Success does not come easily for anyone in farming. There is simply so much for farmers to stay on top of in order to keep on the right track toward a successful growing season.
Farmers who find the right partnerships can make their lives a whole lot easier, especially by partnering with a reliable, experienced and hard-working crop consultant.
If you have never worked with a crop consultant before, or if you aren’t sure hiring a consultant is necessary for your operation, then continue reading to learn more about how a consultant can prove beneficial for both you and your business.
What crop consultants do
Also known as crop advisors, crop consultants are experts in plants, soil and how to improve crop performance for their clients. Consultants have worked hard to develop their expertise, often receiving an education in agronomy, soils, plant, crop science or a combination of those fields.
Farmers hire consultants to help them with agronomic and financial recordkeeping, looking over crops for pests and disease (plus developing plans for mitigating those issues if present), use their knowledge of weeds and herbicide methods, develop marketing and pricing strategies, train growers in new technologies, supervise application of chemicals and fertilizers, and offer suggestions to farmers for what crops to grow next season.
Crop consultants are also always trying to remain updated on all the latest technological improvements in agriculture. Farming technology changes in the blink of an eye, so having someone working alongside you to help stay on top of new methods and best practices is invaluable for farmers and landowners.
Why you should partner with a crop consultant
Now that we’ve covered what all crop consultants keep track of, you can hopefully begin to see the value in hiring a consultant.
As a farmer, you know how much information and data you have to track – on top of the incredibly heavy workload that just comes with the occupation. With a trusted and experienced consultant to work with, you can receive even more information and advice needed to make better decisions for your operation.
Farmers and landowners overseeing large farms can witness the benefits of working with a consultant even quicker than smaller farms. The higher the number of acres in a farm, the harder it is for a farmer to manage everything alone. Consultants can step in and help.
But farmers of every size can realize the benefits of working with consultants. For example, a consultant can help farmers overseeing both small and large operations make better sense of their data, which then leads to better decisions affecting the operation.
The end result – and biggest argument in favor – of working with a consultant should always be higher yields and more efficient and effective farm management. By trying to locate an experienced consultant, you can tap into a wealth of knowledge that can lend you a hand no matter your farm type.
Busting myths about crop consultants
Not everyone is on the same page regarding crop consultants, though. There are plenty of myths out there that need to be busted in order to understand why it is in fact a good idea to find an experienced crop consultant whom you can work with.
First, crop advisors are not simply going to make you pay for them to inform you about general techniques and technological improvements that can help your farming operation expand and be even more successful. Crop advisors are careful to make good recommendations that lead their clients toward success.
Some farmers may protest, though, claiming that they already know what they need to know about their farm business – and that they know what works best. That may be true to some degree. Nobody should show up and believe they know more about their business than you do.
But a skilled consultant can take a look at your business operations and data, see areas for growth that maybe you have overlooked or need more information on before implementing certain techniques or methods. Analyzing data is an area here where the value of crop consultants really shine.
Another area in which working with a crop consultant can prove very beneficial is in keeping up with industry trends and new, emerging technology. As the head of a farming operation, your focus is not always keeping an eye out for new methods to implement in the field. That’s just another area where a consultant can be so beneficial.
How best to work with a consultant
There are specific ways to make sure you get the most out of a partnership with a consultant.
For starters, it’s important that you select a consultant that works for you. They should of course be certified by a professional organization and have a mindset that’s mostly similar to your own when considering the direction you want your farm headed in.
Once you have found a consultant you can trust, it’s important to let them offer advice – and listen. If they recommend changes, then seriously consider implementing those changes. A good crop consultant only wants you to succeed.
Finally, and likely most importantly, keep communication open with your consultant. Work to build a relationship with the hopes of it lasting long term. Don’t just go over the numbers and data with a consultant, either. Make sure to visit the farm together and always stay on the same page.
By building a strong rapport, you will be doing your business operations a real favor.
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