7 ways to improve your farm’s crop yields

With the latest technologies, equipment and planting techniques, there is no reason why your crops shouldn’t yield success for your farming business. When you rely on production to support your bottom line, you should be taking advantage of the below tips to maintain crop sustainability.

How has farming evolved?

High-performance,smart-farming is the future of the agriculture industry. There is a variety of techniques that can be implemented to help farmers understand their crops better, for example, the ability to analyse soil nutrients for a better outcome. But before you can make use of the latest and most advanced technologies and planting methods, you need to learn the science behind your seeds.  

With farming becoming such a competitive industry, there’s no room for climate and environmental conditions to affect harvest opportunities. As mentioned, with the right know-how on what to use and when, you will learn how to be more efficient. There are always going to be grey areas with soil fertility, but the more you’re able to cultivate the land you have, crop yields will be able to benefit your bottom line.

You will also, always, experience consequences with your farming decisions, but in order to increase crop production and yield, you will need to adjust your approach. Before you can get started on planting, you’ll need to analyse the quality of your soil and seeds, as well as your planting technique. Each type of plant requires different methods of planting, so do your research to help you to better understand your crops.

Here are a few farming tips and tricks to consider when looking to increase your crop yield:

Plant early: Looking back on previous seasons, you will be able to formalise a crop plan on when to plant. The reason for this is that you’ll be able to learn from previous failures or successes going into the new season. Before anything, you need to perform a soil test because your soil condition will directly influence the growth of your crops. Once you’ve analysed it, you’ll be able to start planting.

Practice soil rotation every season:Each crop or plant requires different soil conditions, therefore it is encouraged that you practice soil rotation each season. Often when you plant the same crops in the same area, year after year, you’re limiting the crop yield as it has proven to be less effective. Planting alternating crops in the same soil can also help to diversify the demands in the soil.

Know your seed potential:When planning your planting strategy, you cannot simply plant something and hope for the best. A negative start to the season could affect your entire harvest, so take the time to understand your field and seeds’ growth potential before going ahead. Make sure your seeds are of high-quality too. When you understand these important techniques, you will be able to manage your expectations, and it will give you a clear indication of what the end result could be for your production.

Always scout the land: While drone technology is certainly helpful when getting to know your farmlands, take the time to scout your fields by foot beforehand. This will give you a chance to assess your soil and monitor any weed conditions that could be detrimental to your crops. Without physically looking at your field and touching the ground, you might miss any red flags along the way.

Ensure proper water drainage: As you can imagine, water management is one of the essential elements of crop survival and crop success. While climate conditions may be uncertain, you need to have an irrigation system that can provide your crops with the right amount of water, as well as a drainage system to properly drain any excess water. Within saying that, make sure your systems don’t over-water your crops because this can lead to water clogging, mud build-up and salinisation in your soil.

Make use of fertilisers: As part of the process, soil cultivation is important to maintaining optimal soil conditions for your crops. Although water helps crops grow, your soil requires nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium to help increase the growth process. This process can be time-consuming without a fertiliser spreader, so ensure you have the correct equipmenton hand to make the spreading technique easier for you and more efficient in the process. 

Weed early and often:If you notice that your crops starting to become invaded by weeds, make a plan to remove them before things get out of hand. Weeds are extremely invasiveand can easily suck out the nutrients that your crops need to survive. As mentioned, in the initial phases of your planting process, you will be able to pick up any weed clues when you scout out your fields beforehand.

Final words

There are many steps that go into crop planting before you can reap the benefits and have a successful harvest. While it may sound complex, it’s easy when you plan accordingly and have the right tools to help you do the job. Start strong from the beginning and you’ll easily be able to maximise yields.