The answer to why you should be calibrating your yield monitor

September 25, 2017

Chris Bower, Lead Production 

Lately, I have found myself stuck more in the office than in the fields.

That was not the case this past week, though. After I finished processing our seed wheat for the season, I was graciously asked to help one of our customers calibrate his yield monitor. Eager to lend a hand, I pulled over our Unverferth Seed Tender to his Fayette County farm to assist.

It’s not breaking news when I tell you that the harvest season is nearing the halfway point. With less than six weeks to go, many tasks still linger on a farmer’s brain: do I have enough storage, how long should I run my fans, what needs fixed still, and oh yeah, can’t forget to re-calibrate my yield monitor.

Bower helping a Fayette county farmer unload beans into a weight-cart and calibrate his yield monitors.

The process for correctly calibrating your yield monitors should take place in the first field you harvest to ensure that your yield data stays accurate, re-calibrating when you change crops might not be a bad thing.

Why are yield monitors so important? In layman terms, these monitors can tell while you are harvesting just how much the crop is yielding per acre. It helps the farmer see exactly what they are getting per acre.

Not only that, but it can also tell where in the field the crops are yielding best, and to determine what varieties work best on their farm. This information can help farmers make decisions for future seeding rates and fertilizer applications.

You might follow that up by asking just how accurate are these yield monitors? And that depends on the monitor and how well they are calibrated. If they are not calibrated, they are not accurate.

Some farmers take maximizing the yield per acre very seriously. Monitors play a crucial role. A yield monitor is an important tool for gathering the data needed to farm by the acre rather than by the field.