Нові реалії агробізнесу: шлях порятунку | Agrilab
The new realities of agribusiness

The world has changed. The global economic crisis, pandemic, climate change – in such conditions, the sowing season of 2020 is held for Ukrainian farmers. In addition, the rent for land begins to rise, and with it the cost of production. What’s next? Obviously, pleasant surprises can not be expected. And precision farming in the new realities is no longer a question of additional income – it is a matter of survival.

Profit: past and future

What profit can farmers expect? To do this, look at the experience of Western colleagues. When comparing production costs for various items – fertilizers, plant protection products, seeds, fuel, etc., we see that the greatest contrast is in payment for land. In the US, land fees start at $ 400, and in the states of the “corn belt” – $ 500-600. For their profit, and this is $ 100-150 / ha, farmers have to fight and not just anyhow, but technologically.

How about us? In Ukraine, the payment for land is $ 100-150 / ha, and the profit is $ 150-300 / ha. So, if the cost of leasing land in Ukraine grows to the level of $ 400, then farms that today earn $ 300 per 1 ha will become less efficient, and some of those that today work on the verge of profitability will either go bankrupt or be absorbed by more successful market players.

One thing is clear for sure: to use resources: both natural and input, must be rational. Now. Because it is no longer a question of additional income – it is a question of survival.

Farmers get less yield

Each hectare should be used as efficiently as possible. According to the experience of AgriLab: often the effective field potential is higher than the actual yield that most farmers receive.

Why? For example, the average actual productivity in the Chernihiv region is 7.9 t / ha for corn for grain in 2019. And effective, according to AgriLab – 9.7 t / ha. Farmers in the region received an average of 1.8 t / ha. Why?

As it turned out, there were several reasons for the lack of yield:

– Unbalanced nutrition. The introduction of only nitrogen and starter fertilizers is not enough to realize the potential of the plant!

– The average rate of fertilizer per array does not apply to the “motley” fields of Chernihiv oblast.

– The selected technology and equipment do not correspond to the soil and climatic conditions and field characteristics.

Use your resources efficiently and then you can offer competitive land rents. And this is when using the correct basic technology for the appropriate weather and climate conditions. And if you add automation and precision farming technologies, what will be the result and additional profit from 1 ha?

Investigate your field, optimize the use of resources, develop an individual approach to each field … Those farms that have started to introduce innovations earlier, now feel more confident. Those who still use the “traditional approach” in agriculture should not waste time – implement solutions that can effectively manage and control resources. This is your safety belt.

Together with our partners – agricultural companies from different regions, we are launching the project “Precision Agriculture in Ukrainian”. We will demonstrate, tell and discuss various “cases” so that everyone can get useful and practical information for themselves, find their own solution, their own answer to the challenges of our time. Because together – we can do more.


Each project begins with an understanding of the eventual result of the introduction of precision farming elements. Precision farming is seen as a strategic development plan. It is necessary to be prepared for a possible full or partial change of technology and equipment, or the modernization of the existing one. However, such a decision is made on the basis of a comprehensive examination of equipment, technologies, characteristics of the region and fields. This requires knowledge and understanding of the potential of the crop in each field.


We use methods for assessing crop limitation factors by studying soil and field characteristics: mainly soil texture, agrochemical properties, soil type, topography, water distribution, historical NDVI and others.

The next step is to create detailed maps of soil properties using GPS. To determine the potential of each field, we will use a unique algorithm for complex field agrodiagnostics. Having data on the variegation and effective productivity of a particular field, we calculate the agronomic and economic efficiency of the introduction of each element of precision farming.

Field Potential and Cost Management

You must spend resources according to the potential of a particular field. There are many examples when farms spend money on seeds apart from the potential of the fields.

Efficiency of “Precise” Technologies

The technology of locally- banding fertilizer application allows saving phosphorus-potassium fertilizers for corn – from 15 to 40 USD / ha, for sunflower – 20-48 USD / ha, depending on the region, technology and field characteristics.

The efficiency of differential application by NPK: optimization on average 30+ USD / ha. It is clear that there are fields where there is no economy, but rational distribution contributes to increased economic efficiency.

The additional yield from the use of a complex of elements of precision farming of corn reaches + 38%, sunflower + 54%;

So, after analyzing and calculating the economic efficiency of the introduction of precision farming, we affirm the “road map”. How will we implement it? We will show you in detail and tell you.

Yaroslav Boyko, CEO of AgriLab, official representative of the International Society for Precision Agriculture (ISPA) in Ukraine




























































Ярослав Бойко, СЕО компании AgriLab, официальный представитель Международной организации по точному земледелию (ISPA) в Украине



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