Improving through benchmarking
We (Andy – my manager and I) were both thinking that the farm had been static for the last five to ten years, certainly in terms of yields, and thought the Monitor Farm scheme would be ideal opportunity to test ourselves and benefit from others’ input.
We want to look at a variety of topics throughout the programme, from improving our farm information, developing precision farming to include N as well as P and K; succession planning; and yields and quality.
We’re getting to grips with our costs of production at the moment. We have data for 2013 but it’s pretty inaccurate, so we’re working hard to get our data correct for this year. Through benchmarking I hope we’ll find areas where we can improve, and hopefully we won’t find that we’re the most profitable farm!