As the world population grows and the demand for crops increases, it is important to manage the resources used to grow crops. Crop management (CM) practices can lead to an efficient use of resources which benefit the environment and the producers. Using several of these practices together can help to maximize yields, soil and crop health, reduce costs, and conserve water. Crop management is an ongoing process to manage crop fields while holding accountability for environmental responsibility and using preventative measures to maintain a healthy farm. Poor crop management can lead to soil erosion, yield loss, contamination of surface water and several other issues which come with a heavy financial burden. Crop management helps to keep mitigation costs low since there are always preventative measures in place to avoid high cost fixes. Effective crop management is likely to lead to increased profits. These methods will help to give more control over production and help raise awareness to certain tasks which may have been overlooked.
CM requires planning and strategy to implement, different fields require different strategies based on geographical location, crop types, environmental surroundings, and growing seasons. There are also certain practices that should be considered for all farms such as field conservation, best management practices, cover crops which also act as preventative measures. Many of these strategies have more than one benefit as well. Filter strips help to reduce or eliminate water contamination while reducing soil erosion by water and wind. Cover crops can reduce costs, improve soil health, provide water conservation, and reduce weed and pest problems. Biotechnologies have immense benefits for the environment, consumers and farmers. Some benefits of biotech crops are increased yields, increased profits, pest and disease mitigation, increased nutrients and many more. Sometimes crop management can be overwhelming and time consuming, for these situations reaching out to crop advisors can be beneficial as they can help with the leg work and direct you towards the best practices for your specific crop fields. To be effective at crop management it is important to plan ahead and have strategies ready. Find out more on all of these topics by clicking below and how they can be of benefit.