Keeping an eye on operating costs

Many farmers are under enormous pressure. Deliver high quality, manage sustainably and handle steadily rising costs. At some points on farming, particular hotspots arise: For example, high energy costs for electricity and diesel are noticeable in the day-to-day use of the machines. At the same time, prices for plant protection products and fertilizers are rising. Never before has it been so important to identify both organisational and technological savings potentials.

How can modern technologies help save money?

In daily work, it is no longer just the size and power of the machines that count. It is about the ability to work efficiently and cost-effectively. This is where modern technologies come in.
Fuel cost factor - path guidance saves fuel
Diesel prices are a particularly dominant cost factor for agricultural farmers and livestock farmers. Agricultural machines are used with high impact and, depending on the model and area of use, can devour large quantities of fuel. One technology that can be used to achieve savings here is automatic path guidance systems. They ensure maximum precision in field work. By fully utilising the working width, a higher surface capacity is achieved. At the same time, automatic path guidance minimises undesirable overlaps and thus also significantly reduces the expenditure of farm equipment.

Learn more about the innovative path guidance technologies from Fendt:
Guidance system
Cost factor plant protection - treat and fertilise more efficiently
With energy prices, fertiliser prices continue to rise. Massive export restrictions and the current political situation are also creating supply bottlenecks. Fertiliser is expensive and scarce as ever. The situation is no different for plant protection products. A particularly efficient use of these resources is now crucial. This is where the attachments come in. The tractor and the attachment must communicate with each other in order to function perfectly as a team. Section Control ensures this. The technology prevents unnecessary overlap when using fertiliser spreaders or sprayers and can thus save up to 15% of farming resources.

Variable Rate Control is even more economical. Each stroke is different and requires different levels of crop protection, seed or fertiliser. Variable Rate Control controls the output quantity for specific sub-areas: i.e. as much as necessary is used per partial area, but as farming resources as possible are used.

More information on efficient machine control can be found on our website:
Machine control
Cost of working time - not to be underestimated
Working time is not just in the field. Farmers also spend many hours planning and preparing the work and the subsequent documentation. The latter, in particular, eats more and more time because of the high demands of politics and society. Here, digital technology can combine field and office work and bundle all relevant data in one system. This is the approach of FendtONE, the digital operating system with which the current Fendt tractors are equipped.

You want to know how you can very conveniently and efficiently digitally manage your company's most important resources - machines, workers and fields - and save a lot of time? Find out more about FendtONE here:
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3 questions for product expert Julian Schwehn

Interview with produc expert Julian Schwehn

Interview with produc expert Julian Schwehn

We ask product expert Julian Schwehn how the purchase of expensive Fendt technologies pays off, whether too much technology makes Fendt machines unnecessarily complicated and which technologies and innovations will be waiting for us in the future.

Spotlight survey

We want to know: How do you adjust yourself and your company to the ever-increasing farming material costs? What tips do you have for your colleagues?

From farmer to farmer:
Your tips for saving on farming costs

I try to have as few losses as possible with the application technique
It also depends on when you fertilise!!!
Swap blades on the forage harvester in time! It actually saves fuel.
If possible, add N-extensive summer crops to the rotation in the short-term.
Harvest is better when its dry. In the morning, when the dew moisture is present, diesel consumption increases by an average of 4 litres per hectare, according to the DLG Consumption Test.
For longer road journeys, adjust the tyre pressure on the tractor or switch to a lighter vehicle or lorry. It consumes significantly less diesel!
Build humus!
You can also use biostimulants, there are other secondary products

Interview with farmer Thorsten Schmidt

Thorsten Schmidt runs an agricultural farm with an attached pig farm in Uffenheim near Würzburg, Franken. We asked him, among other things, how he deals with the current challenges and whether or how he has adapted his work processes.
You will surely also feel the increasing operating costs on your farm, Thorsten. Where do the high prices hurt the most?
Diesel prices certainly hit us the hardest. Fuel is the biggest cost, of course. But prices for fertilisers and animal feed have also risen rapidly again. You don't really know where it ends. Or whether fertiliser is even available next year. That is what is currently causing a lot of agitation among farmers. That is why many colleagues are now prepared to buy at completely overblown prices. Because they are afraid that even fewer goods will be available next year.
Has this extreme cost pressure changed anything in the way you organise your farm, in procurement or work processes?
Absolutely. You're thinking a lot more now, especially about diesel consumption in the field. You wonder which processes are necessary. Which operation might make sense alternatively, so that I consume a few litres less. The digitisation of the machines then helps me. Because I really see after each operation in detail how many litres per hectare I needed. A concrete example: Last week, I worked in catch crops. Once with a disk harrow, I was at 6.8 litres per hectare. Then with a knife roller that ran at 3.4 litres per hectare. I have to weigh up for myself the compromises I make in the field. Whether the cheaper procedure is more sensible at all.

Now I'm more concerned about fertilising. Since the Fertiliser Ordinance, but now with prices and scarcity even more. How can I put in the nutrients efficiently if I can only use a certain amount. Of course I have to choose the time of application, where the utilisation is optimal. And for subsoil fertilisation, for example, it’s placed very close to the plant. Simply save on fertiliser wherever you go.
You drive a Fendt and use technologies like path guidance. How are your experiences here, can you save on farming resources with the technology?
Of course, thanks to the steering systems, there is almost no overlap, no double application. Most farms have already made this leap. The next step for us was Section Control, where we can also work on partial areas very precisely. Which works very well, especially with single grain seeds. The field has 12.8 hectares. I used to fertilise, spray and sow with 10-12% overlap. Meanwhile, thanks to the technology, we are working very precisely.
That the machine takes steps away from you, e.g. by automatically turning the tractor, does that help you? Does it save time?
We've been using this for two, three years. But for me it's more a technical gimmick... But that's still interesting, what the Fendt can do. What actually saves us time is the digital order creation. The driver only has to drive out onto the beat, confirm the green tick twice and he can start. He doesn't have to laboriously choose the machine, track width, etc. That's all there.

The high level of comfort of the Fendt tugs is well known to all, which my team also appreciates very clearly. It's easier to find better people if you have good machines.

For me, the next step in completely autonomous farm management is exciting. Let's see how it goes on, also in terms of real time savings.

Thank you, Thorsten Schmidt!

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