If you have a combine with 12V and a clean grain elevator, you can begin harvesting with FarmTRX. The system includes all software and hardware components necessary to bring precision yield mapping into reach for any farmer and arrives at your door in one box. Over-the-air software updates allow farmers to buy and install once and take advantage of on-going operating and mapping advancements for years.
To get the most out of the system, we suggest following these ten steps before harvesting. While following this checklist ensures accurate live readings in the cab, remember that FarmTRX will still produce precision yield maps if the user post-calibrates by inputting a total known yield, by weight or volume, after the fact via the FarmTRX Web App. If you’re tight on time come harvest and need to just get out there, confirm there is power to the system and go confidently – you’ll still get precision yield maps.
If you’re new to farming with FarmTRX, follow these ten steps to get setup before harvest:
- Register your FarmTRX Web App account
- Draw or import field boundaries and select crop types for your fields
- Download the FarmTRX App
- Connect to your yield monitor to confirm power
- Verify installation with visual inspection
- Perform a sensor calibration/tare
- Add and edit headers and crop types
- Set header and crop type and begin harvesting
- Perform crop calibration once per crop type per year
- Enter your Web App credentials to upload your yield data (whenever you like!)
1) Register your FarmTRX Web App account
With installation complete, head to farmtrx.com/register/ to create a FarmTRX Web App account for your farm. Even if you’re operating more than one yield monitor, you will only need to create one account.
2) Draw or import field boundaries and select crop types
The FarmTRX Web App is the location where your yield data will be uploaded, automatically sorted and corrected to produce precision yield maps. Whenever you decide to upload your yield data, whether daily, weekly or all at once at the end of harvest, the data will need a place to populate – this is your field boundaries.
Users have the option to create or import field boundaries and select crop types after harvest, but if you want to see your data processed sooner during harvest, create field boundaries and crop types beforehand. Your boundaries and crop types must be set in the FarmTRX Web App for any uploaded data to be processed into yield maps as part of FarmTRX’s commitment to your data integrity.
Draw field boundaries under the Field Editor tab of the web app. Boundaries can be customized at any time and we suggest reviewing them yearly to ensure they are as accurate as possible and no harvested area is being missed.
Set the crop type for each field. Select your field and click the pencil icon on the left sidebar to enter the edit field page. Set crop type and click save.
3) Download the app
Through the FarmTRX Mobile App farmers can edit the header width and perform sensor and crop calibration from the cab. With proper calibration, accurate live and average yield and moisture readings will display on your mobile phone or tablet. Be sure to download the latest version of the mobile app from the Apple App or Google Play store.
The mobile app should be updated before harvest each year to ensure the latest version is in use. Updates to the firmware functionality of the yield monitor and moisture sensor happen over-the-air, meaning no additional update costs.
4) Connect to the yield monitor and update to newest firmware
Your smartphone or tablet uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect to the yield monitor. Make sure your Bluetooth is toggled on in order to connect. You will be prompted to update to the latest firmware (if required) as part of the most recent FarmTRX Mobile App update.
5) Verify Installation
Confirm that the yield monitor and moisture sensor are installed correctly by turning over the machine while the key is in the on position. The optical sensor lights installed on the combine elevator should be flashing as the paddles go past. Perform a visual inspection of all cables and connectors and physically verify that the sensors are mounted securely in place.
6) Perform a sensor calibration/tare
To calibrate the optical sensors, engage your separator clutch and run the combine at full throttle while stationary, with no grain running through the elevator. Navigate to the Device Calibration page on the FarmTRX Mobile App to run a sensor calibration. Hit the “Start” button once the elevator is running at full throttle. The yield monitor will record the elevator and determine the width of the empty paddles in order to optimize recordings.
7) Add/edit headers
Add the headers you will be using during harvest and set the width for each in the FarmTRX Mobile App under the Add/Edit Headers page of the main app menu.
8) Set header and crop type and begin harvesting
Select the combine header in use and the crop type being harvested and get out there!
9) Perform crop calibration
To get accurate readings in the cab, calibrate during harvest by volume, by weight or by a combination of both. We recommend calibrating once per crop type per year.
Navigate to the main menu of the FarmTRX Mobile App and select Crop Calibration to begin calibrating. Press “Start Calibration” and hit the checkmark icon. After a hopper-full has been harvested, enter the measured weight and/or volume along with measured moisture if using the FarmTRX Moisture Sensor. If you left your smartphone or tablet behind, or didn’t have time to calibrate before harvesting, you can still calibrate halfway through or after harvest by inputting the total harvested volume or weight for each field in the FarmTRX Web App.
10) Enter your web credentials to upload your yield data
Yield data can be uploaded to the web app for processing at any time using available WiFi or mobile data. Precision yield and moisture maps will generate in the web app automatically within minutes of data upload, and are available to export as ESRI shapefile, AgLeader, Google Earth and Climate Fieldview files. All users have the ability to export their raw yield data at any time, while access to the complete suite of precision yield and moisture maps is available with yearly subscription based on acreage. Subscription to the FarmTRX Web App is free for the first harvest year.
If you’re just getting started with FarmTRX, we suggest uploading yield data once per harvest day to familiarize yourself with the yield map outputs and double-check that calibration is accurate. If you would rather upload less frequently in bigger data chunks, you can do that too!
For more detail and step-by-step instruction on installation, calibration and yield map interpretation, visit our Documentation page. At any time, contact our team to speak with a product expert or get technical support by emailing Support@FarmTRX.com or calling 1-800-991-5136.
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