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Valley Irrigation Valley Insights™

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Features

Valley Insights Benefits

  • Detect pivot-related faults and crop-related stress caused by weeds, nutrient deficiencies or improper chemical application with Field Views.
  • Receive notification of potential plant damage so you can take action.
  • Reduce costs by focusing on specific areas of your field.
  • Adjust your pivot as needed to maintain crop uniformity.

How Valley Insights Works

Specifications

VALLEY INSIGHTS FAQ
1. What types of imagery data are being captured?

True Color, NDVI and Thermal imagery data are being collected by sensors through aerial flyovers.

2. What does each type of imagery provide?

True Color imagery shows natural red, green and blue band colors, similar to how the human eye would see the field. Color imagery provides an opportunity to identify areas potentially in need of greater water management and the effects of management systems; e.g., turnarounds in the headlands and planter skips. Additionally, it can be used to perform an initial quantification of lost production acres.

NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) calculated index is used to monitor crop health and vegetation density. The higher the index value, the greater the crop health and density. A color gradient is applied to make the image easier to interpret. A commonly used gradient is red to green, with red representing the low values and green the high. Typically, four colors are used, with each accounting for approximately 25% of the field. This is similar to how a yield map represents data.

Thermal imagery can be used to look at differences in plant or soil temperature and water transpiration, thus can potentially provide early detections of irrigation malfunctions, even before it results in variation in the vegetation.

3. What is the imagery resolution?

True Color - 0.5 meter/pixel
NDVI - 1 meter/pixel
Thermal - 2.5 meters/pixel

4. How often is new data/imagery captured?

Imagery capture is completed on a weekly basis (bi-weekly in Nebraska), although weather may affect flight schedules or in some areas the flight frequency.

5. What types of insights will I receive?

Insights will be provided for issues detected by our artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm. These insights could be pivot-related faults or crop-related stress caused by water application issues, weeds, pests or disease.

6. How often will I receive insight notifications?

Depending on your region, imagery is typically captured on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis, although weather may affect flight schedules. You and your Valley dealer will receive post-flight notification with new imagery. Once the data collection and parsed through the algorithm, additional alerts will be sent if issues are detected within 24-48 hours of image capture.

7. How many Valley Insights notifications should I expect in a season?

This is highly dependent on a number of factors related to irrigation practices and machine performance, as well as weather and field conditions that affect crop health. We estimate that growers will receive 1-2 insights per field per season.

8. What is the purpose of the “feedback” options in the insight report?

Our AI algorithm "learns" and is being optimized based on your feedback, providing greater machine learning that in turn provides growers with better Insights that are customized to their preferences.

9. Why didn't I receive any anomaly notifications this week?

No irregularities were detected in your registered fields. When new imagery is captured from fly-over operations you will receive a notification. Your local dealership can confirm which of your fields are covered by Valley Insights.

10. How do I stop receiving SMS text messages?

Within the Valley Insights app, you are able to manage your notification settings.
1. Simply launch the app and go to the Settings tab.
2. Click on notification management.
3. If you prefer to receive app push notifications versus SMS, simply change the selection using the toggle.

11. How can I add fields to be covered by Valley Insights?

To fully prepare you for Valley Insights, you will utilize the On-Boarding app. Your Valley dealer will provide the necessary training to get your fields registered. Users will log into the On-Boarding app with their Valley 365/Agsense login.

To receive the service, the following data fields are required per pivot (field):
Farm Name
Field Name
Center Pivot GPS Location
Contact Name (can have multiple contacts per field)
Contact Mobile Number

12. How do I add people on my farm so they also receive notifications?

Growers are able to add contacts and assign them to fields using the Valley Insights On-boarding application.

13. Does my Valley dealer also receive notifications?

Yes. Your dealer will receive all notifications related to your registered fields to help you service and troubleshoot any issues that may be uncovered.

14. Where can I view Valley Insights details and images?

Growers can access their insights and imagery in either an iOS and Android app, or a desktop web application. The mobile app allows growers to access and view their data while in the field, while the web app has the same features with some additional analytics.

Growers can receive mobile notifications about new Insights via SMS message, push notification, or via the 365 mobile and web applications (which will link them directly to Valley Insights).

15. How do I analyze the Insight notification I received?

After you click on the notification and you are able to see the issue at hand, you can further analyze the Insight for pinpoint accuracy. Click on Analyze Insight. From here, you have the ability to view the imagery by the varied imagery captured to further understand the water management of the affected area, temperature and vegetative state of the crop.

There are three main components of the analysis page:
1. ability to view historical imagery of the field
2. change the type of imagery band
3. see different insights / tags from different times (of the same field).

These components give you the ability to explore when a certain issue has started, analyze how it developed over time, and when it was resolved. You can further understand the root cause, and track the results of “fixing efforts”.

16. Am I able to share notifications I receive with others?

Yes. This is your field capture, so you have full access to share the insight notification with other members of your operation, your agronomist, etc. to further help you detect and fix field issues in a timely manner.

Simply click on the Insight you wish to share. Under the heading Take Action, click Share, then simply input the recipient’s information.

17. What if I’ve lost my login/password?

To simplify the login process, you can use your phone number. If that number is not identified, please contact Valley Insights Support: valleyinsights@valmont.com

18. Is Valley Insights integrated into the Valley 365 connected crop management platform?

Valley Insights is provided through the subscription-based service of Valley 365. If you have a subscription to both services, Insight notifications are prompted through Valley 365 with notification in the lower navigation bar under Insights. This icon will directly guide you to your Valley Insights dashboard for receipt of your notification to properly manage the issue detected in your field.

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