Three types of farm documents should be collected routinely so that farmers can compare practices among seasons and improve their operations. That’s according to Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie in Episode 8 of Corn College TV Season 3.
"The more you collect, of course, the more you have to make management decisions on," Ferrie says.
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Those documents are simple soil tests, broken down by soil type; aerial imagery; and yield maps. Beyond those, other crucial histories to keep include weather and changes in agronomic practices such as variable-rate planting.
Make sure to bring key farm workers to the table when evaluating data after harvest, particularly those who operated the planter, sprayer and combine, Ferrie says. Their insights, paired with field maps, will help farmers plan changes for the next season.
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