Nail Down Harvest Timing With Tech

  • Aug 27, 2018
Nail Down Harvest Timing With Tech
Across much of the Midwest, above-average temperatures have pushed crop development ahead of typical five-year averages. Crops in some areas have accumulated enough growing degree units to put them one to two weeks ahead of where they normally are this time of year. As you prepare for harvest, tech tools can help you determine when it’s time to fire up the combines.
 
Plan your attack
Now is a good time to begin assessing your fields to determine harvest order. An obvious place to start is with crop maturity, but don’t let that be the only indicator. Two hybrids with the same relative maturity can dry down at very different rates, depending on genetics, plant health and field placement.
 
Using the R7® Tool to compare biomass accumulation and drydown across fields can give you a more accurate indication of when it’s time to begin harvest. The Field Monitoring Tool uses imagery comparisons to keep tabs on plant health. A field that is drying down shows less vigor and decreasing moisture levels, indicated by a downward trend in the Field Monitoring Tool. The Field Forecasting Tool (FFT) can help predict how quickly fields are drying down. Using both tools together can give you a good indication of how to prioritize fields for preharvest scouting, moisture measurements and harvest order.
 
Flag problems
You can also use the R7 Tool to flag fields that could require logistical considerations or extra time to harvest. Are there low spots that need to be harvested before rain or snow comes? Or perhaps the FFT has identified a high-yield-potential field, but you notice that stalk integrity on the chosen hybrid isn’t holding up. Knowing that you could have a lot of yield to lose if corn falls flat, you might opt to prioritize this field over a drier one with less yield potential.
 
Connect with your local WinField United retailer to use technology tools that can focus your scouting efforts for a more efficient harvest.