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.”
Wallace, a precision ag specialist, says when new clients want to move into precision management and data tracking, the first step is to create good yield maps.
Markus Braaten, manager of agronomic precision services for the Agri-Trend Knowledge Team, agrees with Wallace that yield data is one of the most valuable pieces of data in a grower’s toolbox.
“We recognize that we have variability, we get zone maps and we deploy management that reflects this,” says Braaten. “You need the yield data to close the loop, otherwise you’re always starting at square one.”
When it comes to determining nutrients by zone or by acre, yield data is crucial. “I want to put down the nutrients I need to grow the bushels I want, so if I’m not documenting bushels, how do I know where to apply?”
Good question...stay tuned.
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