A 1:8 crop rotation

A new building plan every year

Every year ERF makes a new building plan. 3 factors influence this: The type of soil of the plot, the crop rotation required for soil quality and the demand for various products from the market.

The most important starting point in business operations is a decent business economic return. For this we look at what is needed for the continuity of the company and being able to meet the rising lease price. Harvesting crops, such as parsnips and beets, give a good financial return, but have more influence on the quality of the soil structure due to the more intensive processing.

In a 1:8 crop rotation, we alternate these crops with mowing and resting crops. As a whole, this reduces soil pressure, allowing us to grow profitable crops with less cost.

In the building plan, we have reduced the proportion of annual fodder crops such as maize and fodder beet. The share of biennial forage and rest crops such as alfalfa, grass and clover has increased. The share of peas and beans has remained stable in recent years.  

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