Subscriber Pages FAQ's
Updated on Thursday, October 30, 2003
HarvestMap "My Fields"
HarvestMap "My Maps"
HarvestMap "Community View"
How do I use the My Fields, My Maps, Community View and
As a subscriber, you have full access to these tools. To learn
about how to use these pages go to our Products
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"My Fields" page Questions:
How do I select a yield monitor file to upload?
Once you subscribe you can go to the My Files page and click on
the "Upload File" button to browse your PC for the file
you want to upload. Once selected, simply then click on the "Upload
File" button to start the process. After the upload is complete,
you will be asked to verify the grain type and then asked to give
the file a name meaningful to you (e.g. South 40).
How is the composite revenues, expenses and net profits
The composite revenues and expenses are the summation of the files
you uploaded and inputs or selections you made within Financials
for each field. The revenues are defaulted to the daily cash price
from CBOT and can be modified to futures or specific price selection
you make on each field within the Financials. Expenses represent
the direct and indirect expense inputs you made within Financials
for each field. Revenues - Expenses = Net Profit. Net Profit is
used loosely and assumes you include all your expenses which may
include income taxes.
How do I view my error corrections details, or modify
my data entered?
From the My Fields page, select by clicking on the field name.
Once the errors correction window appears, you can view or modify
the details by clicking on the "Change" button. You
can modify any detail about that field's growing season per the
- Chemicals used
- Details about your soil
- Growing season practices.
- Weather summary
Note that error correction details are view only and cannot be
modified after the initial updated and error correction process.
You may view either the error correction, or go to data entered
by pressing the appropriate tab:
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Maps" page Questions:
Is there something I can do to make my maps display quicker?
The My Maps page presents a color coded graphical display of your
yield, moisture or hybrid field maps. The heavy graphics may take
a while to display on your screen. The amount of time it takes
to display may vary depending on your internet connection and
system RAM, memory, speed, etc. If you feel your maps are
taking longer and longer to display then it may be time to delete
your temporary files. Consult your operating system instructions
for removing temporary files. In Windows, go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System
Can other subscribers see my maps or detail data that
Part of our services includes the uploading of your yield monitor
files, mainly for your analysis and use. The graphical views representing
your fields – such as yield maps - will not be shared with
other users, or third parties. However, the summary information
contained in these files will become part of the HarvestMap database
that is available to any subscriber in a non-identifying and aggregate
basis. Please see our Privacy Statement
What does the histogram tell me?
The histogram is a statistical analysis provided that displays
the distribution of your yield per area for a given field and
also the degree of yield variability. For example, the average
yield may be 160 bushels per acre in which 63% of data points
are within 40 bushels of the average. The 40 bushels represent
the degree of variability.
What does equal distribution mean?
When creating maps of your field, you have a choice of how the
data is grouped, which then becomes part of the map legend. The
equal distribution choice means that of the eight ranges that
are listed in the legend, the number of data points will be equal
in each range group. To do this, the range end points are adjusted
automatically to accommodate this.
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View" page Questions:
Why is the search I performed on the community view page
show a different result than the same search I performed last
The HarvestMap community view data base will continue to grow
as new subscribers join and upload their files, which will impact
the results of your search in a good way. The more subscribers
that join, the better the quality of data that will be available
for you to analyze. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbors
the power of sharing data through the HarvestMap community view
and help us grow the database.
How do I perform a search and how would I use it?
Perform a search by choosing specific criteria from the selection
values, just scroll and click on the values you want to narrow
your search on or search on all. The more criteria you select
the more closely you can mirror the conditions you have experienced
or anticipate this year. Here's a few search examples:
- See how a specific hybrid performed in the HarvestMap community
relative to your personal experience by selecting one of your
hybrids from the selection values list and hit the search button.
- Discover what hybrid performed the best under similar conditions
you experienced by selecting the crop type, weather and soil
type that best matches your conditions and hit the search button.
- Create performance rankings among the suppliers by specifying
a crop type and hitting search button.
Can I print or copy to Excel the search results?
Yes. To print simply click on your internet browser print button.
If you would like to copy search results to Excel to perform further
analysis just select the area of the report you wish to copy and
select Edit/Copy (shortcut is Ctrl C) then go to excel and Edit/Paste
(shortcut is Ctrl V).
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"Financials" page Questions:
Where does the commodity information come from?
The commodity futures quotes come from the Chicago Board of Trade
(CBOT) with daily updates. The prices shown are prices from the
most recent market close available. If the price is not current
the provider hasn't submitted the most recent information or the
current day market is not closed.
Can I select a specific price or commodities futures
price to calculate revenues for one of my field?
Yes. To see projected revenues from your field select CBOT cash
or futures from drop down or input a specific price (Bushels ×
Price = Revenues)
Can I put in detail cost items into the Financials?
You can launch the Direct (or Indirect) Cost Itemizer by clicking
on the appropriate button located on the Financial tool summary
page. HarvestMap Systems Direct (and Indirect) Cost Itemizer is
an operating expense tracking tool. This tool allows you the flexibility
to keep track of expense details by field.
Is there a way to put in a specific cost item that is
not listed in itemizer?
Yes. Just type in the specific cost descriptions in the "Other"
expenses box and enter data by cost per acre or total cost for
each line item.
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What is the what-if results based on?
The what-if tool will search the HarvestMap database with some
criteria that you specify, and by some criteria that is automatically
based upon the current field type being viewed. The automatic
items include your field's product type, such as corn, or soybeans.
You can add constraints to this search by including soil type,
and some weather parameters.
How statistically reliable is the results of the What-If?
It depends on the data population that meets the specified criteria.
If there is a large number of data items that meet the specified
criteria, then the confidence in the data becomes higher.
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