Winter Farming Tips to See You Through the Chilly MonthsFarm Tender Jun 26, 2017
While winter can be a relief for many farmers, especially in Australia where drought is common, the colder weather can create a whole new set of problems for local farmers. Whether it is land and crop worries, damage to the property or the wellbeing of animals, there are many things to keep in mind to ensure your farm survives the winter. Here are some tips to help you get by.
Protect that crop from the elements
For those whose livelihood depends on what their crop produces, ensuring its safety all year round is a must. While your crops can deal with quite a beating and may last a long longer than you think in colder months, you’ll still want to do what you can to protect it and crop covers could be a great way to do this. There are a wide range of crop cover options to choose from with various thicknesses to suit your needs. Row covers can be placed directly over plants and covers should also be used over soil to protect its integrity.
Think about the water
Just like you are protecting your plants from frost, you also need to consider the effect the colder weather will have on other areas of your farm. For farmers with livestock, ensuring access to fresh water is a must and this can become difficult in areas where water can freeze over. There are a number of ways to prevent this from happening, from purchasing devices that do the work for you, to getting larger tanks, or placing it in a sheltered area.
Your livestock is your livelihood and ensuring their health and wellbeing becomes a little harder in the colder weather. One of the biggest things you will need to consider is providing dry shelter for your animals to go to when required. There are shacks that can be good all year round, providing shade in summer and shelter in winter, this will be great to block out some of the cold and prevent your livestock from getting wet.
Crazy weather can bring about fencing damage
If you are in an area where whether can be a little crazy, it is worth ensuring things like fencing are secured and undamaged on a regular basis. This is especially important for farmers with livestock as they can easily wander off and find themselves in trouble.
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