One of the realities of crop and livestock production is that many variables we deal with are beyond our control – weather, global price variations, and more. So we study and evaluate everything that is within our control. How can I increase yields, reduce costs, or improve efficiency? Should I invest in new technologies that increase productivity and minimize inputs? Should I secure supply contracts for pricing stability? Or is it better to join buying groups and benefit from economies of scale? Farmers around the world are innovating across their businesses to advance the viability of their operations.
Find out how Flagship Farmers are investing to secure the long-term sustainability of their business
- Practices have led to crop yields that are 50% above the national average
- Mechanization of planting, weeding and harvesting has reduced labor requirements by 32%
- Supply contracts are drawn up between the farm and processor that define supply volumes and prices. This provides a guaranteed price and market for the crop
- The farm is achieving an average yield of 50 tons per hectare, almost 50% above the average national yield (33 tons per hectare)
- The use of plant biomass sensors on application equipment has reduced fertilizer use by 20%, while achieving a 1% increase in yield and a 60% reduction in chemicals to desiccate crops prior to harvest
- Potato nematode (Meloïdogyne chitwoodi) levels have been reduced by 80% by introducing a five-year rotation and by growing sugar beet prior to potatoes