Ask a Certified Adviser About How to Get the Best Return from Your Crops
eKonomics News Team
To succeed as a farmer today, you must balance the complex demands of crop varieties and soil nutrient levels with the cost of fertilizers, chemicals and other inputs to achieve the yields and profits you want.
Fortunately, trained professionals are available to help you determine the right formula for maximum yield: certified crop advisers (CCAs) and certified professional agronomists (CPAgs). These advisers evaluate opportunities and recommend ways to achieve better crop production.
Who Are the Crop Advisers?
CCAs and CPAgs make recommendations to growers, like you, to more effectively manage soil and water, nutrients, crops and pests.
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) certification programs set a benchmark for professionalism. You can depend on the information and guidance a CCA or a CPAg provides to help increase profitability while also being good stewards of your land and resources.
Advisers also can specialize in these areas:
- Nutrient management uses the 4R principles (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place).
- Sustainability can be achieved by implementing land management concepts that meet immediate business needs while conserving resources for future generations.
- Resistance management with integrated systems improves the environment and plant health by avoiding development of resistance to chemicals used to control pests and weeds.
Finding the Right Adviser for You
When interviewing a potential adviser, ask the following questions to determine the individual’s knowledge of crop production and how well his or her expertise aligns to your goals.
- What crop rotations and crop variety options are best suited for my farm?
- Which crop varieties produce the highest yields for my area?
- Should I test soil nutrient and plant nutrient levels?
- How can you help me interpret soil testing results and make recommendations about fertilizer management practices needed for each crop, including rates and application options?
- What are the best practices and economic thresholds necessary for effectively controlling weeds, pets and crop diseases on my land?
- What is required to produce new crops, improve yields or more efficiently manage inputs?
5 Ways CCAs Can Help
- Grow Profits
- Learn to use fertilizers and other inputs more efficiently.
- Avoid Risks
- Seek recommendations that enable your farm to reduce mistakes and eliminate costs.
- Take Care of Your Land
- Focus on long-term land management and stewardship.
- Access Latest Technical Knowledge
- Discover best practices to improve yields and your bottom line.
- Work with a Reliable Partner
- Trust the advice of certified advisers, who pass rigorous testing and sign a code of ethics.