Step 1: Pre-Harvest
is yield data useless if your equipment isn’t properly calibrated?
This is a common myth, but surely there’s always a bit of truth underlying every popular myth.
First, what is yield data?
Yield monitoring equipment was introduced in the early 1990s and is increasingly considered a conventional practice in modern agriculture. The pioneers of precision agriculture already have several years of yield history and have examined different ways of interpreting and processing these data.
Farming without good yield data is like going to school without getting a report card.
“Yield data is one of the most important pieces of data we need to make decisions,” says Jordan Wallace, co-owner of GPS Ontario and Trimble Reseller. “I can use all these different materials or solutions but if I don’t know what my report card says at the end of the year, you can’t use the information to make decisions.”
Recently released research results out of the agricultural economics department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has found that adoption rates among farmers of precision ag technologies is stronger than ever.