The Working Group Arable and Vegetable crops of SAI Platform in 2012 assigned Andersons Easterns’ Jay Wootton to develop and make a farmers tool to understand the relation of financial performance and overall farm sustainability.
The tool is the key for a better educated conversation and learning between farmers and their customers. It allocates the cost of production for a particular crop to its revenues. By doing this the direct impacts per crop of energy use for a tractor, the fertilizers, the crop protection but also labor and land costs become visible and hence manageable. But there is even more, by understanding this mechanisms it also supports the healthy impact of crop rotation. It shows that lower costs have to be made for almost all inputs.
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When you open the SAI Platform Financial Tool, please ensure you select 'Options, Enable edit and macros' at the top of the pane for this tool to function properly.