At Scheffer, we are committed to supplying grain and fiber grown responsibly, efficiently and sustainably. Our activities are divided into agricultural production of soybean, cotton and corn, with two crops within the same year, which optimizes land use both in terms of the area planted and the rational use of natural resources and inputs.
Every year, we invest in research and in techniques linked to soil health that aim at better results. In our three main crops production, added between first and second crops, we produced in the 2020/21 cycle more than 620 thousand tons of soybeans, corn and cotton, in approximately 200 thousand hectares, distributed in nine production units, in Mato Grosso and Maranhão States - Brazil, and one unit in Colombia.
For the last seven years, we have invested in the development of Regenerative Agriculture, leading to the improvement of soil quality which is crucial for the quality of farming produce and the ability to keep producing, harvest after harvest.
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Cotton is our main crop and we are one of the main cotton producing companies in Mato Grosso and in the country. Widely used by the textile industry, cotton is a natural, biodegradable and sustainable fiber, which contributes to responsible consumption. Our cotton is grown as a second crop immediately following the soybean harvest.
Since the 2015/16 season we have been growing regenerative cotton in our fields. In addition to all the benefits of being a natural fiber, cotton grown in this system is conducted through regenerative practices using, for example, biological products and reducing the need for chemicals. .
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Our cotton growing is coordinated by professionals and specialists working in the farming and sales departments who are constantly seeking to maintain the highest levels of fiber quality from the field to the buyer. In order to supply and meet market demands, we constantly invest in good farming practices in the field and in the modernization of our industrial sector. We have five cotton ginning plants which are able to gin all the cotton we pick. Cotton ginning is a process that separates the cotton fiber and seeds maintaining the fiber’s intrinsic qualities to supply the textile industry.
Cottonseed is an important raw material for cotton oil production. It also provides a number of by-products such oil extraction residue, cottonseed cake and meal all of which are rich sources of high-quality protein used frequently in animal feed.
We have a storage capacity of 85 thousand tonnes of cottonseed to supply crushing mills and animal feed plants.
Our production is 100% certified by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Brazilian Responsible Cotton (ABR) and meets the high standards required by the market. Our practices fulfil and comply with current Brazilian environmental and labor legislation in accordance with health and safety standards and zero tolerance of child labor and forced or slave-like labor. Our production model follows and complies with technical requirements regarding environment protection (soil, wildlife, protection areas, water resources) by applying good farming practices.
We have been a member of the International Cotton Association (ICA) since 2019. The ICA's mission is to protect and legitimize the interests of those who trade cotton, whether they are buyers or sellers, through the application of norms and rules for global cotton trading. It has more than 550 members around the world and its participants represent every sector of the cotton trading business.
In 2021, we also became members of the Textile Exchange. This is a global non-profit organization that develops, manages and promotes a set of standards of excellence for the textile chain. They work closely with members and industry leaders to achieve five key objectives: To boost an increase in cotton adoption by the market; To increase integrity through the adoption of standards and certifications; To impact collective action throughout the industry; To raise awareness of positive and significant changes in the sector and publicize sustainable development goals..
All our cotton has an RFID system which provides product traceability from the moment it’s harvested through to ginning, thus ensuring transparency and security at all stages of the supply chain for our buyers.
Soybean is the first crop in our growing season and it´s already being grown using regenerative practices on a large scale, maintaining the high level of quality. This is achieved through careful soil management, use of no-till and cover crops, selective and rational weed control, and integrated pest and disease control. We invest in technologies that provide daily monitoring of biological activity in the fields. This work guarantees the preservation of our soils and systems as well as providing good results and the assurance that our products meet market requirements.
We grow corn as a second crop, in the same growing season, following soybean. Corn has great economic significance and can be used for animal feed, human consumption as well as in the energy sector. Corn, when grown following other crops, offers additional benefits compared to alternative crops due to its higher concentration of crop residues (straw), which remain on the soil surface after harvesting.