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By Brooklyn Enes

Yield Growth & Profitability Through Farm Management Software

Old farmer in a field looking at his ipad.

In a digital world, the key to better farm management today (and preparation for tomorrow) is found through technology. Growers that track their information using farm management software turn data into valuable, actionable insights. Accessing current and historical farm information enables them to make more informed decisions, optimize crop planning, and define which practices and decisions are most profitable.
While technology often sounds complicated, great farm management solutions put the grower at the centre, make it easy to use, and accessible to all. Growers today can use their smartphone or tablet to get the information they need to make crop decisions that are customized to each of their fields. Current and historical crop information is consolidated in a centralized, easy-to-use location, rather than spread over notes and binders from years past.
Garth Donald, Manager of Agronomy for TELUS Agriculture, says crop planning is all about fiscal responsibility within the farm operation and that solid planning is the best way to ensure a positive return on investment year-over-year. Having every piece – including seed, crop rotation and nutrients, timelines, and budgeting – captured in one easy-to-access place is a game changer. “We all love to use pen and paper, but how many books are you going to go through to get that information when you can use software like Farm At Hand, where it’s all right there,” he says. “It’s a live entity. This is big when we look year to year.” 
When planning for the 2022 crop year, use Farm At Hand’s Crop Plan solution, a simple, four-step process that lets growers plan everything from their overall crop mix to field-specific fertilizer blends, while monitoring total production, budget, and net profit. 
And it’s easy with Farm At Hand; simply create a field, add in the details for each crop type, then share the plan with on-farm teams and external partners to get everyone ready for #Plant2022. Here is a preview into each of the steps:
Step 1 – Growers can add in a new crop plan or use a plan from a previous year, then adjust as required. As the plan is made, see last year’s rotations and activities.
Step 2 – For each crop type, include seed, fertilizer and crop protection plans, and expected yield for each field. As seeding gets closer, adjustments can be made to these inputs. 
Step 3 – Enter prices and anticipated overhead costs to start comparing profitability on a crop-by-crop basis. This activity will produce the 2022 budget. Not focused on profit analysis yet? Just skip this step and focus on operational details. 
Step 4 – Review the plan on a field-by-field basis and make field-specific adjustments. Generate a report for easy sharing and collaboration. 
Production issues will often be a challenge, but growers can mitigate some of the issues through great records that support healthier fields, better crops, and increased profitability. Crop Plan is a growers’ 2022 playbook, ready for execution. 
Make farm management easier. Get started today.

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