Resist Temptation to Plant Early


The message to farmers these days is ‘no matter how tempting it is to get the planter out, just don’t’.  Clemson Extension agent in Calhoun County, Charles Davis:

“My operative word right now is ‘patience’.  We’ve seen it happen before where we’ve gotten burned really bad, trying to get in too early, trying to get ahead of things, get fooled by thte weather and it’s cost us a lot of money in the past.

But, I can understand it’s difficult to not want to go out and do something when by all appearances spring has sprung.  But, we’re still in the middle of February, and I’m just very, very cautious about anybody getting to ahead of the game, here.” 

It’s a southern tradition that we have a hard freeze in the days leading up to Easter, and Easter is late this year:

“Easter is very late this year, and the last time Easter was very late we had a 23 degree freeze and lost half our corn crop.  So, I’m hoping the young guys probably won’t remember it, but the older guys probably will, and I hope the guys older will prevail upon the younger guys to not get in too big a hurry.”

On these pretty days where it’s hard not to get the tractor out, Davis has these suggestions:

“Well, you know it’s a bit early for burn down yet, particularly if we’re going to stick with our traditional planting schedule.  You know, most guys are repairing equipment, cleaning up equipment from last year, getting a little terrace work done, cleaning up around the edges of some of the fields.  You know, we had that hurricane come through in October, and still have some tree limbs and trees that

are blocking a few places, and we’re trying to get those out of the way. 

But, other than that it’s just prep work, clean out the shop, get rid of some old herbicides and chemicals and stuff we may have around…get things tidied up, do inventory and make sure you know what you’ve got on hand so you don’t buy more than what you need.  That’s what I’m telling them to do.”

Clemson Extension Agent in Calhoun County, Charles Davis.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.