Information Management to Maximize Your Yields

What about all of those zero yield areas?

Yield Data Cleanup

A common question the last few years has been “what about all those zero yield areas in my fields and how are they tracked?”

Whether by water or by drought, there have been quite a few acres over the last couple years in certain parts of farms that do not yield. When harvesting these areas, operators lift up the combine head. When the combine head is lifted no yield data that is recorded, this is why you have holes in your yield maps like the one below on the left.

In order for SciMax to provide quality information back on all acres of your fields, we take the time to insert zero yield points into these areas like the map below on the right.

With zero yield points added, final yield maps look like the third picture below.
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If we didn’t take the time to diligently fill in zero yield areas with points, the system would apply yields to the areas that aren’t correct like the map below. This cross interpretation of the yield data goes by the closest yield point and then assigns that across the area without yield data points making the map look more like a rainbow rather than having correct yield in each 60ft by 60ft cell.

As we are beginning to bring year end reports to you, having accurate yield history on your fields helps provide better information and data to make the right decisions for next year.

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Another important reason for putting zero yield points in is for fertilizer recommendations for the next year. Many clients are using actual yield data for removal values in fertilizer recommendations, which we recommend. By having these zero yield points in these areas, fertilizer recommendations will use that value for removal rather than an average number that is higher.

Have questions? Be sure to contact your SciMax Solutions Specialist today!