We're advancing regenerative agriculture.

Here's how.

Our Regenerative Approach

Our approach to regenerative agriculture is unique to each region, farm, and field. It’s a planned and intentional process that maximizes farm outcomes by responding to local conditions with precision technology.

Farmers and landowners that work with Vayda receive the benefit of this effort, and a simpler path to regenerative farming where they can enjoy increased farm profitability, while creating meaningful improvements in soil, water, climate, and biodiversity.

Balancing Regenerative Practices

Regenerative practices are always stronger when they work together – you just have to find the right balance and mix.

While there are several common practices that define regenerative agriculture, there is no single right way to implement them, as every farm is unique.

Vayda’s approach begins with designing the optimal mix of regenerative practices, that takes into account local conditions and risk factors, available markets, and specific opportunities to maximize value and impact out in the field.

  • Living Roots & Soil Coverage

    Living Roots & Soil Coverage

    The use of cover crops protects against erosion and insulates the soil to reduce nutrient runoff. Cover crops enhance the ability of the roots and plant to remain intact throughout the year.

  • Integrating Livestock

    Integrating Livestock

    Integrating livestock helps plant and soil microbial communities flourish, all while fertilizing the soil with nutrients in their manure. This is put in practice through managed rotational grazing, which moves livestock to different portions of a larger pasture over time, allowing the plant life and soil time to rest and recover while unused.

  • Minimizing Inputs

    Minimizing Inputs

    Shifting to natural processes reduces the need for expensive and damaging inputs. The core strategy reduces chemical inputs and replaces with biological products, creating a gradual system redesign.

  • Crop Diversity

    Crop Diversity

    Crop diversity supports biodiversity above and below ground. Below ground, crop diversity stimulates the growth of various organisms, promoting soil health. Above ground, crop diversity increases pollinators, and suppresses weeds, pests and disease – increasing productivity, stability, and resilience over time.

  • Minimal Soil Disturbance

    Minimal Soil Disturbance

    Reducing chemical and physical disturbances in the soil encourages the growth of microorganisms. These microorganisms restore soil health by promoting soil structure, reducing erosion, and increasing carbon capture.

Precision Agriculture

Simply put, precision agriculture is tech-enabled farming. It allows us to plan, act, verify, and adjust for hyperlocal characteristics and conditions, whether in a specific field or the region as a whole. Our technicians utilize our custom tech stack, ranging from satellite sensors to drone sensors to in-field sensors, to precisely apply regenerative practices, balance productivity and efficiency, and optimize farm outcomes.

Precision Agriculture in Action:

Improved Water Usage

By using moisture monitoring technology and equipment at our Heartland Flagship Farm we reduced our irrigation water use by 3.1 inches per acre (down from a 6.1 inch per acre baseline). Translated across farm acreage, this saved us over 43 million gallons of water, enough to fill over 65 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Mapping and Traceability

To improve our profitability and quality metrics, we use state-of-the-art precision ag practices and track truckloads from fields to elevators. This data allows us to tie verified grain quality data to where it was harvested in each field. The data also allows us to gain valuable insights to improve our future harvests.