most farmers know that weather is really “king” when
it comes to how crop’s yield, many studies have shown
that the use of precision farming can increase yield,
particularly with the use of yield monitors. In
short, precision farming is the merging of satelite
technology with your crop harvest. How? By allowing
you to precisely connect your combine's location and
harvest results in real time.
this technology, and some additional software, farmers
can create graphical views of their fields that identify
areas of high and low yield and that therefore provides
the information you need to make input decisions
that can improve economic outcome. But even with today’s
technology, such analysis has its limitations – especially
when it comes to making decisions. Why? Because
the analysis of only one, or even a few fields, provides
too small a sample to build statistical confidence.
Should I continue using the same hybrid, or not? In
some cases, the analysis may result in data that is
biased toward favoring a particular hybrid.
there is a way to put even single-field information
into a broader context. HarvestMap Systems, Inc. is
bringing the power of the Internet to the arena of Precision
Farming analysis. Here at HarvestMap, we intend to perform
the analysis of each yield monitor file completely online.
With this approach, a whole new set of benefits can
be realized. Not only will the farmer be able
to view the yield maps he’s accustomed to, but he can
also receive several additional benefits, such as comparing
his result against hundreds if not thousands of similar
does it work?
simply uploads his yield Monitor file to the HarvestMap
network after he receives a unique username and password.
No one but that user can view the yield map of that
field, but the summary of that field becomes part of
the HarvestMap community, helping to create a pool of
What are the benefits?
really are two main ones: one; providing users
online access to a database that contains yield results
from all across North America, and two; incorporating
real-time information into the decision-making process
– all for a specific field. The value of the “community”
data coming from the yield monitor files cannot be overstated.
This information can be used to compare how well your
hybrid performed against a whole range of others.
Members of the HarvestMap community can ask questions
of the database and discover which hybrids performed
best, say, within 100 miles of their location, or find
out how their hybrid of choice ranked in performance
against others – regardless of the hybrid type.
These database searches can be qualified with a set
of options, such as:
hybrid supplier, or ALL.
soil type, or not,
about the growing season.
Systems also plans to perform its own “data mining”
of the database and periodically publish results to
the site. This report will rank hybrids and chemicals
by performance under a variety of conditions.
With its unbiased approach, HarvestMap Systems, Inc.,
may very well become the “Consumer Reports” of
the precision farming world.
The value of the real-time analysis
includes computing gross profit based upon your total
yield and, the current commodity price of your choice.
Taking this further, the company’s tools allow a range
of “what-if” scenarios with which the producer can elect
to re-compute the yield by substituting his hybrid with
other higher-yielding seeds or more efficient chemicals
from the HarvestMap database. This substitution
option brings the power of “community” data into
play, vastly increasing the power of the precision farming
concept. Based on the growing historical data,
a prediction can be made on your yield increase (albeit
a statistical prediction). Users can not just
increase their yield, but increase their profit – that
is the real objective of these tools.
Specific tools being introduced
Systems plans to launch these new services in first
quarter 2003. A subscriber to this core service
can expect to use the following tools:
your yield monitor file
Experience our robust error
Then, view your files from anywhere at anytime
- all password protected.
|| Find the highest yielding
hybrids by searching
the HarvestMap database using criteria
of your choice . Generate your own reports,
Substitute a hybrid
in one of your fields based on a search of the
HarvestMap Community of data and
see its impact on your bottom line
Our experts will
periodically search the HarvestMap database and
performance of hybrid yields. These studies
will then be archived to our library..
View your Yield,
Moisture, and hybrid maps in a variety of ways.
This tool provides
detailed analysis of your fields down to
a specific hybrid.
Check trends and
see how it affects any one or all of your uploaded
files. Choose which commodity you wish to monitor
and trend over time for each file.
your files online aganist CBOT closing prices,
you can check the value of your fields on a daily
basis. Itemize both direct and indirect costs
and track the
net worth of your fields as commodity prices
HarvestMap is offering the error
correction feature for two reasons. Several studies
have shown that yield monitor files can have errors
- some that are inherent to the process, and some that
are user related. HarvestMap addresses and corrects
such errors, including:
the outlier areas.
name to hybrid name correction
GPS receiver offset
This feature obviously benefits
the farmer, but it also ensures that the HarvestMap
database remains accurate. For more detail about these
products, click here.
Will farmers be willing to upload
their yield monitor files to an Internet site? Can farmers
be secure knowing that the details of their file will
is to not allow anyone to view a farme'rs specific yield
data or maps – though the summary statistics will become
part of the shared community of knowledge; albeit anonymously.
Joe Nelson, President and CEO of HarvestMap Systems,
Says, “I believe that farmers will come to realize
that the value of their yield monitor files are greatly
amplified when it becomes part of a larger community.
It is to their benefit to become part of a shared knowledge
Who can use these services?
To become a member of the HarvestMap
community, and take advantage of these new services,
one needs to subscribe. The price of subscription
is divided between an annual fee and a monthly fee.
The monthly fee, however, will descrease subscribers
upload their yield monitor files. The HarvestMap philosophy
is that the fee should be lower for those who participate
in this community with their own data.
“This concept pushes the value
of precision farming analysis to the next logical level,”
Nelson says. “Granted, farming is a gamble, and largely
dependent upon the weather. But all things being
equal, the use of precision farming techniques does
provide an edge. By becoming a member of the HarvestMap
community,” he adds, “farmers can take a quantum leap
forward in the realm of precision farming analysis”.