What is in this article?:
- 18 Resolutions to Improve Farming Practices in 2013
- Forage and Economic Resolutions
- Livestock resolutions
Forage and Economic Resolutions
Chris Hurt, Extension agricultural economist
7. Resolve to never say, "It can't happen to me.""The 2012 drought was a stark reminder that bad outcomes can come to our farms and businesses. Evaluate and use the tools to help reduce the terrible financial consequences that can come from bad outcomes. Start with a re-evaluation of crop insurance alternatives."
8. Resolve to make 2013 a learning year."New technology is coming at us quickly. There will be a new farm bill to learn about. Tax laws will likely change. New farm products are emerging. Brand new opportunities will be presenting themselves. Be sure to commit time to increasing your knowledge and to the improvement of your decision-making skills."
9. Resolve to review your family's succession plan and update your estate plan."Even if you have a great plan, remember the laws are changing. At the very least, learn about those changes and how they affect your plan. If you don't have a plan, the new laws will give you a great reason to get started."
Keith Johnson, Extension forage specialist
10. Resolve to sample soils for nutrient levels."Follow through with the addition of limestone and fertilizer recommended by the test. The application of a blended fertilizer like 12-12-12 and calling this your fertilizer program is not a wise decision."
11. Resolve to scout fields."Do this weekly to determine the well being of the growing forages. Evaluate grazing pressure, presence of pests – weeds, insects and disease – and possible nutrient deficiency symptoms."
12. Resolve to evaluate the possibility of grazing corn residues in the early fall."This can reduce feed cost substantially for beef and sheep producers."