#Harvest18 is in full swing throughout most of the United States and farmers are heads-down, focused on completing harvest before the next rain. It’s tempting to allow the “busy work” of harvest distract you from the importance of collecting good ag data.

Don’t let it!

You’ve worked hard the last four to six months to grow the best possible crop and you now have the opportunity to put together a scorecard.

Are you taking the necessary steps to make sure the scorecard is as accurate as it can possibly be? After all, how can you determine the true impact of the agronomic changes you made if you don’t have accurate yield data?

Remember the following when you calibrate your yield monitor. It will take less than 30 minutes!

  1. Complete 4-5 calibration loads for each calibration.
  2. Make sure you harvest at least 3000-5000 pounds of grain.
  3. Vary the bushels per hour of grain flow for each calibration load.
  4. Ensure all calibration loads have less than 3% error. If greater than 3% error, run another calibration load at a similar flow to replace the higher error load.
  5. Consider lowering the pound break to 1-5 pounds, not the 20-pound default value of most scales, if you are using a scale on a grain cart.

Quality yield data can create value to your operations decision-making process for the upcoming year and be a valuable tool for reporting production to crop insurance.

Talk to your crop insurance agent about how they can use your yield data and MyAgData® to complete your 2018 Actual Production History (APH).