Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-27-2010

Re: Yield monitor or auto-steer?

I also farm small, only a few hundred acres, and I have both auto steer and yield monitor.  I went with the yield monitor first and as much as I love auto steer I think I'd still go with the yield monitor first.  


I farm ground that varies a great deal in yield potential.  I have learned a great deal about my fields from yield data and  I use the yield data to make good variety decisions and also for variable rate nh3 prescriptions in corn.  I also use the yeild monitor box to feed vr data to the nh3 applicator.  Variable rate nh3 pays for me and vr seeding could be in my future.  


On the auto steer side, it saves me time and chemical on my sprayer; about 10%.  Due to my size this is not a lot on one pass but it does add up over time.  I started with guidance only, but found it very tedious and still had to use foam markers.  This year is the second with auto steer and I never even turned the markers on.  I also use it for nh3 application and some tillage although I till very little ground.  It also has saved about 10% on nh3 due to decreased overlap.  


I got here gradually buying equipment as I could, but I would hate to do without any of it now.  Hope this helps.