Organization – A Key Aspect of Farming
“Knowledge is Power” – The more one knows, the more one will be able to control events. Francis Bacon published this concept in 1597 and almost 420 years later it is just as relevant. Just like any business we continually look for ways in which we can improve, but in order to identify areas of improvement we have to first know how we are doing. This is why records play such an important role for us.
3,600 acres of tillable land, 1,500 accounts for our corn crop and the remaining 2,100 acres is used for haylage. With 3,600 acres of land, we cover almost 300 fields and employ 7 full time people, with another 10-15 people that are seasonal or part time. With this amount of people and fields, organization becomes a top priority. A couple years ago we developed a numbering system for all of our fields, these fields are mapped and kept in binders with their numbers. In our binders we keep management notes including areas that require buffers, our nutrient management plan and spreadsheets to keep record of manure spreading, fertilizer applied, planting dates and varieties.