Contract Growing


We source our hay, alfalfa and other forage crops from local farmers who are situated near the plant. With the growing contract we establish an agreement between Bruce Agra Dehy Inc. and local farmers to ensure we receive high quality crops as well as support local family farms. Within the Growing Contract agreement it is established that it is the responsibility of the farmer to seed and fertilize the crops and Bruce Agra Dehy Inc. is responsible for the rest. The crops will be inspected in the fields by contracted agronomists of CROPCO, an independent crop advisory service, as part of a quality confirmation program. These inspections are to guarantee the stand is weed, insect and disease free. The agronomists work closely with our hay buyers to ensure all are successful. The hay buyer will inspect the hay for quality standards, including colour, smell and moisture below 12%. The hay is assessed to establish a nutrient profile and to make sure there is no mold, dust or large stems. Bruce Agra Dehy Inc. is also responsible for harvesting and transporting the raw materials to the plant. The farmer will then be paid by cheque attached to the weigh bill.

Alfalfa is a perennial crop and can be harvested for three to five years and up to three times a year once it is established, therefore, we base our contract around the crops’ natural cycle. The contracts are typically established for three years to ensure a steady supply of raw material to the plant and to provide farmers with a secure market for their crop. The crops are evaluated upon delivery to the plant based on an established rating system. Supply pricing is determined by the amount of acreage a particular farmer has as well as the fields’ proximity to the plant. Bruce Agra Dehy Inc. only accepts high quality crops to process at the plant and premium crops earn a higher return. Farmers have an opportunity to attend field management courses to assist in the production of high quality crops and in practicing good land-stewardship.

 

Contract Price for Contracts signed in 2014

$ 115.00 per Metric Tonne Dry Matter

 

 

Benefits of Having Alfalfa in a Crop-rotation

  • Alfalfa has very deep roots, which collect water and assist in the drainage and filtration of the soil

  • It can reduce weed growth

  • As forages grow taller and longer their protein levels drop to a percentage that is ideal for horse feed, around 17%, and when the crops are harvested the stored nitrogen in the roots of the plants decompose and fertilize the soil. This reduces nitrogen fertilization costs as well as the energy costs necessary to apply it.

  • Perennial crops have extensive root systems that contribute significant amounts of organic matter to the soil, which helps prevent erosion

  • Improved soil quality, less tillage is needed
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
 
 
         
         
     
 
         
     
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