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