The best times to calibrate and/or recalibrate your yield monitor:
- At the start of harvest
- Changing of harvested crops
- Large range in test weight and moisture content (greater than 5% change)
Best practices for accurately calibrating your yield monitor:
- Harvest a minimum of 3,000 crop lbs.
- Harvest 4-8 loads
- Use different harvest speeds for each load (2 mph, 4 mph, etc.)
- Ensure the weigh wagon or grain cart scale is accurate
High-stress growing seasons increase crop production variability throughout the field, making it more important to practice correct calibration.
When yield data is accurately collected through the yield monitor, data can be exported to a variety of yield analytics tools offered by Landus Cooperative allowing your Field Sales Agronomist to locate and confirm the high yielding spots and troubleshoot for next year.
With yield data from your monitor, your Landus Cooperative Field Sales Agronomists can recommend the right amount of fertilizer with our Variable Rate-Crop Removal Fertilizer Recommendations. Your yield data allows us to help you take a deeper dive using our zone management toolbox. These zones allow your agronomist to better manage fertilizer and seed inputs on your hilltops versus the depressions as well as the high yielding areas versus the lower-yielding areas of your farms. This will ensure you a better return on your fertilizer and seed inputs, knowing that they were placed as the right source, on the right acre, at the right rate, at the right time.
If you have any questions about proper and accurate yield monitor calibration or you’re ready to take your yield data to the next level, please reach out to your Field Sales Agronomists.