Walker’s Story Part III: Preventing Yield Threats with FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery

April 20, 2017

The final installment of Walker’s story focuses on how he discovered a pollination error using FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery. If you missed the first two parts of Walker’s story, you can find them here:  

Walker’s Story Part I: Using GDD to Track Growth Stages of Corn

Walker’s Story Part II: Planning Scheduling with FarmLogs Rainfall Tracker

 

Discovering a pollination error

One day, we were scouting a field and checking kernel fill on our corn stalks when we realized that some of the cobbs we grabbed up had little-to-no corn in them. The kernels weren’t filled out and we had a major problem. After weeks of thinking and talking to crop consultants, we realized that we had a pollination error in one part of the field and we had no idea how big the spot was. Forecasting a yield for the end of the year was difficult, not knowing how large the affected area was, so the only thing left to do was wait, as the problem had already come and gone.

After weeks of worrying, I started using FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery. When I looked at the imagery in my account, I noticed that something looked off in one of the images. It turns out, that what I was seeing in the imagery was the pollination error. If I had checked the imagery in my account sooner, there was a Crop Health Imagery on an image of the field that was taken several weeks before we had found the problem in the field.

We also found that the problem area in the Crop Health Imagery area matched the yield monitor on our combine perfectly. We saw a huge drop in yield in the same area that was indicated in the imagery. That’s when I realized that FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery works and that we needed to start using it. 

The reason I trust FarmLogs is because it's accurate. The spot in the Crop Health Imagery was the exact size of the pollination problem in the field, and it matched the yield monitor perfectly. I thought to myself, "Man this is awesome, this Crop Health Imagery tool actually works."
Walker recording scouting notes on his family farm in Louisiana
Walker recording scouting notes on his family farm in Louisiana 


The results

The affected spot could have been up to 120 acres and it would have really hurt our yield. Luckily, we discovered that the area was smaller and concentrated to the front part of the field, but if we would have been using Crop Health Imagery to monitor our crop on this field from the beginning of the season, we could have been proactive and kept this issue from ever happening in the first place.

The way I see it, farmers and technology are going to have to become one. There is a gap developing that needs to be filled and if it’s not, farmers will eventually be pushed out of business.

 

Follow Walker on Instagram @walkdawg25 to see more photos and ask him any questions you might have!  

 


 

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Rachel Nizinski

Author

Rachel Nizinski is a Michigan native who developed a passion for agriculture throughout her time growing up in the Midwest. She attended Saginaw Valley State University, and joined the FarmLogs team as a content writer in 2016.