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Agriculture's traditional practices are unsustainable in the modern-day, much more so with the advent of global warming and environmental instability.

FREMONT, CA: Yield mapping, or yield tracking, is a precision agricultural breakthrough that began in the early 1990s. This technology aims to deliver as much information as possible about the farm's soil and the eventual produce created. It can assist in highlighting the changes in soil composition between farm regions, provide information regarding moisture content, and enable the farmer to solve various farm-related difficulties.

Numerous high-value crops, including onions, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, require the assistance of intelligent farming technologies to enhance productivity. Yield mapping accomplishes this by utilizing various pieces of technology and data to educate farmers and assist them in making the best use of their resources.

Technological Advances in Yield Mapping

Yield map technology has advanced significantly since its inception in the early 1990s. Numerous improvements in yield maps are worth noting, and this section is devoted to them.

GPS advancements: When yield mapping was launched as a farming technique for the first time, GPS technology was in its infancy. Due to this factor, the first yield mapping product did not even have a GPS component. Today, GPS is a crucial aspect of yield mapping, providing the process with unprecedented accuracy.

Precision Enhancement: Early yield-monitoring systems contained many flaws and difficulties associated with erroneous spatial data and field maps. Even two decades ago, the ability to utilize the data generated was somewhat limited. Today, yield-mapping precision has increased dramatically, with most systems running at or near 100% accuracy. Computing technology has also aided us in comprehending, interpreting, and implementing the data generated through yield-mapping.

Capabilities for Self-Calibration: As previously stated, advances in GPS technology have significantly increased the accuracy of yield mapping systems. Additionally, there has been a shift toward using self-calibrating yield monitors.

Previously, farmers or technicians were required to do regular manual calibrations of numerous components, which increased the system's susceptibility to faults.

Resolving Overlaps: Thanks to numerous developments in GPS and related technology, yield maps and monitors can now accurately depict the size and space of each specific farm. This enables the monitor to recognize and detect when it enters a previously covered farm section.

This invention was not available until recently, resulting in many inaccurate readings due to overlapping inaccuracies. This issue has been resolved!

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