A pilot must do pre-flight planning, but he or she also knows some in-flight modifications might be necessary based on developing conditions. Some things are simply beyond a pilot’s control, like the air above and the runway behind.
Farming is similar in that there are certain things you cannot change, but there are a variety of decisions you can make that affect your crop:
- Seed variety you select
- Condition of the soil you seed into
- Seeding depth
- Tillage used
- Herbicide used and timing of application
In farming, you’re essentially building the plane while you are flying it because our business is so strongly influenced by something we have no control over — the weather. We must do our best to balance planning against weather, fertility and disease, so we can make those critical in-flight modifications.
Spring seeding is just around the corner. Do what you can now to plan — or to help your customers plan — to make 2017 your best season yet!
IN-SEASON CHANGES YOU CAN TRY ON YOUR ACRES IN 2017:
- Increase alfalfa seeding rates on a small area of a field. It’s simple… just double back on a couple passes and watch the difference. If you use a cover crop, make sure you don’t double the cover crop or it will increase seedling competition.
- Try new alfalfa technology and plant genetics. Latham Hi-Tech Seeds offers a great selection of alfalfa but none compare to the nutritional advantages of HarvXtraTM, which is the hottest discovery in the alfalfa industry. Some producers consider this a wise investment. For others, HarvXtra™ offers the best potential rate of return than any other genetics. Try some on your acres and measure the advantage!
- Reduce alfalfa seedling mortality with seed treatment such as AlfaShield™. Shown to increase live plants per acre, AlfaShield combines critical elements that promote rapid emergence, helps plants achieve photosynthesis quicker and reduces mortality rates within 24 months after seeding.