Turning to Regenerative Farming to Lower Crop Input Cost
April 14th, 2022
Middlefield, Ohio (April 5, 2022) – The sudden increase of just about every crop input cost, including fertilizers and diesel fuel, is making it harder for a lot of farmers to break even. The increase in input cost started in 2020 with a more substantial uptick happening over the past couple of months. Many farmers and ranchers have reported having difficulty sourcing inputs. This has halted the momentum that the industry experienced in 2021 with the USDA Economic Research Service projecting the country’s total net farm income at $113 billion.
Input cost increases are mainly driven by supply shortages caused by the pandemic, limited supply of the relevant minerals and high energy costs, and have been worsened by the war between Russia and Ukraine.
In the midst of all these, regenerative farming authority, Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), offers a very promising and alternative solution. Regenerative farming is a holistic agricultural approach that aims to rehabilitate the ecosystem of a farm by working with natural systems, instead of going against them. According to AEA’s CEO, John Hobson, many farmers they work with have experienced greater yield and quality with less input cost since adapting regenerative farming methods.
“Prices of nitrogen fertilizers, which are among the most widely used crop input, have increased by approximately 50 percent in the past two months. This alone should give everyone an idea of just how much input cost has been ballooning. Alternatively, we have what we call the Nitrogen Efficiency Program, which in essence, provides farmers with an ideal, stable, slow-release, plant-available approach to profitable nitrogen management,” shares Hobson.
Aside from the said program, other products by AEA that can help bring down input cost include: The Regenerative Soil Primer a product that helps farmers keep their soil teeming with biological activity, which in turn, unlocks the nutrients needed for crop quality and disease resistance, and; BioCoat Gold™, a mycorrhizal seed inoculant, which AEA claims to be the most budget-friendly product growers will use all year. BioCoat Gold™ acts as a catalyst for seed germination. It speeds up the rate of germination while improving the consistency with which seeds germinate for early seedling and transplant vigor. Seeds that germinate together pass through growth stages consistently and are ready to harvest together.
AEA is an undisputed authority in regenerative farming and has been helping growers make more money by increasing crop production and lowering input cost since 2006. To know more about them including their programs, products, and services, you may visit https://www.advancingecoag.com.