Simplified Calibration Routine – Your Questions Answered
A couple years ago, we decided to make the calibration process fast and easier to use on our InCommand displays. While our yield monitor has always set the standard for accuracy, we realized growers were cutting corners on their yield monitor calibration. Ag Leader is pleased to offer an improved calibration algorithm for InCommand displays that allows growers to cut the required calibration loads in half and achieve the same accuracy as before!
What does this mean for your yield monitoring experience? Here are some common questions answered.
1. What is this improved calibration option?
First, there have been no changes to the user interface, this is a behind the scenes change to the calibration algorithm. We have taken years of yield monitoring expertise and combined it with an intense study of grain flow characteristics to create an algorithm that delivers world-class data in fewer calibration loads. If you choose to perform one calibration to get good results (on par with other one-calibration solutions), there’s an option for that. If you want world-class Ag Leader accuracy, then you can now achieve that in two calibration loads.
2. What are some best practices to use with the improved calibration? Has anything changed?
Again, there have been no changes to the user interface that the grower sees. This is a behind-the-scenes change to the calibration algorithm that creates an optimal calibration for accuracy in fewer loads.
A few tips for getting started:
- You should retire any prior season’s calibrations before harvest begins in order to maintain calibration accuracy.
- Familiarize yourself with the calibration guidelines per weighing device, found in the revised feature user guide.
3. I recognize that capturing accurate weight loads is important. What resources are there to help with this?
For best weight calibration results, a certified scale will be the best weighing method. Second best would be a weigh wagon, followed by a grain cart.
A semi-truck load across a certified scale is fine to calibrate with. If you are to perform a second calibration, we recommend for the load size to be the same for optimal results, and that a second load is taken at half-flow. You could also utilize half a semi-truck load size to perform both calibrations instead.
We know there are challenges with getting accurate readings on weight calibration. We’ve outlined some best practices for weight calibrations.
4. What other helpful harvest features come with the InCommand display?
The year-round InCommand displays also feature two on-screen resettable bushel counters, camera support, variety tracking (InCommand 1200 only), Live maps and stats for vehicle tracking and more.
5. Will the improved calibration be available for the Ag Leader® Integra/Versa™?
No, the simplified calibration process and bushel counters will be a feature of the InCommand 1200 and InCommand 800 displays only.
6. How do I access the new calibration through my InCommand display?
Simply update the display to version 2.5 firmware or greater. No additional hardware required. There is nothing changed in the user interface, simply enter one or two calibration loads and see the improved accuracy gained in fewer loads.
7. How do I know how many calibration loads to take now?
Single-load calibration – This routine is great for those who may not have calibrated at all in previous years or those who would prefer a faster process over data accuracy.
Two-load calibration – Using two calibration loads (taken at full-flow and at half-flow), Ag Leader’s yield monitor will generate a full calibration model and achieve the industry-best accuracy comparable to the traditional four-load method.
More than two calibration loads – If preferred, you may add calibration loads to preserve the method you are accustomed to.
InCommand is more than just a yield monitor! Check out all the great year-round features here.