Farm management: Planning crucial for success

It’s all about giving your farming business direction, control and purpose. And about using all your resources to their maximum capacity. Planning is one of the most important management functions, but some farmers don’t focus on it sufficiently. No planning, or bad planning, is like jumping into your vehicle and…

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Farm management: Human resources – discipline is key

For a business to run smoothly and without unnecessary conflict, it is important to maintain discipline day by day. While busy carrying out any of his tasks – planning, organising, implementing or controlling – a manager must also pay attention to certain other management activities, such as leadership, communicating, coordinating,…

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Farm management: What is good management?

Today’s farmer is as much a businessman as his city cousin is. Let’s look at harvesting a field of cabbages and try to find their management similarities. I call management in farming “The successful and flexible control and allocation (use) of all resources required to produce a product on a…

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Farm management: What is good management?
Cabbages need water at critical times, one of which is immediately after transplanting. The optimal water application for the crop is 35mm a week. This farmer is irrigating his cabbages with dragline sprayers, which, while not the most efficient irrigation system, does have the advantage of being moveable.

Farm management: Human resources – good productivity reduces costs (Part 3)

The last in our human resources series looks at the link between what a worker is paid and what is expected in return. Many people think that if they pay their staff well, it’s enough to keep them happy and they will therefore work well. But it’s been shown many…

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