3 Leadership Priorities for Planting Season

May 4, 2018 09:11 AM
As your team’s leader, you must not let the pressures of planting cause additional stress and fatigue on your team.

This time of year can feel like a sprint and a marathon. As your team’s leader, you must not let the pressures of planting cause additional stress and fatigue on your team, says Bob Milligan, senior consultant at Dairy Strategies based in Bruce, Wis.

He provides three important tips for leading your team. 

  1. Management and leadership is still your top priority. Don’t let your urgent to-do list derail leading by example and managing your team, Milligan says. “If you do not, you personally may get a lot of work done, but others will be less productive, and the efficiency of planting will suffer,” he says.
  2. Stay safe. “We are frequently reminded that fatigue and drowsiness are major contributors to distracted driving auto accidents,” Milligan says. “Long hours are necessary, but you must make certain everyone, including yourself, takes breaks, eats well, and stays hydrated.”
  3. Look for signs of stress. Long hours, real or perceived inadequate planting progress, pressures from home about the long hours and other personal issues are just a few of the stressors that occur during this season.

    “Life happens even during planting,” Milligan says. “If you or anyone else is showing signs of stress—easily frustrated, unusually quiet or loud, listless—check out WHY and take action if needed.

Need more advice on leading your team and controlling stress during planting? Contact Bob Milligan at rmilligan@trsmith.com or 651-647-0495.

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Spell Check

Lincoln, NE
5/4/2018 08:32 PM

  Nebraska farmers and ranchers are facing dry fields, blowing winds resulting in soil erosion and not being able to apply pesticides due to windy conditions, delayed planting season, behavioral/mental health stress, long days resulting in loss of sleep, poor food eating habits of eating in the tractor, truck or pickup, grain quality in the grain bins, calving/branding, vaccinating and tagging calves, repaying bank loans, unsure as to the USDA farm program, water availability for irrigation, high fuel costs, finding and keeping qualified laborers, equipment repairs, family safety helping to do farm activities, community involvement on boards with late night meetings, and trying to attend church on Sundays. All this totals to long days and short nights.

Larry Carroll
Delta, OH
5/6/2019 09:04 PM

  All the news talks about is the wet disaster in Nebraska, Iowa and basically all the corn states and now I read about how dry and the dust storms in Nebraska. We are 0% planted in NW Ohio because of Continuing rains, What do we believe?


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