Top tips for a smooth harvest using Gatekeeper software

As combines across the country are rolling, we have put together our top tips for making the most of your harvest yield data using Gatekeeper software.

Before harvest:

  1. Clean up USB sticks and chip cards
    Data storage devices should be cleaned down (make sure there isn’t any of last years’ data left on there!). If in doubt, take a copy of all the card’s contents and store on your computer before formatting the card.
    Most manufacturers will suggest that USBs used should have a maximum capacity of 4GB.
  2. Send out your field names
    It is strongly recommended to prepare the combine card or stick with field names from Gatekeeper; this will save time in the field and the office. You may also wish to export guidance lines if this information is available and compatible.
    John Deere users only: Gatekeeper crops must be linked to John Deere crops before export. If you have the same variety in more than one crop (for example, the variety Solstice under crops ‘First Wheat’ and ‘Second Wheat’) please contact the support line for advice on exporting these crops.
    Certain yield monitors can import harvest plans with jobs. If you create a harvest plan, do not add fixed costs (like carting or chaser bins) until after the yield data has been imported back into Gatekeeper.
  3. Prepare your telematics data
    Claas telematics users can export their field boundaries from Gatekeeper to upload into the telematics website, via the Devices module and ‘Claas Telematics’ node.
  4. Ensure file type compatibility
    If this is your first season yield mapping, ensure the in-cab screen is setup to record the correct file types. For example, Trimble units should be recording in ISOXML format and not .SHP.

After harvest:

  1. Make sure when you combine maps that you have the correct header width entered for the job. This is especially important when importing data from RDS Ceres units.
  2. Import yield data into a pre-prepared harvest plan. This will make the import process much simpler and easier to manage. On the ‘Device’ tab of your import screen, selecting the product import option ‘Any destination job products matched by their order…’ will prevent any operator created products being created in your Gatekeeper products list.
  3. Remember that after importing maps you have the ability to calibrate job files, and to control the amount of product that is brought into stock. This means you do not need to worry if two combines working in the same field were not calibrated correctly against each other, as you can rectify the difference in Gatekeeper. You can always calibrate yield maps to weighbridge figures or a total harvested, so importing yield maps does not mean your stock levels will be inaccurate after harvest.
  4. If your combine uses the Intelliview or AFS Pro controllers, save a copy of the data from the USB stick onto your computer before importing.
  5. Use your geoanalysis queries to create a whole farm yield map, and if you have a number of years yield data try creating a normalised yield map to view year-on-year performance trends.
  6. If you can’t see all your data – don’t panic! There are a large number of settings which can be adjusted, so even if you can’t see a map at first it may be possible to find the data once some settings have been checked or changed. If you have any questions or issues, contact the support line and we will be happy to help in any way possible.

If you need help with any pre or post harvest data management don’t forget the software support team are here to help, call 01594 545040 or email gatekeeper@farmplan.co.uk

 

Harvest Data Management Package

Did you know that we also offer a Harvest Data Management service to help you prepare and then import yield maps after harvest, so if you would like to know more about our on-site services to import, calibrate, and clean yield maps then create a performance report using Gatekeeper, contact us on 01594 545000 or email sales@farmplan.co.uk

Find out more about Harvest Data Management