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By now, many of you are gearing up for seeding and planting this spring. Let us help you make #Plant22 your most efficient and productive planting season yet. As we all know, getting the most in your bins at harvest starts right now.

Planning is important to determine what worked last year and what didn’t, ensuring you have enough inputs, the right tools and correct equipment to plan out your costs. With all the variables in farming out of your control, let’s make sure you’re taking care of the things that you can. Leave the weather up to Mother Nature and take rotations, rates and scheduling into your own hands.

Three Planning Tips For Your Most Efficient #Plant22

1. Transfer your #Plant22 tasks to farm management software

You might be using an online spreadsheet or even a notebook but what if we told you there’s a more productive solution? Farm At Hand’s Calendar function lets you plan all your field activities in advance – seeding and planting, down to the treatment applied, seed rate and soil condition.

Once entered, you are able to track progress on tasks and access your most up-to-date farm such as field activities and bin yards. Better yet, after your farm data has been entered, you can share it with anybody on your team – family, employees, agronomists and marketing consultants. A notebook doesn’t give you that flexibility. More on that below.

woman recording keeping on her computer with messy farm desk

Concerned about the security of your farm data? Your data is yours and always will be.

Now, you can access your information from anywhere, at anytime from your desktop computer, iPhone or iPad and Android device. Update on-the-go no matter where you are; your data will sync up seamlessly.

After you are done entering all field activities for #Plant22, you will have a full year documented which makes planning for #Plant23 that much easier.

2. Share your plan with your family members and employees – early and often

Make sure that your family members and employees have access to your farm. Learn how you can involve your entire farm team.

The downside of keeping your seed plan on paper or a whiteboard is that you need to track down and call/text/email your employees and figure out who did what and on which day. Who wants to do that after a long day?

All of that back and forth is not very efficient and adds up! Think about the time required to write that email, make that phone call (that goes into voicemail), do another follow-up call or email, etc. That’s time that you could have spent managing your fleet or getting the best price for the last years crop inventory.

More importantly, when you update seeding rate or application types and rates, things can easily get mixed up. These type of mistakes can cost you both time and money. Avoid this by scheduling your #Plant22 activities ahead of time. Here’s how:

Don’t be caught unprepared when seeding season starts. Head to http://farmathand.com or download the app from iTunes, or Google Plus and begin planning your most efficient seeding season yet.

3. Consult with an agronomist

There are several benefits of leveraging Farm At Hand. Having your farm data online, centrally located and easily accessible makes working with all members of your farm team that much easier and efficient. If your budget allows for it, make sure you consult with an agronomist. They will be able to help you plan for an optimal yield at harvest starting this spring. If you want to introduce a new crop into your rotation and aren’t sure, an agronomist can help you identify the right treatment for your soil even before you begin planting.

Have a question you’d like us to ask? Tweet us @FarmAtHand and use the hashtag #AskFaH. Not a big fan of Twitter? No problem, email your questions to [email protected].

Ready to get started with farm management software? Sign up today and enter your first 50 records with no commitment. Use digital record-keeping to support your team today!

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