eAgronom Collaborates with Local Farms across Europe to Merge Profitability and Sustainability Efforts
Thursday, November 30, 2023
eAgronom, the agriculture-focused climate tech company helping farmers adopt sustainable practices for the health of their farms and the planet, announces today a series of on-the-ground sustainable practice trials in partnership with local farmers across Europe. Helping farmers generate additional revenue streams, improve soil quality, and access better financing through environmentally sound farming practices is at the core of eAgronom’s mission. Measures undertaken as part of this trial period will aim to better sync environmental and economic sustainability efforts, which must go hand-in-hand for eco-conscious farmers to stay afloat and thrive within the modern agriculture industry.
Ensuring specific sustainability-minded farming practices can be easily and continually implemented is a major focus of these trials, which are headquartered in Estonia on a permanent base of 20 hectares on the Ajaots family farm, Rannu Seeme OÜ, at Annikoru. These trials test measures concerning machinery, cover cropping, plant protection products, and various fertilisers, all of which serve a unique and indispensable purpose in creating a profitable and sustainable system for farming.
This is the first extended trial of its kind in Estonia dedicated to the potential environmental benefits of farm-based and soil-focused regenerative tactics. Day-to-day maintenance is managed by a four-person team of Estonia-based agronomists; machinery is provided by eAgronom sponsor Tatoli AS. A five-sector rotation of winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, spring peas, and barley will provide the basis for a true study of how carbon sequesters and accumulates in the soil over a five-year period. This trial is the latest in a series of technology- and method-centric tests and demonstrations. This September, eAgronom tested and demonstrated the positive effects of direct drilling machinery on its demo farm in Estonia. It featured over 300 farmers from Estonia and Latvia and the presence of brands like John Deer, Horsch and Claydon.
Farmers won’t adopt better practices if doing so is overly burdensome or costly in terms of labour, time, and money. These trials aim to streamline the implementation process of such practices in a way that is not only convenient for farmers but actively beneficial to their farms’ efficiency and bottom lines. eAgronom already has an active profit-minded incentive in place through its carbon credits program. The improved soil health and reduced input costs that stem from adopting eAgronom-led eco-friendly practices further shore up economic stability.
Tõnis Ajaots, Rannu Seeme OÜ farmer and eAgronom Demo Farm partner, said, “The goal of our company is to test various technological solutions, and as a result, our production has also become more and more sustainable. Over the past few years and in cooperation with eAgronom, we have been able to carry out these experiments in a more versatile and slightly more compact area of land. Preserving soil fertility, and even increasing it where possible, is a key part of sustainable agriculture."
Robin Saluoks, co-founder and CEO of eAgronom, said: “For our farmers, seeing really is believing. Our field trials and demo farms enable us to test innovative regenerative farming practices and prove these practices to farmers. We’re learning right alongside our partner farmers, and their feedback and experiences will have a direct impact on how we help all our farmers make the best decisions for them in economic and environmental terms. Sustainability measures won’t work theoretically. They need to have practical benefits, and implementation has to work seamlessly. We’ll strengthen both aspects through these trials.”
Trials are being coordinated by Agronom’s Head Agronomical Advisor Simon Boughton, who has over four decades of practical farming experience across Europe and Africa. He has previously managed large scale farming businesses in Ukraine, Russia, and Zambia, and acted as eAgronom’s technical director. Under his auspices, trial programs are already underway across Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Spain. eAgronom plans to expand this program into Latvia, Czechia, and Romania in 2024.
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