Exata Group manages more than 27,000 hectares of land and is one of the largest agricultural companies in Slovakia. Their goal is to provide professional services in the field of plant and animal production, which are based on the latest technologies and the experience of their professional team.
„On all parcels with a total area of almost 2000 hectares, we saved almost 20,000 Euros for fertilizers and seeds.“
The management of the company tries to look ahead in the long term, and therefore they consider it necessary to start with precision agriculture in as many enterprises from their portfolio as possible. The decision to introduce precision agriculture was almost unanimous. A team has been formed to deal with the matter. They did a detailed research and selected several supplier companies that could match the required criteria. In addition, they focused on the long-term goals that Exata should achieve. "The CleverFarm company was one of the four companies with which we started cooperation. After the first meeting, we immediately decided that this company met our requirements. The team of experts and the platform they offered looked very promising.'', explains Ing. Ján Narancsík, manager of precision agriculture for EXATA GROUP, a.s. "We did some tests of what CF offers on our fields and based on that we decided to continue," continues Narancsík.
In the first year, Exata applied the principle of precision agriculture on 700 hectares. It is one thing to have a professional platform and a professional guarantor, but another thing is also the introduction of technical things such as GPS, RTK, spreader. This is a big and important step for the company to continue implementing precision agriculture.
„Since CleverFarm also offers consultation on technological solutions in its portfolio, this part has become significantly easier for us. It was also great that the CleverFarm team guided us through the entire precision farming process. From the analysis of the sowing plan for the given season, data from harvesters on yields and soil samples, through the ongoing evaluation of the state of the growth on the plot detail, expert advice to the evaluation of the economic impacts, on the yield, nutrient balance and nitrogen use at the plot/zone level. They also recommended the appropriate steps for the following season.’’ Ján Narancsík.
‚‚We have to look at economy, efficiency and, of course, effectiveness. Of course, sustainability, i.e. ecological efficiency, is an integral part. However, the economy clearly wins from all these goals. We need the right data to make a decision. It is a mistake when someone thinks that they will buy some SW and immediately produce and save tens of percent. We realize that we need at least 2-3 years to get the best possible data’’ Pokračuje Narancsík.
With increasing data such as soil samples, current and historical data on the condition of the vegetation and the experience of the previous year, decisions are made much better. In the second year, Exata expanded the application of precision agriculture by almost 1000 hectares. The aim was to save on fertilizers and seeds.
For complete, the recommendation is to reduce the amount of nitrogen to almost zero. In the future, this part of the plot may switch to a regenerative farming method with the aim of retaining water and thus becoming permanent grass.
After we had enough data, we decided to believe in our strategies and started saving on fertilizers and seeds. This helped us save a significant amount of money the following year.
We applied 5% less fertilizer on all plots with a total area of almost 2,000 hectares.
The total savings on fertilizers in the 2022/2023 season is currently 14,218 Euro.
So far we have saved 7-12% on seeds. The total amount is therefore 5,729 Euro.