To be a smart farmer, you have to plan and work hard in the present. If you’re going to be able to do both efficiently, you’ll need to build a daily routine that allows you to manage your farm as you make changes to it. As part of the know-how of maintaining a farm, the maintenance of farm tools and equipment and the different preventive structures of the farmers can not be exempted. These six wise ideas for managing your farm can help you make the most of your efforts. Learn more about how to maintain a farm in the next paragraphs.
Here is a simple guide on how to maintain a farm
- Protect And Enrich Your Planting Areas
Plant a cover crop to keep your planting areas weed-free and ready for planting in the off-season.
Because they improve the soil while suppressing weed growth and discouraging pests, cover crops are frequently referred to as “green manure.” It will also assist to keep some plant diseases at bay if you grow a robust cover crop.
Alfalfa, soybeans, and clover are good examples of cover crops. To enhance the soil with nitrogen, all of these organisms work very hard. Soil enrichment occurs when they are tilled into the soil before planting your cash crop. They compost in the soil and enrich the soil further.
Ryegrass is another plant that is widely used for cover crops. Winter rye can be planted as a cover crop at any time up until the first winter frost. Before it lays seed, make sure to mow the grass to prevent it from coming back on its own.
Then, wait 14 to 21 days before planting your crop. The vegetation has an opportunity to begin composting throughout this process.
- Create And Follow A Machine Maintenance Schedule
Without being listed as one of the ways to maintain a farm, the machine maintenance schedule is on its own very important as long as the farm is needed to be sustained. Your farm equipment needs regular maintenance in addition to a well-planned crop planting program.
Your farm equipment should be thoroughly inspected before planting season begins.
… as well as moving parts in general, if you will. Any worn parts should be replaced immediately. Then you won’t have to stop and replace broken pieces.
As a result, if left untreated, unsecured fasteners damage threaded parts, brushes, and linkage assemblies.
Any damaged screws or clamps need to be replaced. Screws that are just loose should be tightened, as they should be by their very nature. Time and money are saved by following these simple measures.
The wheel bearings and tires should be inspected to make sure they are properly oiled and in good shape.
Then inspect your battery for corrosion and clean it off. Test the strength of the battery. The battery should be replaced if necessary.
Safety inspections are a great way to make sure everything is in working order.
Fire extinguishers should be installed on all your equipment.
Check the engine coolant and any other fluids, including the transmission fluid and transmission oil. As needed, top them off or change them.
TIP: If you’re storing your equipment in a storage building, take a good look at the floor. There are leaks when you observe puddles.
Throughout the harvest season, make sure to check oil, lubricants, and other fluids whenever you fill up your tank. As needed, top them up.
Be sure to check the hoses, filters, and belts at this time, and replace them as needed. Observe any exposed wiring that may need to be repaired or replaced, and take action if necessary. Depending on the size of your car, you may need a farm jack to check underneath.
Be sure to wash off all the trash and dirt that has accumulated on your equipment before storing it away at the end of the harvesting season. During the winter, this will help prevent rust from forming. Before storing, it’s a good idea to apply a coat of rust inhibitor.
Schedule a maintenance examination with your local implement dealer in addition to your own inspection. As expensive as it may initially appear, this service will save you tons of money in the long term.
- Mend Your Fences
This means that you’ll want to know where your property lines are and make sure that they’re well-fenced. Die Sicherheit and die Sicherung der Landwirtschaft sind ebenso wichtig wie die anderen Aspekte der Landwirtschaft, des Viehs und der Crops.
It’s best to mark off the entire land with a robust fence line if you can’t fence it all in right now.
If you have animals on your property, you should also fence them in to keep them from escaping, getting hurt, and bothering your neighbors.
If you have huge animals, don’t rely on electric fencing to keep them in. When used in conjunction with a large cattle fence, electric fencing is a good compliment, but it cannot be relied upon alone. When it comes to keeping chickens contained, electric fence mesh is a useful tool.
Inspect your fences every day for damage/failure, no matter what kind of fences they are. Prevent difficulties and losses by making repairs soon. When making rapid repairs, a portable stick welder may be a wise choice.
- Keep Your Houses In Order
Your home, barns, and other outbuildings should also be inspected and repaired frequently and promptly, just as you do your fences. Keep your driveways and streets clean.
As soon as you notice a problem, take care of it promptly. Your repairs will be kept to minimal and tiny damage won’t turn into significant damage.
It’s a good idea to cut down any trees that may tumble over in the wind. These are the best chainsaws for agricultural use that we’ve found.
Large, hefty rocks that you may wish to move out of the animals’ sight are easy to spot and easy to remove.
Nailing issues might also lead to cattle injuries. Vet bills and missed time are the results of this. It is possible to use a metal detector in locations where your animals are kept.
- Organize your daily routine.
Besides significant maintenance tasks, farm life entails a variety of mediums (cleaning farm ponds, dealing with excess wood problems, etc.) and small, daily duties that must be performed regularly to maintain the farm. A good sample of the types of duties you might expect to undertake regularly can be shown in this short video.
This is our daily homesteading routine.
This is especially true if you have a large family.
- Your objectives and goals should be reviewed and updated as needed.
Smart farmers have a farm plan in place when they decide to start farming. In a few months, next year, in a few years, and the next decade, this is the kind of plan you put together.
A farm plan is not a static document, but rather a living document. As with many other parts of life, circumstances change as time goes on. Your options today could be different from what they were at the beginning.
As often as once a month, you should review your farm plan and make any necessary revisions to ensure that you are still moving on the right path.
In our previous article on the simple steps to take care of a mini farm, some of the points highlighted can equally serve as a guide on how to maintain a farm.