How Uploading Planting Data Can Sow Benefits For Your Operation

Brad Roberts

May 02, 2022

As farmers hit the fields during planting season, it’s a busy time for growers across the country. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in making sure all of your crops get planted, it’s also a good time to start thinking about all of the data that’s associated with planting. 

Are you utilizing your planting data to your advantage? We’ll walk you through some of the benefits of uploading your planting data when you become a member of FBN®.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the unlocked features you’ll be able to access as an FBN member. 

Customized planting reports

Once you upload some of your planting data, you’ll receive a summary of what was planted at your operation on a field-by-field level based on your data . You’ll also find additional available information on seeding rates and weather conditions during planting. Finally, you’ll receive a planting map for each of your fields. 

This is a quick and easy way to view key planting information. All of your planting data is carefully organized in a way that will enable you to review what took place at an operation level and for each field. This is a great resource to access throughout the season when you need to recall where things were planted and the environment in which they were planted. It’s also helpful for future seasons when you’ll want to revisit what you did year after year. 

In season yield prediction

You’ll also gain access to an in-season yield prediction report starting in June that can be accessed via the FBN mobile application. The full report can be found at>reports within your account. As well, you can see field by field predictions within the FBN mobile app. The FBN mobile app can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play.  This report will refresh every few weeks. 

Interested in gaining insights as to what your field yield potential is? The In-Season Yield Prediction Tool uses your planting data and historical field data, satellite imagery, weather details, and more to give you a future look as to what your yield might be. 

If field boundaries haven’t been loaded, the planting files will create them. This will provide you with access to features that you’ll want to check frequently such as:

  • Weather (precip, soil moisture, soil temp, wind speed)

  • Satellite Imagery

  • Soil Properties and Soil Type maps

  • Field terrain and elevation

Planting data is vital to load into your account because when it’s time for harvest and uploading your harvest data, this will match the two different data layers. The first will show products planted and where and how they’re planted. The second will show your yield results for that product. This will provide you with further insights. Without planting data, you won’t truly be able to understand how your products performed.

Analysis tools


This will display an easy to follow list of products planted, the rate they were planted, yield information and ROI details like cost/a and cost/bu (if other invoices have been uploaded).


This tool provides an analysis of how your planting actions may have affected yield, yield by seeding rate, planter speed, crop rotation and tillage practice. 


This will give you a robust analysis of the products you planted, field actions taken like crop rotation, seeding rate, tillage, weather, planting dates and overall harvest information. 

How to upload planting data

There are many ways to enter data into your FBN account. You can store all of your planting files from your planting monitor onto a USB thumb drive and then simply upload them from your computer to your FBN account.

If you utilize John Deere or CNH software, you can easily stream your data into the FBN account by quickly initiating an integration between the two systems. Watch this video to learn more:

If you’re a Climate FieldView user, you can export your planting data by logging into, select Data and then Data Manager.  Select the field, click on Actions and choose Export DAT Files.  

You can then either upload those files yourself at or simply email to

You can also manually add a planting layer with just a few quick pieces of information. Learn more about how to add a planting layer by reading this handy list

Additional resources

If you ever need help uploading data into your account or have other questions, please email and our team of Data Specialists will be happy to assist you. 

To access and learn more about these resources there are various levels of contributing data to ensure your account is ready to Power Up Your Farm.

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Brad Roberts

May 02, 2022