Crop production is becoming more and more reliant on an integrated approach to manage naturally occurring biological processes in soils and the surrounding environment as a means to reduce the pressure on crops from weeds, pests and disease without the use of chemicals.
We can help with the whole farm approach to the planning of your crop production systems. Benchmarking individual processes against industry standards for best practice in crop and soil husbandry whilst considering all the other essential parts of your farming enterprise. This advice is delivered through a one to one farm review with an easy to use follow up report and set of recommendations which highlights areas for improvement to avoid unnecessary loss and maintain yields.
Our Crop Management & Agronomy Services
Honourable Farms provide crop management and agronomy advice on a wide range of crop production systems. Our team of consultants provide technical expertise across a broad range of cropping systems, managing projects on arable, field and vegetable systems across the country.Our advisers work directly on farm and with corporate clients delivering management advice from the field across the entire supply chain.
Honourable Farms provides professional consultancy services in:
Arable production: cereals, legumes, tubers, vegetables and more
Permanent Crops: Cashew, Cocoa, Plantain, Coconut and more
Crop rotational designs
Nutrient mangement planning
Integrated pest management
Weed scouting and control
Crop residue and cover crop management
Custom farm management software.
Marketing, from field to fork.
The results of working with the Agronomy team include;
through applying our proprietary fertility planning that uses field or subfield management appropriate to your farm and its goals.
Improved Crop Quality
by having access to consultants who can evaluate varieties, scout fields, and project optimal harvest dates.
Better Pests Control
by helping you to develop an appropriate application strategy, and providing a professional assessments of your fields.
Optimimum Nutrient Use
By helping you to identify where and how much nitrogen will be appropriate for maximum growth while minimizing fertilizer expense.
* Our IPM management program is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing this, our growers and agronomy consultants who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps include:
Set Action Thresholds
Before taking any pest control action, our IPM programe first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.
Monitor and Identify Pests
Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. Our IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In an agricultural crop, this may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, our programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides.
By using our Agronomy team, you have access to an independent resource to help identify opportunities and to make the best decisions to advance your cropping goals. We’ll look at drainage, tillage practices, crop varieties, pest and plant disease, and any other factors that may be influencing yield and/or preventing optimum nitrogen use.
Contact us about your Crop Services
Our farm consultancy services are tailored for your business.
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