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What variety was highest yielding across all of your farms? Which areas of each farm were most profitable? Which nutrients had the greatest effect on yield? Did that pesticide application pay? Your yield monitor can help to answer all of these questions and many more. Yield monitors are truly an annual report card for your farming operation.

To use your yield data to answer questions about your farm requires combining the yield data with other information about your farming practices that season. For example: by knowing where you applied a pesticide trial strip will allow you to determine if the application had an influence on yield and whether or not the yield influence was profitable.

To get the most value from your yield monitor it is important to lay out at the beginning of the season the different aspects of your operation that you would like to test using yield at the end of the season. The reports that can be generated from yield data are limitless, but in order to have more than just a pretty map of your farm come the fall some planning and record keeping is required during the season.

Yield data is not only a report card of last season but also a very useful tool when planning for the upcoming season.