Farmer Using Precision Ag Monitor During PlantingIn today’s age, it’s becoming more accepted that digital ag data is only as powerful as the user behind it. Collecting data can be advantageous if done correctly, or detrimental if it’s erroneous or misleading. Especially leading into planning for the coming year, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Kansas State Ag Economist Terry Griffin suggest these tips for analyzing field data:

  • Only analyze yield maps on your farm, don’t send them elsewhere.
  • Use raw data, not contoured.
  • Confirm consistent conditions with yield monitor calibration.
  • Overlay soil type and topography on maps.
  • Always compare new yield data with past records.
  • Don’t rely on average yields.

In the digital ag space, precision agriculture is easier with the right data. Read more on proper data collection and analysis here.