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On-Farm Research Conference

Instrumentation, Sample, and Data Handling


Charles R. Hurburgh
Professor
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University
Phone: 515-294-8629
tatry@iastate.edu

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Summary:

Data collection equipment must be calibrated to effectively measure trial results. Data inaccuracy and handling are particular problems in less controlled situations such as on-farm trials. This presentation examines the basics of sampling, equipment calibration, and data management. Pitfalls associated with failure to properly calibrate equipment are illustrated along with a checklist of operations that will improve data accuracy.


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