They’re Planting in Texas

They’re Planting in Texas (4 Big Things) Reachout March 6, 2017 from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo.

by Mike Zwingman

by Mike Zwingman

They’re planting in Texas, which means that it’s headed our way, and soon.

We’re roughly just 70 days from planting, friends. So things are going to pick up fast. Already, the choices you’re making now and actions you’re taking now are crucial for successful planting.

You’ve heard most of what I have to say today here, but repetition is key, right?

There are three things you can do this month to get the ball rolling in the right way for planting:

  1. Install any software or hardware updates to your planter and make sure they’re working how they’re supposed to work. Speaking of, take a minute to ensure that your monitor is operational, too. Any issues with software, hardware, or the monitor that linger into planting can cause problems with your prescriptions and data collection. If you’re uncertain about your technology (like, say, if you flip on your monitor and don’t exactly know how to tell if it’s operational or not) give us a call or talk to your OEM to make sure all is good to go.
  2. Sit down with your FSA or seedsman or whatever trusted advisor you visit for such things, and finalize your plans for your different hybrids. Make sure you know what is going where and write it down so that you remember in 70 days. A lot of planning has gone into matching the right hybrid to the situation in your fields, but it’s all for naught if you don’t get the right plants in the right place. A mix up here could cost you up to 20 bushels per acre. That’s a $55-70 per acre mistake. You’ve done the research—all that’s left is to capitalize on it. So revisit the plan, check it twice, and do whatever you need to do to make sure you can get it right when you hit the fields.
  3. Likewise, if you use prescriptions, sit with your ACS Specialist and finalize them. It’s not an insane idea to meet with your FSA and ACS Specialist at the same time to kill two birds with one stone and benefit from all your combined powers.

Seventy days seems like a lot of time, but when you start to subtract out the days you’ll spend with your family, the days you’ll spend in the field, the days you’ll spend doing, etc., etc., those 70 are whittled down pretty quickly. The time to plan is quite short, but it’s the work that you do now that will eliminate mistakes, even before you set foot in your planter.

If it weren’t so absolutely ridiculous, I’d tell you to put a steering wheel on your desk, to sit behind it and visualize a perfect planting run. But that is ridiculous, so plan instead. Make your go-to-field strategy now. Formulate the plan of attack. Talk it out.

And for Pete’s sake, get it on paper.