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Planning for Planting: Yield Maps

Feb 26, 2013

Author: Kirk Greenwell, Western Kentucky,

For a successful harvest, it is recommend to begin planting season with a pre-arranged plan. It is recommended to utilize all resources available, which includes yield maps. Kirk Greenwell, Channel® Seedsman in Kentucky, explains how yield maps play an important role in planning for planting. Starting with a plan and executing it is key in achieving your planting goals. We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions for Greenwell to answer:

Question: How can yield maps help farmers at planting?

KG: There’s some very important information that we gather from yield mapping with today’s technology. We need to make sure that the information that we are pulling is the correct information, so we can utilize the information to the fullest.PlanningforPlanting

Question: What are some benefits of using yields maps?

KG: We can find problem areas in the field. We can target those problem areas with soil sampling and tissue sampling. You can actually go out into the field with your local Seedsman to determine what may be the problem in that area.

Question: What other ways can farmers utilize this information?

KG: Other ways we can utilize this information is with nutrient placement. We can write prescriptions for nitrogen, phosphate, potassium and variable rate technology. Even if your farm is not set up for variable rate technology, it may be in the future. Compile that up with years of yield mapping, which can be used to help fine tune variable rate prescriptions. Just because you are not using it now, doesn’t mean you won’t be using it in the future.

Channel Seedsmen and agronomists are available to help answer questions about your specific fields. For more information, email Kirk directly at or visit to locate a Channel Seedsman in your area to experience how they can help maximize your yield potential.

Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

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