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Planning for Success

Dec 12, 2017, 11:21 AM

Harvest may have finished recently, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s success. There are many ways to use high-quality data collected from this year to help plan for next years’ crops. It may be something as simple as recalculating a field’s total acres for next season’s resource planning, or creating a variable rate prescription application for fertilizer, seed, or irrigation.

The first step in this process is removing harvest documentation data from your display and cleaning it up in Apex or the John Deere Operations Center. These data management systems enable you to post-calibrate each field or machine to get a geospatially accurate yield map as a “report card” for the field. A clean yield map really shows how the field actually performed and what varieties may have excelled or failed to meet your expectations agronomically and/or financially. Another advantage of a clean yield map is that it makes creating a variable rate prescription much easier if there are no other data layers with which to compare it. Starting out with accurate yield data will translate into a more accurate prescription when combining it with other data layers like: EC, elevation, and slope, - which all use GPS location to ensure precise accuracy. Tracking the yield performance can help determine what zones might need more or less fertilizer in next year’s crop as well. Zone soil sampling can be done with confidence after the field zones are defined; ensuring proper nutrient placement. Creating a variable rate prescription application from high-accuracy data layers can ultimately allow each area of the field to maximize financial return by potentially reducing inputs or reallocating those resources to a more productive agronomic area.

Accurately recording documentation data during harvest activities enables easier tracking of varieties and their true performance characteristics like where to place them to perform best and generate the highest ROI in subsequent years. An easy way to start and keep display information uniform across your farm and equipment is to build a common setup file to load on each display that has all your machines, implements, fields, guidance lines, boundaries, products, and much more to maintain accurate and consistent records. It will also save you a lot of time in the long-run.     

Consider our team as a helping hand in keeping your operation running smoothly. The amount of data gathered over a season can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be if you let us put our expertise to work for you from the start. Your investment in the technology has already been made and your local ISG Consultant is here to help you be as efficient as possible by investing in the quality of the data being recorded. This enables accurate and intelligent future management decisions to be made from the data to impact the specific areas of each field for which they were intended. Let one of our local ISG team members help you with any of these agronomic decision processes from data management to writing your prescriptions for next year’s crops. 

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