By now, despite the snow, many of you are gearing up for seeding and planting this spring. Let us help you make #Plant15 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 equipment and 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 weather up to mother nature and take rotations, rates and scheduling into your own hands.
Three Planning Tips For Your Most Efficient #Plant15
1. Transfer your #Plant15 tasks to a farm management app or farm management software
You might be using Excel or an online spreadsheet or even a notebook (if you are, we should talk). 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 are able to share it with anybody on your team – your family, employees, Agronomists, marketing consultants, financial institutions, etc. A notebook doesn’t give you that flexibility. More on that below.
Concerned about the security of your farm data? Your data is yours, always will be.
Now, you can access it from anywhere, at anytime, even without cell reception from your computer, iPhone or iPad, or Android devices. Update on the go no matter where you are; your data will sync up seamlessly.
After you are done entering all field activities for #Plant15, you will have a full year documented which makes planning for #Plant16 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, on which day. Who wants to do that after a long day?
All of that back and forth is not 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 easily cost you thousands of dollars, if not more. Avoid this by scheduling your #plant15 activities ahead of time. Here’s how:
Don’t be caught unprepared when seeding season starts. With spring fast approaching, this is the ideal time to get started. 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 many benefits of leveraging a farm app like 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, for example.
Upcoming blog post – a Q&A with an Agronomist
We will be talking to an agronomist to get a list of best practices for this seeding season – anything and everything from crop rotations to soil testing.