Crop tour

The crop tour is a staple in every grain farming family. You may have a different name for it, but you definitely drive around scouting crops - your own and your neighbors’! :-)

Find @farmfemmes on Instagram to take a fun Friday quiz and see which crops you can identify. Or check out the photos below to see how our crops are looking in Southern Manitoba. (Week of June 17-21)


Prep Week: Keeping track of what's where

Yesterday we talked about keeping a written/physical record of your fields. Capturing what is in your head into a cohesive record allows everyone in the operation to easily access the size, shape and location of your fields. However, it doesn’t stop there. Another key component of planning is what to plant on each field.

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The first round of planning 2019 crop rotations happened months ago. This round of planning involves making adjustments based on:

  1. Marketing predictions

  2. Winter weather to date (considering things like moisture levels, snow cover and conditions for fall-seeded crops)

  3. Availability of seed (based on changes from suppliers or changes in your requirements due to #1 and 2)

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"Rotation Planning is fluid right up until the seed is in the ground.

Our crop rotation plan is fluid and flexible right up until the seed is in the ground, and even then sometimes we are forced to re-seed a field. In this case we may choose to re-seed with the same crop or an entirely different crop, based on the timing, weather forecast and seed availability. Our planning tool is just a guide to help us communicate. February is a great time to revisit it and update it with any changes that you might already have in mind.

We keep a multi-year planning record as well as a quick “cheat sheet” with just this year’s planned rotation. Let us know if you have any planning tools that you use to record and communicate your cropping plans. Drop us a comment or message us directly! Think spring! #Plant19 is just a few months away.