EOS Crop Monitoring

Getting started

Sign Up

To sign up for Crop Monitoring, please follow some simple steps:

1. Go to Crop Monitoring main page and click Try now

2. Fill in the registration form. Note that you can quickly login using your Google, LinkedIn or Facebook account

3. In case, you have already signed up for one of the EOS Platform products, click Sign in and enter your login (e-mail) and password

4. Welcome to Crop Monitoring!

Work with the map

Find location

To get started with Crop Monitoring, you need to find the Location first. There are several ways to perform the task:

1. Enter the geographical name of the object in the Search box

2. Enter the coordinates of the object in the Search box

3. Find the location by dragging the map and select the needed object.

4. You are also able to switch between the Satellite and Map layers, using the tool-box in the left sidebar.

You can zoom in and out for easier navigation and field managing using “+” and “-” buttons as well as a mouse wheel.  

NB: Both – the system and added fields could be monitored in the satellite view only.

Distance and area measurement

1. The Measure distance tool is located in the left sidebar and is designed to calculate the total area of the field or measure the distance between objects.

2. Outline your field and the result will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

3. Use the tool in exactly the same way to measure distance and the measurement result will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Crop map

Classified fields are displayed on the crop map by default. At the moment, the default crop map with the classified fields is available only for Ukraine, other areas can be added manually. Classified fields are displayed in different colors where each color represents a specific crop.

You can turn on/off the display of all crops or a specific one, as well as find the crops legend in the drop-down menu located in the upper left of the screen. The year of mapping you can choose in the menu next to it. At the moment, you can find the maps for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

1. To select the crop to be displayed on the map use the Crops Filter drop-down menu. This menu also allows displaying all crops simultaneously and select the fields

2. To pick the year for which you want to display the fields use the Year drop-down menu next to the Crops filter.

3. Adding fields for further analysis. To manually add a field, click the Add Field button at the bottom of the main menu. Once you click it, the system will offer you three adding options: Draw polygon, Select on map and Upload fields.

3.1 The Draw polygon option is employed  to contour and add your field on the map. So, find the needed field and use the option.

Once it’s done, click the Add to my fields button and enter the name, select a crop type, as well as sowing date and season of its cultivation in the relative box. Once you click the Save button, the field is added to your Field list. You can edit your fields whenever you need, using the three-dot menu on the right of the field card.

3.2 To add a field to your fields’ list use the Select on map option. It allows to pick one of the existing classified fields. Keep in mind that the ability to select one of the classified fields is available only within the territory of Ukraine.

3.3 The Upload fields instrument provides a possibility to upload files in GeoJSON, Shape or KML formats. To add the fields hit the Select files button or drag-and-drop files to the right side of the screen.

 

Field analysis

To unfold the analytics simply select the added field from the list. You can apply a variety of analytical tools to your field once you have drawn/selected/uploaded it on the map.

1. Once the field is selected, the analytics window automatically unfolds at the bottom of the screen. Graphs that display a representation of NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) are in the centre of this window. Each curve can be disabled by clicking the corresponding colored buttons in the legend. This allows you to disable the unnecessary and compare indices for those years that are of interest to you. There is also the possibility of comparison with the average values for the whole district, thus you can understand how your crop is developing in accordance with general trends. To select data source use the switcher on the right, Sentinel-2 and MODIS satellites are available for now. Sentinel-2 provides you with a higher resolution imagery but MODIS, in turn, has a higher revisit – frequency. To visualize the data for the specific day, hover over the curve

2. To select the start and end dates, the area for which the comparison is being made and weather data use the plotting tools on the left. To visualize the info for the specific dates, set them in the calendar

3. To compare your field with another district, select it from the drop-down list

4. To add weather data to the graph, select the required value from the Weather data drop-down list. You can add such parameters as temperature, precipitation, winter kill, cold stress and heat stress, among others. The Winter kill option displays low temperatures that threaten your winter crops so that you can easily track them and draw conclusions based on the NDVI index. The Cold stress option highlights the days when severe frosts occurred. And the Heat stress option, in turn, reflects the risks associated with drought. Thus you can track the vegetation drawdowns on the plots with extreme temperatures.

5. To expand the statistics and perceive the NDVI index of your field use the small panel above the analytics window. Statistics can be displayed in hectares or percentage terms. Using this panel you can download the NDVI map in .tiff or .shp formats as well. Shape format will provide you with the pixel-by-value NDVI at each point and TIFF format will give a regular image with the NDVI applied. Three-dot menu switches from NDVI to RGB composite i.e. natural color which is not distorted by anything.

Weather data

You can find the weather data in the field menu, in order to expand it, click the arrow icon at the top of the weather card. The weather card displays such parameters as wind speed, humidity, cloudiness and atmospheric pressure.

1. The Forecast option provides you with access to the weather forecast for the coming days. Forecasting is available for wind speed, humidity, atmospheric pressure, cloud coverage and expected precipitation, among others. In addition to the forecast for the coming days, you will have access to a weather data archive. The Forecast button is located at the bottom of the card.

2. In order to use the historical weather option, select Historical  from the drop-down menu on the upper right of the screen.

3. To set the vegetation period choose the season you are interested in (available from 2008) and its start and end dates using the calendar. To add a curve displaying the data for the last five years activate the Compare with 5 years average option.

You can get all this information using the Weather analytics tab on the main sidebar as well.

Notifications

1. To be updated on the latest events use the Notifications tab. It offers statistics on the added fields and visualizes the changes. The tab displays field footprint and name, field location, coordinates, area, crops growing, current field index and change in its value as well as the time when the last image of your field was acquired.  To choose the day when statistics were generated use the calendar in the upper right. Most of the values can be sorted from most to least and vice versa by clicking the corresponding value. You can sort those values with an arrow icon.

2. Drop-down menus for changing the index or value and managing of email notifications are In the upper left corner. The Index menu offers an ability to select the index displayed in statistics (currently only NDVI is available). 

The Value change menu provides you with an ability to choose the step of value changing displayed in statistics. When setting a certain percentage, the results with a lower step of change will not be shown. You can select the default percent values or set your own. 

The E-mail notifications menu allows you to configure the reception of new notifications. You can mute them or select events on which you want to be notified (at the moment notifications are available only on a receiving of your field’s new image).

At the bottom of the screen you can switch pages of the field list.

Scouting tasks

1. In order to send a scout to the field, you should create a scouting task. This task will be automatically sent to the mobile application where a scout can pick it up for further execution. To do this, click the Add new task button at the bottom of the Task list or assign a task through selecting one of your fields.

2. Drop a pointer on the area you want to inspect and the New task window will pop up. It will contain the preview of your field with a pointer and field coordinates. Fill in the appropriate boxes with Task name and Description and click Save. Once it’s done the task will immediately appear in your task list, as well as in the mobile application connected to your account.

3. To get a more detailed description of the task, select it on the Scouting tab that is divided into General and Report. General is for the one who sets the task, it allows to update it, change the name, upload a photo of the field or close the task in case it is completed.

4. The Report tab is for scout. Scout selects the date when the field was inspected, fills in the name of the client i.e. the owner of the field, and the number of the field, changes the field area and crop name, hybrid and sowing date using this tab.

This tab allows scout to add developmental phases indicating the root thickness and the amount of leaves, set the density of plants and make a final review of the field indicating the state of crops and leaving an expert comment as well. After making all the necessary changes, the assigned person Closes the task if it is completed, or Updates the task, if required.

5. In case you need to download the report in the form of a spreadsheet when the task is completed, click the Export button at the top of the Task tab and the downloading will start automatically.

6. Once the task is completed, it will automatically fall into the Сlosed in the Task list, whereupon it will be displayed as closed on the map.

Access through API

Among other advantages, users can access the tool through the API. To use APIs, one should go to the related tab in the main sidebar.

Technical documentation for all APIs is available in this tab.

All the info is arranged for a quick-search and immediate access to application examples, links, guides and tutorials in the menu on the left side of the screen. In addition you can immediately receive your API key at this page.

Settings

To select the language hit the Settings button at the bottom of the main sidebar and pick the one you speak from a pop-up menu or discard the changes, using Cancel if something went wrong. At the moment, there are three languages available: Russian, Ukrainian and English.

Account and pricing

1. To manage your Account i.e log out or change your plan use the tab at the lower end of the main sidebar.

2. You can exit your account using the Log Out button. To familiarize yourself with the proposed plans and fares click the Upgrade Plan button. Three product plans are offered so far. Starter – a free of charge plan where some functions are unavailable and the area of your fields is limited to 250 hectares. Pro plan – a paid plan where all functions are available, and the area of your fields is limited to 1000 hectares. Choosing an Entrepreneurial plan will get you in touch with our sales manager for further discussion of a personal plan that will satisfy your needs.