Agricultural inputs are a great determinant of yields in any type of agricultural production. In the modern world today, agriculture has become extremely dynamic therefore, making the kind of inputs that are being used in the sector today upgraded.

Farm inputs come in a wide array from the most common which include but not limited to; Manure, Farm chemicals, Machinery, Seeds, Water, to many additional concepts that all cook in the same pot to yield glamorous results. A highlight of the most basic is discussed below.

To begin with, Seeds are at the front row in determining the output of a certain production. Hybrid seeds still remain the best seeds for planting as they have been bred to resist the drawbacks from elements such as weeds and parasites in crop production for instance. When selecting seeds for planting, it’s important to first verify that the seeds are certified to avoid purchasing counterfeits. Consider their adaptability to the climate and other features of that region such as the soil. Different hybrid seeds adapt differently to the various climatic regions in a place.

Secondly, when it comes to Manure, modern fertilizers incorporate all the necessary nutrients composition, and are of different types to suit the different needs they attend to at different times of production. Fertilizers too should be handled with caution as to whether they are legit and should also be used in correct amounts, since too much or too little of the latter may hinder the achievements of desired yields

Another major input is Water which is the core resource in all types of production. Due to the modern trends in the weather pattern, rainfall-dependent agriculture has always stumbled due to unpredictable changes in rainfall. Irrigation remains the best solution to handle the water availability issue. Moreover, it minimizes the risk of crop failure. Therefore, in farming, practices such as water harvesting are highly encouraged. Besides setting up irrigation systems, drainage is also a factor to address to prevent water logging and flooding which leads to leaching of nutrients and hence poor yields.

Apparently, crops are always attacked by respective pests and diseases and therefore it is a necessity to have standby agrochemicals i.e pesticides and herbicides to address this. The major mistake that farmers take is taking action after realizing the damage by pests. To curb this challenge it is advised that the herbicides and chemicals are put prior to expected attacks so that the crops remain immune. However this does not apply to all situations as some pests and diseases are sometimes an outbreak or unlikely calamities.

Machinery on the other hand has become the epitome of modern farming. It has made labor the easiest input to handle, where different machines are upcoming every now and then to address the various duties that the farm is entitled to. Machinery has made production efficient by cutting on cost and time resources. Apparently all machines required to handle operations right from the planting to the final harvesting processes are available today. A great advantage of machinery is uniformity in performing tasks and therefore common mistakes are avoided unlike when manual labor was deployed and different individuals had different levels of productivity in their performance.

Not to forget, research and knowledge of the type of production one wants to carry out is very crucial. Being equipped with the correct information translates to successive and maximum output. To add on that, we should also remain keen in selecting the various inputs we want to incorporate in production since as much as technology has improved production, fraud mechanisms have also thrived at the expense of these platforms.

Modern farming has made agriculture an easier activity and business to run where every other resource is at our disposal .Horribly, production does not only rely on inputs only, but also on other external factors such as the weather, and prices of commodities. However the risky nature of agriculture is finding solution every day from the fruits of the modern technology.

 If only farmers would adopt the use of modern agricultural inputs, this would translate to high production efficiency. Subsequently, the latter means that a single farmer can supply for instance at least 200 people unlike when farmers would only produce what can feed a single family only. I wish all aspiring farmers, existing farmers a successful farming.

 by Pauleen Muchunu