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Production Planning and Analysis

Providing realistic and scenario based production plans is an important step towards understanding the potential outputs from your farm and whether or not the farm will ultimately be able to meet your goals and objectives

Our local farm service agent once said, "Mother nature doesn't care about your spreadsheets" and he couldn't have been more right.  Inflated production numbers, unrealistic yield data and a lack of understanding of the labor commitment are among the many misleading and unknown data points often provided by "consultants" who have no actual farming experience. Unforeseen losses are common in farming, particularly in the early start up years, and can still happen to even the most experienced farmers. This can be hard to overcome and many farms are failing inside the first two years because they've made a significant capital investment but their production estimates are not coming to fruition. Our farm agent went on to say that "profit preserves passion" and the passion for aquaponics can easily diminish if it becomes a financial, physical or even emotional burden on the people involved. 
                                                                                Fish sequencing, production, density and feed planning
We use sophisticated modeling tools, scientific and industry research, and real-time farm data to forecast fish and plant production while ensuring that we maintain appropriate balanced relationships between all organisms in the system design plan. 

The important components of production planning and analysis can include but are not limited to:
  • Determining fish species, feed rates, stocking densities, sequential harvesting, carrying capacity, gross production and fillet weight estimates
  • Determining plant species, planting densities and production estimates on a weekly, monthly and annual basis
  • Evaluating production metrics across multiple plant species in your growing system. This can include the timing and sequencing of crop rotations and adjustments for seasonal variations and other factors.  
  • Evaluating production at different scales such as 2,000, 5,000, or 10,000 sq ft of production space
  • Optimizing plant production through proper system design, use of space, planting rotations and the use of growing systems most suited for the given species. In other words just because a plant can grow there doesn't mean it should grow there if it is not using the space and growing medium wisely and efficiently
  • Providing sensitivity and scenario analysis (best case/worst case) in order to paint a picture of the potential volatility and fluctuations of production
Please contact us for more information and to discuss your project