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December 15, 2015 08:18 AM

What farmers say they wish they would have done in 2015

Hindsight is always 20/20. What would farmers have done differently in 2015 knowing what they know now? Farm Journal Media posed this question to 785 farmers as part of a 2015 harvest study. Here’s what farmers say they most wish they would have done in 2015:


The survey also asked farmers about their grain storage intentions, with more than half of respondents saying they would store more than 50% of their 2015 crop on the farm.

“Storage is a good long-term investment, even if next year’s yields don’t match 2015,” says Chad Lee, Extension agronomist, University of Kentucky.

Some of the other items on this “hindsight wish list” would be wise to consider—especially the increased adoption of cover crops, he adds.

“Capturing excess nutrients and reducing erosion are hard to pencil in on a budget sheet, but cover crops are a long-term investment that should help improve or at least maintain soil quality,” Lee says.

While end-of-season observations can be useful, real improvements will require diligence, says Bob Nielson, Purdue University agronomy professor. “Farmers should critically evaluate their operation throughout the year to identify weaknesses or limitations and strive to correct them,” he says. 

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