Corn harvest

Make the Most of this Year's Harvest Data

To get the most out of your technology investment, it’s time to start collecting good, reliable insights. Data collection can provide a wealth of information about your fields, so it’s important to capture the most accurate yield data possible. Here are a few ways to optimize data collection this year. 

1. Get a game plan.
We’ve experienced some droughty conditions in our area this year so, we may see some lodging and decreased stalk quality. These issues can play tricks on a yield monitor. Consider harvesting those fields first to get an accurate representation of yield, before your corn starts lying over. From there, use features within The R7® Tool to prioritize fields based off peak biomass.

2. Ensure data accuracy throughout harvest.
You’ve heard the saying, “Crap in, crap out.” This couldn’t be any more true during harvest time. Calibrate your combine as you harvest your first field, and then again several times throughout harvest. This will help ensure you’re getting the most accurate reflection of a hybrids’ performance, allowing you to make more informed decisions going forward. 
 
3. Clean it up. 
Once the data has been loaded into the computer, it’s time to clean it up. It’s best to remove outliers and bad data sets, as well as make sure that fields are named correctly in your records. Also, pay close attention to signs of high and low-flow areas and faulty sensors. We get it; this step can seem overwhelming. That’s why we created Mid-West’s On-Site Precision Services. If you have questions or concerns, contact one of our team members to help. We want to make this easy for you!
 
4. Review data postharvest. 
You’ve collected your best data yet – now it’s time to analyze. Here’s how:

  • Make note of contributing factors, such as heat, water-stress, and in-season management, to help determine why crops performed as they did. This will help you more accurately place hybrids next year.
  • Evaluate on farm trials and discuss results with your Mid-West Agronomist. 
  • Examine yield maps with ag technology tools that calculate profitability, like R7®. By entering input costs, you can assign a monetary value to yield and determine how field variability impacted overall margins. 
  • Identify different production zones in each field and look for ways to optimize ROI in these areas.
 
5. Identify key takeaways.
With the data you have now clean and analyzed, it is time to take what you have learned and apply it to this upcoming year. Bring in you harvest data and production goals to your next farm planning session, and let the Mid-West Fertilizer team help you get a jumpstart on 2019!