What do farmers do in the winter? Farmers don’t take the winter off; they have plenty to do. Farmers use this time to fix and repair their equipment so they are ready for the spring. Some may haul crops from on-farm storage to processing plants where the crop is converted to other products or exported overseas.
In the winter farmers also catch up on bookkeeping and tax preparation. They make financial decisions as part of their farm management practices. They place seed and fertilizer orders for the spring.
Livestock farmers continue to tend to their animals making sure the animals get the best care along with food, water and shelter during the cold, winter months.
Farmers also spend the winter attending agricultural meetings where they learn about the latest technology and equipment plus listen to experts discuss agriculture’s outlook so they can plan ahead.
Winter is a good time to enjoy family activities, too. Most farms are run by families so finding time to have some fun is also important.
Did you know that 94% of farms in Illinois are operated by families? That’s right. Farming is really a family thing! Learn much more about local agriculture at DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s website now!
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