Harvest time tracking or harvest date estimation may be more useful for some crops than others. But I am sure you will agree that in any case, it would be helpful to know when the precious harvest time is coming. Precise harvest time tracking is especially important for vegetable (produce, fresh market) crops such as lettuce, cabbage, sprouts and other veggies. Because the harvest window is narrow, and it requires accurate coordination. We all want to buy fresh produce at the store. That is why precise coordination needs to happen between the seller, trucking, and growers. Farmers need to know when to plant, and they need to know when crops will be harvested.
For permanent crops, the harvest time is more-less at the same time in a year. But for row and produce crops the harvest dates depends on planting date. And that is not all, the harvest time will also depend on when in a year the crops are planted and what harvest method will be used. For example, crops planted in the spring will mature faster than crops planted later in a year. Because of the available sunlight and heat-units. As mentioned earlier, harvest times also vary by harvest method. For example, wheat can be harvested for grain or green chopped for silage (livestock feed). Wheat planted for grain harvest will take quite a bit longer to harvest compared to green chopping.
Row & produce crop harvest time tracking in AgNote
AgNote makes harvest date estimation super simple! In AgNote all you need to do is select crops for which you would like the harvest time to be tracked.
Behind the scenes, AgNote will perform a lot of checking before displaying the estimated harvest date. Here are the logical steps AgNote will go through to estimate crop harvest date:
- If crop variety harvest history is available, AgNote will use the average crop day history. If the same variety has been planted in different months, AgNote will pick the same or closest plant month.
- If the planted variety does not have any harvest history, AgNote will use the day average from other varieties for the same crop.
- If you just registered with AgNote and you don’t have any harvest histories yet, you can specify maturity days for each variety and AgNote will use that information to track harvest time.
Below is a short screencast demonstrating where you can see the estimated harvest date for crops and what to configure so it shows up.