Unfortunately there are times in agribusiness when not everything goes to plan. At these times, losses can be incurred from third parties as a result of chemical drift, incorrect chemical usage (type and/or rate), poor sowing technique (e.g. too deep), failure of equipment, fire damage, unintended grazing by stock and many other causes. IMAG has expertise in the calculation of quantum of loss in such circumstances. As such, we are often employed by farmers interested in knowing the extent of any losses they may have incurred, or have been accused of causing.
In situations where legal action has been instigated, we are regularly engaged by legal firms wishing to understand the issues involved and the quantum of any loss. We provide expert witness advice and review the case put forward by opposition parties. IMAG fully understands and abides by the Expert Witness Code of Conduct.
There are many issues that need examination in most legal cases. Where appropriate, IMAG utilises soil testing, plant tissue analysis, plant density counts, GPS-based area determination, digital photography, aerial photograph interpretation, gross margin calculations (using relevant financial and physical data) and any other relevant objective measurement techniques. A critical aspect of many disputes is whether any effort was made, or could be made, to mitigate and loss. This forms an important component of many loss calculations.