal with the data similar to yield data which makes for easy processing.Brad’s tip for this project is that the map was written to simply change water volume applied, which was done automatically by the rate controller.

Application rate changes are limited to staying within certain pressure ranges for droplet size management. Satamap image of fallow captured in 2013 SW of Moree. Yellow/green areas are higher biomass

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July 21, 2020

PCT Agcloud & Agworld Integration

Leading agricultural software providers, Agworld and PCT Agcloud, are joining forces by integrating our product offerings across Australia and New Zealand. We want to keep providing you with additional ways to save time and improve your decision-making process; integrating Agworld’s Collaborative Farm Management Platform with PCT Agcloud’s Precision Ag capabilities is the logical next step for both businesses for Australian and New Zealand growers and agronomists.

This integration will enable you to seamlessly share data layers between the two products as well as with other users you are connected to, for example between growers and agronomists. With this integration, you will now be able to access more critical farm information on the same platform in order to simplify and improve your decision making even further.

The first phase of delivery for the Agworld & PCT Agcloud integration will be available in January 2020 and includes displaying existing PCT Agcloud yield, EM, Veris, gamma radiometrics, elevation, management zones, planting and other layers in Agworld. Further work is scheduled for the remainder of 2020 and we will make sure to keep you updated as things progress.

We are very excited to help further enhance the ways in which you can utilise your farm data and derive further value through this powerful integration with the Agworld platform.

Should you wish to discuss the above further or if you have any feedback or ideas you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us, info@pct-ag.com.

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July 20, 2020

Satamap Global increases area and shrinks loading times

Satamap was launched in 2013, then publicly available in 2014. We had just the Landsat 8 imagery every 16 days. While it was often frustrating with cloud, managing one data set not overly complicated. Then Sentinel 2 came online which was a big step forward as we were getting an extra set of images every 10 days. This added more complexity but worked well. Once the Sentinel 2 sister satellite came on board our Sentinel 2 imagery doubled. At the same time our user base was growing demanding more. Yes we will admit loading times increased but this triggered and exciting time in the growth of Satamap, we started working on Satamap Global.

Satamap Global is the new rebuilt Satamap than operates anywhere in the world. In addition, loading times were drastically reduced. We also got rid of the old tile system in favor of a point and radius type subscription which offers our users much more value.

The original Satamap was a stepping stone to what we have now and we want to thank all of the initial customers that have made it possible to get to our current position. The system is much more ‘scalable’ now and growth in new customers will not impact the loading time for existing ones.

We have plans to continue to improve our product offering and are exploring options for other imagery sources and analysis of current imagery.You can read more about Satamap Global features, use cases and pricing at satamap.com.au.

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