In this present-day farming, farm reports have moved from being a mere task to a necessity. A farm report can be likened to a doctor’s chart of a patient. The chart shows the medical history, demographics, vital signs, problems, progress notes, and medication notes.
In the same vein a farm report details what happens in a farm so that any one who takes a look at this report can see the farm history and understand how best to proceed. For example, the farm personnel will know the type and amount of fertilizer that should be applied on crops or if it’s time to weed based on the previous report. For an animal farm, the farm personnel can read the livestock history if they have been vaccinated
If for example a new fertilizer has to be applied on the farm, the reaction of the fertilizer on the crops can be better predicted from taking a look at the farm report
Same goes for applying nutrients or introducing biological weapons on the farm. The introduction of any new method can be better predicted based on an existing record. And where there is no existing record on a new farm procedure, the farm report for that week will record what happened so there can be a farm history for the next time.
Other benefits of keeping a farm record include:
Identify your farm’s strengths and weaknesses: helps you answer important questions like what does your farm excel in? Which processes need to be improved on? What should be cut out?
Expense: granted, you have your financial records but a farm record can help you understand how petty cash is spent and also project your future monthly expenses.
Loan: banks and cooperatives will not give you a loan until you show them your record and for a business in the agriculture industry, you can be sure they’ll ask for it.
Investment: what is the first thing that any investor will request for when deciding to invest in your farm? Definitely, your financial record. But asides your financial record, the investor also wants to be assured that you know how to manage your farm, and you are not going to convince them by telling them. The professional way to go is to present your farm record, which shows a detailed record of day-to-day operations on your farm
Business Validation: It takes a huge amount of effort to consistently fill out a weekly (and for some, daily) farm report, so if you feel discouraged, doubt your capacity as a farmer or your farm’s prospects, all you need to do is take a look at your farm report to validate your business.
Business Valuation: your farm report amongst other factors will determine your business valuation because it shows how much sweat equity you’ve put into the farm. It will also ease transition to the new farm owner.
So, what does a standard farm report look like? Glad you asked. We have put together a sample farm report that captures important detail week by week.
Farm reports and their extensiveness will largely depend on how large your farm is, the type of farm you operate, how much technology is involved, and how much resources you have for the farm.sample farm record
Disclaimer: This is only a free sample report and does not indicate how we compile our own reports at Farmcrowdy. This sample farm report may not be sold, republished, redistributed for commercial purposes and or edited and re-uploaded on any other sites on the web.
Download this beautifully designed farm report and feel free to edit the report to reflect your farm operations.