A Farmer’s Work Is Never Done

farmer morgueYou would think that the long winter in the Midwest would give every farmer a break, but that’s not the case. In fact, the record-low temperatures combined with the extra snow and ice have probably made most farmers in the Midwest at least consider, for a moment, a career change.

The challenges that farmers face during winter are enormous, especially when the weather is unexpectedly colder and snowier than the average, as this winter has been. If animals live on the farm, farmers must cope with the daily battle to keep them warm, protected from the elements and properly hydrated (made even more difficult by freezing pipes).

As spring begins, the days only get longer for the farmer, who, besides maintaining livestock, must also begin planting crops. Some farmers have already started plants in greenhouses, and many more crops will be planted soon. Winter is also the time when farmers must repair equipment and catch up on the business aspects of farming that may have been put aside during the busy summer and the fall harvest, including filing taxes and renewing agreements with vendors and customers.

While many of us have spring fever and can’t wait for a moment to get out in the garden and get our hands dirty, farmers are often looking at spring as just a longer piece of daylight in which to get the work done.

Even though there is a lot of work, we don’t know a single farmer who would trade what he or she does for an office job. There’s simply something satisfying about working the land, and we’re proud to be able to provide high-quality, American-made farm tools and supplies to make the job a little easier.

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Do Farmers Take the Winter Off?

It would be nice if farmers only had to work a few months out of the year. But farmers work just as hard, if not harder, during the off season as they do during the growing and harvesting seasons, to prepare their lands for the next planting season. Granted, because most farmers work 12-14 hours a day during the growing season, it may seem like they’re not working as much during the winter, but a farmer’s work is never done.

Late Harvests

Depending on the farm’s production schedule, it’s likely that the farmer will still be out in the fields, perhaps sowing a late harvest of wheat through the end of October. Once the final crops are harvested, the land still must be tilled and readied for the next year’s crops. As well, this is the time of year when farmers may seed winter crops that help replenish the soil.

Equipment Maintenance

In order to keep farms in good working condition, downtime from actual planting, irrigating and harvesting is often used to assess and repair farm and ranch equipment, to make sure that it is ready for the next season. From repairing irrigation stations to making sure the tractor is operating properly, there’s plenty of work to be done. The winter season is also a great time to install AgCams, to more efficiently monitor livestock.

The Business of Farming

Farmers are businessmen, so many hours of the winter months are spent securing markets, catching up on financial paperwork, and getting the books in order for the upcoming tax season: all of those things that simply make the farmer impatient, waiting to get back to the fields!

Making Improvements

The winter is also the time of year when farmers can analyze the previous year’s successes and determine what they need to do to make the next year even better. Truly, a farmer’s work is never done, but Barnyard Products is always here to help.