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Tips for using precision monitors for crop insurance reporting


The agricultural industry is constantly making strides in providing new technology and more data. More data can be overwhelming. The key is to provide useful data that can easily aid in operational decisions and record keeping. In this blog post, I am going to discuss tips for using precision monitors for crop insurance reporting.

There are two ways to use precision monitors for crop insurance reporting: Precision Technology Reporting and Automated Crop Reporting. The first set of tips are important for both ways of reporting. The second set of tips are important for Automated Crop Reporting.

Precision Technology Reporting & Automated Crop Reporting Tips

  1. A precision monitor must be used at planting and at harvest.
  2. Actual planted acres provided in the seeding map are used to report acres.
  3. Acres do not need to match the FSA’s acres.
  4. FSA 578 maps are used to verify % share on the Acreage Report.
  5. A calibration report must be kept and the calibration must be less than 3%.
  6. The user manual provides requirements for how often the combine needs to be calibrated. Typically the machine is calibrated more often than required.
  7. A calibration log needs to be kept manually. The SMS system is the only system that provides a calibration report with all required information.
  8. There are 3 documents that need to be provided in the event of a claim:
    1. Seeding Map
    2. Wet Weight Map
    3. Calibration Report


Automated Crop Reporting Tips 

  1. The same precision platform must be used in the planter and the combine.
  2. Wireless data transfer from the monitor to an online account creates an automated effect. The data on the online account can easily be transferred to the crop insurance reporting system.
  3. Match the field name on the precision monitor to the field name used on your crop insurance reports. This will make it easier for data to transfer from the monitor to the Acreage and Production Report.


Using data and systems to manage farming operations can be beneficial on many levels. I hope these tips are valuable to help turn data into an efficient way to maintain crop insurance records. For more information contact me at



Author: Betsy

I have a passion for helping farmers manage risk and increase their profitability. As an agent at Ibeling Insurance Services in Ackley, IA, I work with farmers to financially secure the future of their farm. I see agriculture as a way of life. Growing up, everyone in my family pitched in to get the job done. We worked on the farm and played on the farm. Our annual family vacation was going to the Iowa State Fair. Knowing that I wouldn't be operating the family farm in the future, I opted for finding a fit in the agricultural industry. I received a bachelors degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. My career started at FCStone in West Des Moines, IA as a Commodity Broker. Each day, I worked with county elevators hedging their price risk on the Chicago Board of Trade. My husband, Levi, and I decided to move closer to home. I had the opportunity to continue working in agricultural risk management as an insurance agent. Ibeling Insurance Services is a great fit for me, as I love what I do, the people I work with, and the community I live in. In the fall, I coach high school volleyball at AGWSR Schools in Ackley. We have a team filled with delightful, talented young ladies. Levi and I have been blessed with a healthy baby boy, Alex, in December of 2013. We are enjoying parenthood, as Alex continues to amaze us!

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