With increased input costs and skyrocketing land prices, profit margins are shrinking — it’s never been more important to have a good handle on what’s happening in your fields. Data generated from yield maps provide insight on how to manage your crop to improve your profit margin, your yield, or both. Whether this is your first season or your fifth using a potato yield monitor, our guest speakers will make sure you’re getting the most out of the technology.
From this webinar you will learn:
- The importance of creating a plan for potato yield monitoring on your farm
- The significance and value of collecting data
- What’s involved with the installation and integration of potato yield monitors
- Practical tips on running your potato yield monitor
Bill Menkveld, vice-president of sales and marketing for Greentronics, was born and raised on a farm in the Netherlands. His parents owned a custom farm work business, so Bill has been working on a wide range of farming equipment since he was 10 years old. After emigrating to Canada in 1979, Bill completed a BSc and MSc in agronomy from the University of Guelph.
In 1993, while working in the potato industry, Bill was approached by some growers from the Alliston, Ont., area to develop a yield monitor for their potato harvesters. Bill, with his brother and business partner Bert, began experimenting with the measurement of potato flow on a conveyor. In those early years, computers were slow and software was challenging. Yet, from an idea and a dream, Greentronics was formed and has been going strong ever since, and is now celebrating its 25th year.
Karon Tracey-Cowan launched AgTech GIS in 1995 to provide tools, information, support and training services to the Canadian ag industry using GIS and web based technologies. AgTech GIS has a 20+ year history promoting products from Ag Leader Technology and other leading brands with recent addition CropTrak, always promoting solid tools to get quality data into the hands of decision makers.
More than just a software reseller, Karon is a front line user of ag-specific GIS software products to communicate soil sampling information, yield maps, imagery analysis, field level topographic data and variable rate prescriptions. Karon’s career focus has been to develop mapping and data management competency for growers, consultants and local agri-businesses through a personalized training approach.