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With the promise of spring comes the focus on spring planting for your farm. The delay of spring weather means the delay of spring planting. This can be a problem for many farms with a limited amount of equipment and manpower, and lots of fields to plant.
This spring holds promise of recovery from the drought we experienced last year. The winter snow on the fields will help with the moisture content in the soil. With a strategic spring planting plan, we can start to recover from the dry summer of 2012.
The National Weather Service has declared that the drought has ended over Southern Wisconsin. Here is the outlook for the spring of 2013 from the National Weather Service Forecast Office as of March 2013:
“.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK…VERY COLD TEMPERATURES EARLY THIS SPRING ARE EXPECTED TO WARM TO NEAR NORMAL OR POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL BY LATE APRIL OR MAY. THERE ARE SLIGHTLY HIGHER PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION TO CONTINUE THIS SPRING”
This is great news for farms and crops in Rock County Wisconsin!
What does this mean for your spring planting? Most likely it will mean long days and nights, dodging the raindrops, trying to stay out of the mud. This season, more than most, will be the time to call for help.
The forecast indicates that we may have a warm, wet spring. This is perfect for seed germination and a great start for the crops. The sooner you can get that seed in the ground the more you can take advantage of the quick start the weather will provide.
If you need help with any of your farm services give us a call. We provide services for:
• Crop planting – Soy beans, corn, rye, wheat • Tilling • Ripping • Field Finishing • Cultivating • Erosion Control • Dredging • Harvesting • Bailing • Stalk chopping • Discing
We have the equipment, manpower and experience to help you with your spring crop planting. At Joe Rebout’s Complete Lawn Care and Snow Removal, we do more than just commercial and residential lawn care. We also offer Farm Services.
Give us a call at 608-373-0769 to discuss your spring planting needs and how we can help you to a great start to the season. Timing for planting your crops this year will be the key to your success. With much of the country still in a drought situation, productivity in the Southern Wisconsin Farming Region will have a big impact on the markets.
Crop Planting in Janesville
Crop Planting in Janesville or in southern Wisconsin has its challenges. Mother Nature is at the top of that list. Whether you are planting for cash crop or feed crop timing your crop planting is tricky business. Farming is a little bit like investing in the stock market. You make your investment and plant your seed, then hope all of the conditions are favorable to grow your investment. Sometimes you realize great profits and sometimes you crash. Doing some homework and having a backup plan is just good business when you are planning your crop planting for the next season.
Timing: When you plant your crops is a bit of science and a bit of luck. Your best laid plans can be delayed by a late spring, late frost, wet conditions or stormy weather. When the time is right, you must be in a position to take immediate action. You may only have a few days before the soil becomes too wet due to a weather system that has moved into the area. Even with today’s advanced meteorological advances, the professionals are even caught by surprise with an unexpected weather event.
Prepare: Crop planting takes some advanced planning. There are questions to consider. With the answers to these you can begin your preparation: What crops will you plant in which fields? What is your optimum planting schedule? What preparation will you need to do for each crop and each field? What resources do you have to do the work and plant the crop? Will you need to address any environmental concerns prior to planting? Where and when will you purchase your seed?
Schedule: Once you have considered all of the options and have decided on a plan put your plan A schedule in writing. But don’t stop there. You should also put your plan B for an early season and plan C for a late season or replanting, in writing. What will do if you only have a short window of opportunity to plant your crops? Do you even want to take the chance or do you want to call in help as soon as the weather is favorable for planting?
Contract your resources early: When considering whether to call in help to plant your crops, consider the cost of late harvest. If you don’t plant your crops on your schedule, what will that do to your yield? Will you incur more cost for drying? Will your crop have enough time to reach full maturity? If these costs will harm your bottom line, then you may want to contract the services for help that you will need. Don’t wait until the last minute and try to find available resources. They may not be there when you need them. Make the decision early and contract your fuel, your help, your equipment rental or planting services early.
Crop planting in Janesville is a science. But with a bit of luck and some advanced planning and using the resources available, you can tip the scales at harvest time in your favor.
Through the many years of managing a business and interacting with the business world I’ve often wondered how people choose a company to work. I have been “lucky” to have had the majority of my experience with other companies be pleasant. But is it luck?…… Actually no, no matter how small or big a project I had done I have always used an elimination method to make sure I choose a company that is capable of meeting my expectations. Most of what I do is common sense, but you may not think to do it before making a decision, which can be costly in the end. Here are some steps to follow to increase the chances of having the best possible outcome.
1. Always ask for references- try to get referrals from family and friends when possible. If you do request and receive referrals don’t be afraid to use them and don’t be afraid not to. Sometimes all it takes is the request to tell if the service provider is reputable. If they have no references it may be a red flag, ask questions to determine the reason why the information is not available.
2. Don’t choose a company just because they’re the cheapest- Ask yourself why they may be cheaper than other companies. Is it an unrealistic number, and in the long run you’ll spend more because the company is not efficient or reliable? Are you comparing apples to apples, is one company offering services that the other is not?
3. Ask if the company has liability insurance- God forbid something goes wrong, but if it does you will be at ease knowing the company providing the service has the adequate insurance to cover damages. Not only should a company have general liability insurance but they should also have commercial auto insurance and workers compensation insurance if they have employees. This will also tell you how reputable and legit the company is. Insurance is an expensive costs incurred by companies, but not having it can be a bigger costs….not only to the business owner but also to the customer
4. Take a look at the companies work previously performed- this goes along with requesting references. When you have a specialty service or detailed project make sure you know the company is knowledgeable and has performed the services before. Ask for pictures or examples, they’re suppose to be the experts, not you. The last thing you want is a trial and error project-Make sure your getting what your paying for
5. Lastly, ask questions, ask questions, ask questions. It doesn’t hurt to be more informative, that way you both know exactly what you want.