21 Things to Do While Waiting to Plant
Farmers across the Corn Belt are itching to get in the field to start the 2018 planting season.
But unseasonably cool weather and substantial April snow totals are keeping progress on hold.
Here are a variety of ways farmers are spending their time while they wait, including organizing monitors, doing extra cattle chores, and soaking up the extra family time.
If you aren't quite ready for #plant18 yet, check out these 12 overlooked preplanting maintenance tasks.
1. Organize your monitors.
3. Farm on the kitchen table.
4. Extra cattle chores.
5. Support local youth programs.
Youth need #4H to become the #TrueLeaders they’re destined to be. Raise your hand to help your state win $20K towards growing more #TrueLeaders in the community! https://t.co/DdPEU6YwBu #4HGrown pic.twitter.com/JgG6Zb4vJb— 4-H (@4H) April 16, 2018
6. Take the kids sledding.
Not very often you get much sledding done in April pic.twitter.com/o2ZQdk15P3— Matt Swanson (@MaxROIFarmer) April 9, 2018
7. Dig out.
8. Soak up the extra family time... and naps.
9. Take time with tech.
11. Help farmers in areas suffering from wildfires.
DONATIONS NEEDED! You can call Lapeer Farm and Garden and make a payment over the phone for anything you’d like to donate to go on our enclosed trailer headed down to Oklahoma #FarmersHelpingFarmers #HaulinHope #UnitedWeStand #AgTwitter pic.twitter.com/KPVnSvfA4M— Ag Community Relief (@AgComRelief) April 15, 2018
Please RT!— OSU DASNR (@okstate_ag) April 14, 2018
Hay is one of a number of items needed by producer-victims of recent wildfires. If you are interested in donating hay, please call:
(405) 590-0106#okfire #okwx #OklahomaStandard #OKCoopExt pic.twitter.com/mdfIDifS3E
12. Go digging.
13. Clean the shop.
14. Write poetry.
Twas the 13th of April no spring in the air...instead we wear carharts and looking for snow shovels to bear ..All the tenders and floaters and sprayers pack tight into a heated shop tonight ...One might call farm tetris to make it sound right #farmpoems.#aprilblizzard #plant18 pic.twitter.com/o3d6umocqO— Luke Lauritsen (@Lauritsen4440) April 13, 2018
15. Put Photoshop and your sense of humor to work.
17. Tackle the honey-do list.
18. Build a snow fort.
19. Brush up on handling and safety practices.
Follow directions on treated seed container labeling for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices. Ensure any spilled seeds are removed or covered by soil to protect wildlife and the environment. #Plant18 #JustGrowIt pic.twitter.com/azAD1ZQvLc— American Seed (ASTA) (@Better_Seed) April 16, 2018