Are we there yet? Are we there YET? Are we THERE YET? ARE WE THERE YET? Those words can get on your nerves in a hurry. As a farmer, right now at harvest time, we are looking forward to the end of our trip that is called harvest. The only thing is, even when we reach our destination of being done with harvest the next journey has already started. The next journey is the selection of the corn hybrids and soybean varieties we will use for the next growing season.
Throughout harvest we watch, study, measure, analyze and, in general, put a lot of thought into what we need for next year to do the “best job” we can growing our crops. Doing our “best job” means wise use of soil, water, pesticides, fertilizers, machinery, genetics and money. We want to make the most out of all these inputs while insuring the health of our environment and the crops we produce.
By choosing the right hybrids or varieties we can
As farmers attempt to select the hybrids and varieties that will help them accomplish their goals, they are always aware that many factors can’t be controlled. Primarily, weather and all its variations can spoil even the most well thought out journey. Regardless, we try to do our “best job” of producing a crop.
ARE WE THERE YET? Farmers may be reaching the end of harvest but believe me we are already studying the map and planning the route to the next destination in order to continue to produce the food and fiber we all need.