International Sugar Journal

Sugarcane yield monitoring: a protocol for yield map interpolation and key considerations in the collection of yield data* [Full subscriber]

Yield monitoring is a key element of Precision Agriculture (PA) given the importance of yield maps to the process of ‘management zone’ delineation and decisions around the targeting of inputs such as fertilisers. This paper presents a protocol for the interpolation of yield maps from yield monitor data and considers some critical issues in the data acquisition process relating to the calibration of the yield monitor to tonnages recorded at the mill. These strongly suggest that successful adoption of yield monitoring and mapping in the sugar industry, and thus of PA more broadly, will depend on significant improvements being made…

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