Resolve to Gain Insights in the New Year

  • Jan 11, 2018
Resolve to Gain Insights in the New Year
In the heat of a busy growing season, it can be challenging to gather the information you need to more precisely plan for the following year. However, taking the time to accurately gather and analyze your data can be invaluable in gaining insights into your fields — insights that can result in better decisions and greater yield and return on investment (ROI) potential at harvest.
 
Here are some tips to help you keep on track with data collection in 2018.
 
1. Ensure data accuracy.
Make sure you have good data to work with and that what it is telling you is correct. This can be accomplished by ensuring your combine is calibrated properly. It’s standard practice to recalibrate between crops; however, it’s also important to recalibrate between fields of the same crop so you can compare the performance of individual fields. It’s also critical to ensure that no weather events have occurred that would have affected the outcome of those records.
 
2. Collect data in a timely fashion.
The earlier you collect data off the combine, the earlier you can start making decisions. Apps such as Farmobile and Climate FieldView™, both available through Answer Tech®, offer easy, secure data retrieval and transfer, and the ability to interact with this information at any time during the season.
 
3. Use data from your local Answer Plot® location.
Local Answer Plot® Program data can figure prominently into your hybrid selections for the following year. For example, response to nitrogen (RTN) scores can help you determine which hybrids require more nitrogen for optimal performance and which require less. With today’s low commodity prices and significant input costs, having this information allows you to apply nitrogen where it will give you the best ROI potential.
 
4. Integrate data into your decision-making process.
Solid data and insights can inform your purchasing decisions and even save you money by allowing you to purchase inputs early. Identifying your lowest- and highest-producing zones can help you understand what areas have the greatest potential for yield optimization. Profit maps from the R7® Tool by WinField United help you assess where you were profitable and where you need to make changes.
 
5. Aggregate data for a complete picture.
Because no two growing seasons are the same, looking at data from multiple years helps remove variability from the picture. Using these records to examine what could have been and what actually occurred lets you know what you can do to close those gaps. Analyzing information from multiple years helps deepen those insights and allows you to remove any outlier data that could be skewing your analysis.
 
You know your fields better than anyone, but be sure to include your local advisor in your data collection and analysis, and product selection decisions. Having that objective agronomic perspective could mean the difference between a good year and an outstanding one.
 
 
 
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