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Simultaneous Assessment of Cotton Yield Monitors

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  021163,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.11220) @2002
Authors:   George Vellidis, Calvin Perry, Glen Rains, Dan Thomas, Rodney Hill, Dewayne Dales
Keywords:    Precision farming, Precision agriculture, Yield monitor, Cotton, Evaluation, Assessment, Georgia

The most essential component of precision farming is the yield monitor . a sensor . or group of sensors . installed on harvesting equipment that dynamically measure spatial yield variability. Yield maps, which are produced using data from yield monitors, are extremely useful in providing a visual image to clearly show the variability of yield across a field. In response to the demand for a reliable and accurate cotton yield monitor, several monitors have recently become commercially available. We assessed the AgLeader, AgriPlan, FarmScan, and Micro-Trak cotton yield monitors in southern Georgia for five harvest seasons between 1997 and 2001. During 2001 we also assessed a prototype yield monitor. Each year, three or four yield monitors were mounted on a cotton harvester and used during harvest of several farmer-owned and managed fields. The accuracy of each sensor was tested by comparing the weight of each harvested load to data produced by the yield monitors. Yield maps from each yield monitor were also produced with the respective software packages and compared. Feature comparisons of each monitor were included. Each of the cotton yield monitoring systems we assessed have something to offer a user interested in creating yield maps. All are capable of producing an adequate yield map provided the system is properly calibrated, operated, and maintained.

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