The Yield Prophet Blog

Communicating changes and updates to the Yield Prophet system, research results and interesting ideas from the community.

Yield Prophet Season Review

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM by Louisa Ferrier


The 2016 season will see the introduction of a new season review for paddocks in Yield Prophet. The purpose of this process is to provide you with more information about your crop and create an opportunity to benchmark your crop's performance. 


As the saying goes: “There is always room for improvement”. An important part of improving your farm performance is to review the season that has just passed. How did you go? What could you have done better?

The season review will provide:

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New features and bug fixes for June

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 03:57 PM by Julie McClelland


 

We’ve made updates to the Yield Prophet website. Below are some tips to help you navigate the new changes.

 

Canola Growth Stages:

You can view growth stage predictions either in the Crop Report or on the ViewPaddock ViewPaddock screens.

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Shortcut to the Latest Crop Report:

In ViewPaddock ViewPaddock, the green sidebar now has a quick link to the latest report generated for your selected paddock. It will list an Autoreport if that is the latest crop report generated.

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Automated Reports:

You can

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Adding and editing nitrogen fertiliser applications in Yield Prophet

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM by Louisa Ferrier


Since launching the new Yield Prophet site, we've had a couple of questions about how to edit nitrogen applications on the new site, so here's a guide to get you started.

There is one method for editing nitrogen applications and three for adding nitrogen. The three methods for adding nitrogen will achieve the same outcome so don’t be concerned about which one you use.

1.1 Log In

Just Login as normal, using your personal user name and password.

1.2 Dashboard

After logging in, a dashboard

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A close match between the actual soil type and the selected characterisation is essential for accurate Yield Prophet simulations. This means that picking the right soil characterisation is one of the most important steps in setting up your paddock, and pays dividends when you get it right. To make this job easier, we’ve implemented a new tool that will give you a shortlist of close matches to choose from, based on the results of a Particle Size Analysis (PSA).

PSA is available from most soil

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Yield Prophet yield predictions to now incorporate the effects of frost and heat

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 01:58 PM by Tim McClelland


Frost and heat stress are major issues for the Australian broadacre grain industry. Frost stress costs around $360 million in direct and indirect yield losses to growers each year, according to GRDC estimates, and I would hazard a guess that heat stress is at least as significant as frost. As a result, I’m pleased to announce that Yield Prophet users can now run input scenarios for their wheat and canola paddocks that are based on frost and heat-affected yield potentials. This should allow for

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New Yield Prophet Lite App Released

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 03:01 PM by Tim McClelland


BCG releases crop forecasting app for farmers

Successful on-line crop forecasting tool Yield Prophet® now has its own app.

Launched by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) on June 12, the Yield Prophet Lite app is a free tool that lets farmers estimate their potential crop yields based on forecast rainfall probabilities for the rest of the season.

BCG Yield Prophet co-ordinator Tim McClelland said the app, which had been developed in partnership with CSIRO, uses data from the Bureau of Meteorology’s

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Updated wheat maturity classifications to improve the Yield Prophet experience

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM by Tim McClelland


The classifications for a large number of wheat varieties used in APSIM by the Yield Prophet tool have been updated, improving the accuracy of outputs for Yield Prophet subscribers.

The updated maturity parameters and classifications are the result of field work carried out across Australia. The work, which was led by Dr Zvi Hochman (CSIRO), sought to back the paramertisation of wheat varieties used by APSIM.

According to Dr Hochman, many variety parameters (the value attributed to a function

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Adding Manual Rainfall in the new Yield Prophet

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 04:11 PM by Stephen van Rees


Since launching the new Yield Prophet site, we've had a couple of questions about how to track rainfall manually on the new site, so here's a helpful guide to get you started.

 

During paddock setup, you'll need to select "Manual entry" as your Rainfall Source on the Paddock's Location and Weather Setup screen.

 

Once you've done this, that particular paddock should have a button that looks like a rain cloud on the Dashboard.

 

Clicking on that button will give you a popup directly on

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New features and bug fixes for April

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 10:59 AM by Stephen van Rees


In the month since launching the new Yield Prophet website, we've been hard at work listening to your feedback and working on changes and bug fixes.  Here's a list of some of the changes that we've made in the past month.

 

General

- The dashboard now shows more detail about your paddock's setup status, so that you know which parts of YP setup have been completed and which you still need to do.

- The "Remember me" function in the login panel now remembers you

- The "Logout" button now logs

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Subscribing for the 2016 Growing Season

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 02:32 PM by Stephen van Rees


As part of the redesign of the Yield Prophet website, we asked some Yield Prophet users for feedback about the existing sign-up process. We heard that it was complicated, had too many steps, wasn't great on slower internet connections, and didn't do a good job overall, especially for consultants who had lots of growers and lots of paddocks.

Based on this feedback, we've redesigned the subscription process to be faster, simpler, and easy to use for both consultants and growers.  We'll walk you

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