4 Critical Things To Record On Your Farm

The success of a farm depends on tracking vital facts and statistics. This often proves challenging because most farmers wear all the hats when running their agricultural business. We are the accountant, the meteorologist, the mechanic, and the director of operations, all rolled into one. Because of this, many farmers avoid logs altogether because it seems too overwhelming to track all the needed details.

However, data logging success is not just about tracking everything…it's really all about tracking the right things. No matter what size or type of farm you run, there are a few specific types of records you should keep to ensure your operations run as smoothly and effectively as possible.

  1. Operational: The best way to optimize your operations is to track relevant data. Think about the key factors to success in your operational procedures. Items like planting dates, harvests notes, rounds of fertilizer, and soil records are all relevant items to monitor. Additionally, you should also consider tracking details on other items such as equipment and labor, as well. Monitoring and analyzing operational trends is the best way to adjust your processes for maximum results.
  2. Production:Your production records should break down output by each individual field as well as every harvest year. Taking a look at the collective production data can help you quickly pinpoint where you're having the most success, and which crops may require a modified approach. Constant analysis can only help you get better every year.
  3. Weather: Some factors in farming we can intelligently predict, and then, there's the weather. Due to its unpredictable nature, tracking weather trends is one of the most vital records you can keep. Not only can it help you identify trends and patterns, your records can also help expedite any insurance claims your farm files. 
  4. Financial Records:Your financial records can also play a major role in the overall success of your farm. Don't just log big expenses. Take the time to track every purchase and expense you have. Knowing the costs of every expense your farm has, throughout every season, can help you understand if you need to make cuts, or have the room to grow and expand for upcoming years. 

What logs are must-haves on your farm? Tell us more about what you track for success in the comment section below!

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