Syngenta Summer Autumn Guide 2020 - Page 65



FIELD OPERATIONS
Seedbed preparation in sustainable systems involves less field operations,
with associated reduction in workload and fuel consumption, compared to
conventional establishment.
Seedbed preparation – average across both sites
160
INCREASE IN
WORK RATE
(HA/HR)
6
140
5
4
100
3
80
60
2
No. of operations / work rate hr/ha
Operation cost (£) / Fuel use l/ha
120
57%
68%
49.5%
REDUCTION
IN FUEL USE
REDUCTION IN
CULTIVATION
COSTS
40
1
20
0
0
Conventional
Sustainable System 1
Sustainable System 2
Average number of operations Work rate (hr/ha) Fuel use (l/ha) Operation cost (£)
CROP INCOME AND PROFITABILITY
Crop income and profitability
1200
1000
800
£/ha
Crop income averaged across
both sites show a very similar
return across all 3 systems. The
saving from the establishment cost
within the operation costs, shows
sustainability system 2 margins to
be 13% higher than the conventional
plough based system.
600
400
200
0
Crop income
Operation costs
Profit
Conventional Sustainable System 1 Sustainable System 2
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