Tech Tip: Adopt a Solid Naming System
“It’s important to have a solid nomenclature for all of your fields and the products you use on those fields,” says Joel Wipperfurth, director of e-business for WinField United.
The legacy names, nicknames, or even the ability for someone to type the name in while they’re in the monitor are all places for data quality to go bad, especially on seed products where listing a hybrid as a DKC or DK has a huge impact on whether or not you’re able to search that product out.
Having an accurate record keeping system is also important if you need to unwind what ingredients were in the spray tank.
“Many growers tend to put in what the main product was even though we know nobody is just spraying Roundup,” he says. “‘There may have been an ingredient in the tank four days ago or four spray loads ago that is the real cause of a problem. If your records aren’t accurate, it will be difficult – if not impossible – to track it back to the source. “It’s really important that every product going into that mixture is recorded in the monitor, and that includes the name of the operator in the machine that day.”