Ontario potato farmers Kate and Peter Vander Zaag were among the first to adopt potato yield monitoring and, more recently, field-to-storage load tracking and mapping. Tech-savvy producers who prioritize quality, the Vander Zaags believe capturing quality information is key to growing better potatoes.
Bill Menkveld, VP of Sales and Marketing at Canadian based precision farming company Greentronics sat down with Kate Vander Zaag to hear her perspective.
Bill: What made you first consider yield monitoring?
Kate: When we started seeing yield maps for grain, we thought immediately that we wanted something similar for our potatoes. We spend so much time and effort deciding on the right inputs, but back then we had no idea how they affected in-field variability.
Bill: What value do you get from potato yield monitoring?
Kate: For me, the priority is to see variability in a field. Once you can see patterning, you can start addressing issues. Yield monitoring in potatoes isn