8 Lessons Learned from 2019
David and Tanner review an article by Tyne Morgan reflecting on 8 lessons we in agriculture learned from the 2019 growing season.
8-Lessons Learned from 2019
Tyne Morgan – AgWeb – Farm Journal
2019 will go down as one of the most challenging crop-growing journeys in history; much of that stemming from unforgiving weather. Late planting, unforgiving conditions, leading to a wet and snowy harvest.
The yield story is one many growers didn’t see coming, creating a year full of agronomic lessons that could last a lifetime.
- For instance, we would tell a grower not to mud corn in unless he's doing it for crop insurance. That corn stand is so crucial, make sure you get it right.
- Not so much to worry about the calendar but to focus on the quality of job getting done.
- 2019 taught everyone that planting dates don’t always matter.
- Stop worrying about the neighbor and know what is right for your farm.
- If we look at planter studies and planter attachments and how we can teach the planter to dance, it's just as important on June 5 as it is on May 5 as it is on April 15
- Don’t get in a rush and forget about necessary planter maintenance and set up.
- As genetics continue to improve, the crop is a little more forgiving when it comes to weather and planting dates. The idea of getting in a panic and forcing that crop in, I don't think we have to do that anymore
- Be patient and know what the hybrid’s strengths are – cold germ tests.
- We have the technology that allows us to plant fast and do it in marginal conditions
- See item #1 marginal is still better than mud, but the pace is faster than it used to be
- With a lot of our new genetics today, the last 30 days make the crop
- The whole year matters, hope and discipline
- Don't never walk away from a growing crop,’ because you don't know when the next opportunity is going to come along.
- Some tore out a marginal crop only to get another marginal crop planted
- Stick to your marketing plan. Delayed planting sprouted a bullish reaction in the markets. Once the market realized a late-planted crop could still be made, that reaction turned sour.
- Those with less emotion involved took advantage of what the market gave for opportunities.