New information will be available to growers this fall using the FIT mapping service from Pioneer Hi-Bred. Growers who used GPS data and FIT mapping for both planting and harvest operations will receive detailed product-specific performance information for making improved hybrid and variety decisions for next year’s crop. Additionally, if growers conducted a split-planter comparison trial on their farm, they will automatically receive the split-planter difference map for each comparison.
“Growers using the mapping system for both spring planting and fall harvest will benefit from even more information from Pioneer this fall,” says Todd Peterson, Pioneer emerging technologies manager. “We will offer those growers a product-specific yield report within each field and across all fields in their operation. We also have made it very easy to get the maps showing the results of split-planter type comparisons.”
The Pioneer FIT yield mapping system provides growers a harvest summary report, including high-quality yield maps for each field with soil type overlays, a farm overview map with a high-resolution aerial image and a tabular harvest report showing yield statistics for each field.
This service is provided free of charge to growers through Pioneer sales professionals. Once harvest is complete, sales professionals collect growers’ data from the yield monitors and send the information to Pioneer to be mapped. Producers receive the information about two weeks following harvest. Any grower can take part, even those who are not Pioneer customers. However, they must be a customer to view the maps online with Pioneer’s record-keeping system.
Yield reports provide growers a map of each hybrid or variety. If growers have two or more products in one field, they now are able to see which hybrid or variety performs better. “This mapping service helps growers see each product on a field-by-field basis and, building on their crop history, will help them make adjustments accordingly for the next season,” Peterson says. These services can help growers make better management decisions and analyze their crop record information using a secure online system.
“Pioneer FIT mapping is integrated with the GrowingPoint online record-keeping system,” Peterson says. “Once field maps are complete, they are synchronized with a grower’s online records. If needed, growers also can go to the site to print additional copies of their field maps for landlords, custom sprayers, harvesters or for other needs.
“FIT mapping is becoming available more widely as more and more people are realizing the benefits of the service,” says Peterson. “To participate in the FIT yield mapping program, growers need a combine equipped with a yield mapping system — a yield monitor equipped with a GPS receiver.”
More information about the FIT mapping or record keeping program is available through the local Pioneer rep, or at the Pioneer GrowingPoint Web site.