By Dennis Burns & R.L. Frazier
Now is the time to get fields and crops organized for the upcoming season. When it comes to field names and numbers, consistency is the key to success. Analyzing yield data or documenting production practices for multiple years makes it virtually a requirement. Other information such as crops, variety names, chemicals, fertilizers, equipment, etc. can be entered now in preparation for use. This information can be entered using desktop programs (e.g. APEX, Farm Works, SMS) and copied to the data cards which go in the equipment on the tractors, sprayers, and harvesters. Or it can be entered directly into the equipment if one of the desktop programs is not available. Along with these card entries, make a reference notebook with maps and other information that can stay with each tractor, sprayer, harvester, and other equipment. Time spent now getting data prepared and organized will help keep field operations moving smoothly with fewer glitches to hinder data analysis after the tasks are finished. For more information or assistance with this or other precision ag applications please contact Dennis Burns (318-267-6709) or R.L. Frazier (318-267-6714) with the LSU AgCenter.