Which satellite map should I select to view a field?

After adding your field, you can see a satellite map of the field with a biomass layer on it.


You can select 2 types of satellite maps to view your field. Click on the map layer tile in the lower right corner of the field map and choose between base map and field view.





Which biomass map to select



Base map


This high resolution but outdated earth map is useful to identify field boundaries when adding your fields to Atfarm. The base map allows you to navigate on fields and to view field boundaries with a high resolution. This is especially useful for identifying streams, roads, etc.


The imagery for our base map is provided by Mapbox. They update their imagery every few years. Therefore the field outlines you see on the base map may differ from the current outlines of your fields. So if your uploaded field boundaries do not match the base map, it is not a defect.


Please note:

We do not use the outdated base map to monitor your crops and create recommendations for you, but satellite images that are updated every 3 to 5 days, which you can find in field view.





Field view


These low resolution but up-to-date satellite images are useful to check the field condition.


The satellite images are taken every 3 to 5 days by Sentinel-2 A and B satellites of the European Space Agency's Copernicus programme and uploaded to Atfarm. Sentinel-2 images capture the red edge of light making them ideal for detecting changes in vegetation far before your eyes could notice any anomalies.


You can access images from up to 2 years in the timeline below the map and observe the crop development of your field.




Clouds can be detected easily through field view images with our cloud detection algorithm. Cloudy satellite images are hidden by default in the timeline as the biomass layers cannot be applied to them and therefore Variable N-Rate Application (VRA) Maps cannot be created with such images. But you can still view cloudy satellite images and check whether they are indeed cloudy.

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