Title: Workshop 1
Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Ben Gist
Yield Data Management

An overview of yield data management will be provided from practitioners and scientists from their unique perspectives. Penalties from utilizing improperly processed yield data for precision agricultural uses will be demonstrated as well as proper processes of handling that data. Participants will learn how to process data from proprietary file formats (from specific manufacturers of combine and yield monitors). Data processed from this session will be suitable to be cleaned using USDA ARS Yield Editor software in the following session. Participants will learn how operation of combine harvester impacts overall yield data quality, and how to increase data quality by considering best harvesting practices.

Participants should bring:

laptop computer (PC preferred, Mac if can boot in Windows)

10 min - Welcome & Workshop Introduction - Elizabeth Hawkins

25 min - Proprietary File Formats, Jason Ward

                Understanding OEM / aftermarket yield data file formats and their properties

25 min - Errors in Yield Data, Jacob Maurer

Live playback - What did the combine operator do? How do we salvage that? Better operation?

25 min - Data Quality Impacts on Decisions, Elizabeth Hawkins

Example prescriptions

25 min - Hands on with SMS (of FOViewer etc)? for getting AgLeader Advanced Export file formats

                Discussion of shapefiles & accessing data from *.dbf - Scott Drummond

Elizabeth Hawkins (speaker)
Extension Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems
The Ohio State University
Wilmington, OH, NA 45177
Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins is an Extension Field Specialist at The Ohio State University focused on precision agriculture and agronomy. Her research interests include using on-farm research to identify methods to increase farm profits including improved crop yields, better management of resources, and the employment of effective precision agriculture technologies. Through the eFields on-farm research program, she is working to help farmers learn how they can make precision technologies like site-specific and prescriptive agriculture work, both agronomically and economically.
Jason Ward (speaker)
Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Jason and the Advanced Ag Lab at NC State University conducts interdisciplinary research and extension programs focused on agricultural sensing technologies, digital farming methods, and data analytics. The goal is to leverage agricultural data sources, management, and analysis to drive real-world actionable insights across commodities and production systems. Jason has worked in precision ag for industry, government, and academia for over 10 years. Dr. Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Jacob Maurer (speaker)
RDO Equipment Co.
Moorhead, MN 56560
Jacob Maurer is an agronomist for RDO Equipment Co., focused on locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He educates growers on emerging technology and best practices for implementation, as well as helps them adapt to an ever-changing economic climate by making decisions using sound agronomic and economic theory. In 2018, Maurer had the unique opportunity to lead a collaborative team in charge of a 90-acre research farm in North Dakota’s southern Red River Valley. This agricultural land lab is a three-year project that allows Maurer and the team to experiment and collect data on every aspect of a full-season crop cycle, from tillage strategies to planter speed to non-traditional crop scouting using UAVs. Maurer is a Certified Crop Adviser and also a regular contributor to He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agribusiness from Kansas State University.
Scott Drummond (speaker)
Information Technology Specialist
USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit
Columbia, MO 65211
Scott Drummond is an IT Specialist for the Agricultural Research Service, Cropping Systems and Water Quality Unit in Columbia, Missouri. Focused primarily on data acquisition and analysis topics related to precision agriculture, he has been analyzing yield data for this research unit for almost 30 years. In the late 1990s, he developed Yield Editor to assist with the process. Released to the public a few years later, Yield Editor has been downloaded over 10,000 times since, from locations representing more than 45 states and 75 countries around the world.
Length (approx): 120 min