Zoning is used to create VRA (Variable Rate Application) maps for differential seed planting and fertilizing. You can identify zones on each map and manually set an appropriate amount of seedlings or fertilizer for every zone. You can download the VRA maps as a shp. Zip file and upload it to the on-board computer to perform differential application. This way you can reduce expenses and use resources more rationally.

Zoning also allows you to save money on expensive “blind” soil testing. Thanks to the data retrieved from satellite imagery and vegetation indices, Zoning identifies plots in the field with higher and lower productivity.

To create the Vegetation and/or Productivity maps for any field, click on the Zoning icon on the right sidebar menu.

Zoning in Crop Monitoring

Once you are in the Zoning menu, select a field from the list.

list of fields in Zoning

You can select the field with no previously saved Vegetation/Productivity maps. In this case, you will be directed to the menu where you can choose the type of zoning you want to perform.

how to select vegetation and productivity maps

Or you can select a field with the previously created Vegetation/Productivity maps. In this case, you will be redirected to Your maps list of saved maps.

saved maps in Zoning

The icons for Vegetation maps and Productivity maps are conveniently different. When in doubt, look at the icons or read the title below the saved map.

To download any previously created Vegetation/Productivity maps, select and click on the one you need in Your maps list, and then click on the Download SHP button below.

how to download a productivity map

To create a new map, click on the appropriate button below the Your maps list on the right side panel.

how to create a new map in Zoning

Once you click on Create new map, you will be presented with a choice: Vegetation maps or Productivity maps.

how to select vegetation and productivity maps

Vegetation maps

Use Vegetation maps to calculate how much nitrogen your crops require at the moment, based on the latest available image data. The color should tell you exactly which area is more problematic. Red color means trouble and probably requires the highest amount of N fertilizer. Green, on the other hand, generally indicates high vegetation density areas that need considerably less nitrogen.

To create a Vegetation map, you will need to select an appropriate vegetation index in the drop down menu.

how to select a vegetation index to create a vegetation map

Next, select an available image date.

how to select image date to calculate a vegetation map

Finally, select the number of Zones you would like to break the field into. You can also set the minimal area for every Zone.

how to select the number of zones and the mini zone area value

Now all you need to do is to click Calculate

how to calculate zones

The calculation of Zones distribution across the field in the Vegetation maps menu takes just a few seconds. The result is the newly created map on the left and the Vegetation Zones menu on the right for variable rate application.

how to adjust opacity and inputs

You will need to manually set the application rate for each defined zone by typing in appropriate numbers (depending on the system of units selected in the settings). The system will automatically calculate the total amount in the given units of measurement.

an example of input values in Zoning

It will allow you to determine the precise amount of fertilizers to be used for each individual Zone.

Note: the green and red colors on the maps stand for relatively higher and lower vegetation. Green is higher than red, red is lower than green.

Make sure there were no anomalies that might have influenced the calculations by moving the Opacity slider to the left and to the right.

opacity level in Zoning

Opacity is set to 80% by default, because at this point any obstructions/anomalies will show in the image overlapping with the Vegetation map.

If you move the slider all the way to the left (0%), you will be able to see for sure if there are any objects in the image obstructing the view.

opacity set to 0%

You can also clearly see where the vegetation on the field is visually extremely low or absent.

If everything looks normal, you can move the Opacity slider all the way to the right (100%), to view the Vegetation map only.

opacity set to 100%

The final step is to download the map with the application rate amounts as a ZIP file. To do just that, click Download SHP at the bottom right.

how to download a vegetation map

Productivity maps

Productivity maps help calculate how much potassium and phosphorus should go in the areas with higher/lower productivity in the field. The red color corresponds to the lowest productivity levels, whereas the green color shows the area with a high productivity. This allows you to distribute K and P fertilizer more efficiently across the field.

Note: You can also use productivity maps to add precision to soil-sampling, focusing more on the areas that appear yellow to red.

how to create productivity maps

This type of Zoning is very simple to perform. 5 different Productivity Zones will be automatically identified in the field. To calculate them, you only need to set the dates to create any period of time up to 2 years, and click Calculate.

how to select the image date to calculate a productivity map

If your field’s area is less than 2 ha / 4.9 ac, the automatic number of Zones will be not 5 but 3, to avoid visual clustering.

Calculations may take a few minutes. The result should look something like this.

UOM for the productivity map

You can use the map to understand how to make your field more productive. On the right, you can type in the necessary amounts of seeds or fertilizers and download both the map and the total amount as a ZIP file.

How to remove the saved maps

You may delete any map from Your maps list at any time by simply clicking on the delete basket in the top right corner.

how to remove saved maps