Use Case

Traceability

Farming Inputs & Planting Campaigns

Introduction

Knowing what has happened throughout the season on the fields you are sourcing from can be a difficult task! Recording and tracking inputs and activities that take place on farmers’ fields mean actionable insights and are possible with digital Planting Campaigns.

The Problem

For those working with farmers across multiple locations, recording input applications, planting dates, and other first mile data on paper means a struggle to stay on top of harvest expectations.

Limited Oversight of Fields Per Planting Campaign

Unregistered farmers mean a lack of insights into farming practices and planting information.

Limited Forecast vs Actual Oversight

Disorganised crops mean unchecked sourcing operations without estimated yield forecasting or actual harvest quantities.

Compliance Struggles

Information is stored chaotically across several platforms, meaning a lack of audit-proof records for certifying bodies (such as Global G.A.P).

Opaque Production Costs

Without appropriate activities recorded during each season there is a lack of detailed insights into farming activities.

Due to poor first-mile traceability in their supply chains, fulfilling all these obligations is a major challenge for businesses.

Companies have struggled to:

Register Farming Practices and/or Planting Campaigns

Gain Insight Into Farming Costs

Execute Traceability Exercises

The Solution

In Farmforce, Planting Campaigns are the backbone of organized crop seasons. Setting up campaigns allows you to record sourcing operations by crop, region, and/or farmer groups for each harvest season. Campaigns give users clear oversight as to what is happening in their first mile at different stages of the growth cycle and clearly track projections at the beginning of the season vs actual harvest collected from farmers at the end of the season.

Farming Inputs

When setting up their Farmforce instance, customers can configure their own chemical and fertilizer database, as well other equipment, etc. commonly used by farmers throughout a season. By configuring inputs and recording what has been used in production, customers can gain some key insights:

Key Features

Understanding Inputs Commonly Used by Farmers: By recording the inputs used by your farmer base throughout each planting campaign, customers are able to gain insights into what and how farmers are using inputs and analyse that data to identify areas where they can assist or help farmers to improve.

Insights Into Farmer’s Costs of Production: When configuring inputs, it is possible to configure input dosage costs, which will auto-calculate the cost of the application on a field based on the amount applied. It is also possible to record the cost of equipment and labour when recording a growing activity. By recording input application costs, customers are able to better understand farmers’ cost of production each season.


Executing Traceability Exercises if Required by Importing Countries or Certification Bodies: By digitally recording the activities that have taken place throughout a season’s campaign and then recording the collection of harvest and transfer to exporter locations, Farmforce offers end-to-end traceability in one platform. If audited or required to trace back batches of product to understand, for example, the root cause of chemical residue being found in crops, Farmforce provides that end-to-end traceability.

Planting Campaigns

When fields are supplying a current Planting Campaign, field staff using our mobile app can record the activities that have taken place on the field (such as pruning, weeding, crop protection applications, etc.), as well as the inputs used (such as chemicals, fertilizers, equipment and labor).

Key Features

Growing Activities: That’s the core functionality, enabling reporting and monitoring of anything that takes place in all of the fields managed throughout the planting campaign.

Earliest Maturity: For each crop variety to be planted users can add the minimum number of days it takes to become mature. Being able to store this information and check it during the harvest season improves the success rate of planting campaigns.

 

Why Does It Matter?

ProfitabilitY With Purpose

A traceable and effective application of farming inputs translates into a greater production of higher-value crops and allows for higher profit margins along various supply chain levels:

  • Enhanced Resource Management: Farmforce’s Planting Campaigns streamline input recording, ensuring optimal resource use and reducing wastage.
  • Traceability for Premium Crops: Utilising traceability features guarantee quality standards, opening opportunities for premium pricing in the market.

  • Operational Efficiency and Planning: Enable better planning and coordination, leading to accurate harvest projections and optimised supply chain operations.

Sustainability

Our functionalities allow progress monitoring towards production targets, thus strengthening trust from buyers. Carefully and accurately monitoring chemicals used in soil means mitigation and accountability towards sustainable objectives. These same functionalities allow producers the power to prove that non-chemicals are primarily used in their production. 

Operational Excellence

Starting with Farming Inputs and Planting Campaigns, along your supply chain to Harvesting and Purchasing, keeping these records allows for planning operational details, such as warehouse product coordination and forecasting.

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