Reducing The Cost Of Modern Day Farming

Farming is increasingly becoming a costly endeavour thanks to numerous price hikes and taxes that are imposed on those involved in the industry. The very fact that farming is now an industry has also cut into the profits of some non-corporate, small- and large-scale farmers. Thanks to a market structure that rewards quantity over quality, bigger farming corporations and agricultural businesses make more money than local farmers who are trying to develop healthy, organic produce that isn’t involved with big business. Due to all the above reasons, farming can become expensive and difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Here are some ways in which you can cut costs and make small adjustments that may add up to some saving towards the end of the year.

Buy and Sell Online
Anything extra that you produce and any big supplies that you need for the farm can be sold or bought online. The biggest benefit of this is that you eliminate the middle man who usually takes the bigger share of the profits. Not only will the buyer avoid the ridiculous mark up they will usually face at a store, they will be happy to conduct the transaction directly with the seller. If you need to find compact tractors for sale, the internet will find you a competitive price and owner. Internet sites usually charge a nominal fee for the transaction but on the flip side, they are easy to use, efficient and connect you to many different customers/ vendors all around the country.

Staggered Production
While the four seasons pretty much determine when and how crops produce their yield (plants usually produce their harvest in the autumn), there are plenty of different plants that can be made to produce a yield at different times throughout the year. Time it right so that there is a staggered production and you have something to sell throughout the year. The easiest way to do it is to find used tractors for sale and use them to plant the seeds in parallel blocks in your land. Instead of investing in one kind of seed to fill your whole land, invest in different kinds of seeds and it might even prove less costly than before.

Crop Alternation
If you have been planting the same crops for the last few years, it might be time to take a risk and make a change. If you do not want to take the risk of trying an all new crop, you can plant the old one but alternate with other profit-yielding plants in between so that you are not completely dependent on one plant alone. Check weather conditions and study up on climate change to determine whether external factors are responsible for your poor harvest. If not, it is possible that the soil has been sapped of all nutrients and requires replenishing either artificially (by using chemical fertilizers) or simply need a break. To do the latter, try planting a completely different crop or let it lie fallow for a year.