There are some key tasks that need to be done around the farm in the winter:
Francis Beck said, “Whatever you measure tends to improve.” The winter provides a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. Being the best farmer possible requires defining what a farmer means.
To me it means being a continuously improving steward to the crops and to the soil. Continuous improvement means constant learning. I attend conferences to learn about new products and methods to produce better food. The winter is a time to analyze the data from the previous year, decide what to try for the coming year, and implement farm-wide updates.
I’ll finish by saying that the farm may not be the beehive of activity in the winter that it will be in just a few months, but the time spent in the winter months is far from wasted.
This article was authored by Mike Milligan for the Michigan Ag Council. Milligan is a Cass City farmer committed to sustainability on his family’s farm by using technology and stewardship practices. Read more from Michigan farmers at michigangrown.org/blog.