Before remnants of Hurricane Alberto moved through our area earlier this week (some growers got an inch of rain, others only received sprinkles) we got out in the field and snapped a few shots of our agronomy team going about their early season work. Fields are planted, but now we think about early season fungicide application.
A Pre-Plant Poem
by Harvest Land
Spring days are getting longer as we start to break the soil
Traffic slows behind equipment driven by local men of toil.
With a warm snap moving through you can almost cut the anticipation
Every move we’re about to make is a result deliberate conversation.
From plant to harvest, and plant again, we’re in a series of decisions
Analyzing data, selecting hybrids and programs and considering provisions.
Sometimes we forget how much promise can be in one tiny seed
Part of our job at Harvest Land is ensuring they get what they need.
We’ve been thinking about this crop since walking through the last
When time passes in seasons of work you come to realize just how fast.
Going forward our days will be designed around the warm sunshine or the rain
When you live your hours according to weather you come to terms with gain or pain.
And so we move into another planting season with anticipation far and wide
In high hopes that good help, weather, supply and parts all live in a time that coincide.
Have you seen the weather forecast for the week ahead?
A year ago we wondered if a snow storm might prohibit farmers from making their way to the Winter Innovation Forum (it didn’t, but the way; 700 growers showed up) and this year we wonder if potential attendees may be planting corn.
Mother Nature is sure playing an interesting card and keeping temperatures above freezing for the next 15 days. The problem with abnormally warm temperatures in February is that people begin to get a little too aggressive on their spring planning and a (very likely still to happen) cold snap could really mess up the best laid plans.
Grandma’s crocuses are coming up and she’s already looking for a reason to begin searching for perennials to plant. Crocuses are beautiful, but seeing them in February means their pretty buds may not make it through the month of March when the cold, true winter weather returns. Additionally, she’s already filled the north end of the dining room table with her garden starts, anxious to get seed in the ground. Now her dining room table only seats 3 instead of six; that’s why you’ll have to eat in shifts.
Mom already washed and stored all of the coveralls in a wishful-thinking kind of way. She is hoping that Mother Nature is, in fact, a Mother and no mom in her right mind would want to bring out the worn out Carhartts once they’ve been double washed and stored.
While the warm winter weather may seem like a good time to celebrate spring, the truth is that this is an ideal time to get fertilizer spread on your fields. Take advantage of the sunshine and dry days and prepare now for spring’s work load. Spreading fertilizer in February reduces future work load in the extremely busy spring days. Contact your YieldPro Specialist now to take advantage of this window in February to get some of April’s work done.
That way you have more time for other things, such as helping Grandma plant those tomatoes or lugging that 50 lb. tote of clean Carhartts up to the shop loft for your mother.