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Good Practices in Production

Supply management

The evolution of knowledge and embedded technology in machinery and supplies used in crops allows for an increasingly assertive and rational elaboration of usage strategies. Studies with seeds, fertilizer management, corrective and defensive chemicals allow for setting up proprietary strategies for the correction of crop needs and the promotion of appropriate conditions for crop development and to obtain high yields.

Crop rotation

The growing concern about the future of agriculture and food production increasingly requires the awareness of farmers to the rational use of productive resources. Good practices for the use of land, water, supplies and management of crops play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of the production system for future generations.

Crop rotation occurs in all the farmlands of SLC Agrícola. The predominant rotation in our Farms in the Center-West region is soybeans + cotton 2nd crop in the first year and soybeans + corn 2nd crop in the second year.

In the Northeast, the Farms located in Maranhão allow for the duo soybeans + corn 2nd crop in the first year and cotton in the second year. The Farms located in Bahia and Piauí make use of the rotation of soybeans and cotton, or the succession between soybeans and cover crops.

Among the benefits of crop rotation, we can highlight:

– Sustainability of the agricultural system.

– Lower incidence of pests and diseases.

– Easier weed control.

– Utilization of residual fertilizer for the succeeding crop.

– Dilution of fixed costs.

Soil management

The direct planting system is widely used in the cultivation of our crops. The goal is to ensure the sustainability of the production process by reducing soil, water and nutrients loss. Without soil tillage we reduce production costs with fuel and machinery spare parts.

All crops have terraces (agricultural technique intended for erosion control), and the planting of areas with higher slope is carried out in level (the planting lines follow the lines of the terraces).

The use of ground cover plants is fundamental within SLC Agrícola’s production system, besides protecting the soil against erosion, it incorporates organic matter, and is engaged in green manure and nutrient recycling.

Crotalaria used as ground cover

Cotton grown in corn husk