Guidance G: Yield Estimation
Accurate estimation of crop yields is important for the agronomic, entrepreneurial, and environmental benefits of the farm. Reliable harvest estimation enables producers and group managers to become better farm managers, helps guide in adopting sound agricultural practices, and brings transparency to the supply chain. In addition, having accurate numbers on certified volumes is essential for the credibility of Rainforest Alliance’s certification program and traceability system.
This guidance covers different commodity crops and production contexts. Basic principles are described to enable more accurate yield estimates while acknowledging that different and more detailed approaches (methodologies) are possible and currently being practiced in some contexts.