Part II: Section A
Using GIS Technology
1. Introduction

This section is designed to provide information to service providers who will assist the growers. While Part I was designed primarily for the growers to explain what portion of the process they might be able to conduct, this section emphasizes in detail how a service provider takes the information and makes it into something that is meaningful for statistical analysis. This section establishes a base of knowledge about the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Yield Mapping Systems (YMS) as tools for collecting and analyzing data for quantifying the impact of geese on crops. It is important to recognize that GPS, GIS, and YMS are not the end result, but part of the larger process of quantifying goose damage on crops. Information gathered through this process is not only useful to assess goose damage but also to provide an opportunity for the farmer to know in detail what is happening in the field.

The methodology involves three primary steps. Each step is presented in detail in this Part II of the manual (Figure IIA-1).

Figure IIA-1: Major steps required for assessing goose damage on crop yields.

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1. Introduction
2. Data Collection
3. Data Analysis
4. Findings/Summary
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