Growing a crop requires a lot of attention. One job we have on the farm is to scout/walk the field on a regular basis. Walking a field gives us insight into how the crop is progressing and any possible problems that may be developing.
Walking a field is often done on a weekly basis, but can occur more often if a problem, like insect damage, is noticed. There are a few different things we do when we walk through a crop:
- Check the health of the plants
- Scout for weeds and insects, and examine the plants for developing disease
- Disturb the soil with a boot to see how much moisture is available
- Decide how the crop is maturing and if a particular field operation is required
Dawn is one of the best times to walk in a field. The temperature is cool so insects will be more active and the light can help identify weeds from a distance. That being said, the other morning I walked into my crop and instantly I was soaked from the waist down; the plants were wet from dew. Nothing I can’t handle so I carried on. My next challenge was the mosquitoes. They were unruly and tried to suck me dry.
Despite the unfortunate moisture and insect problem I had encountered, there were still sights to see. A fawn was napping 100 feet away, birds were swooping by to eat bugs, and the crop of canola was blooming.
There are so many little treasures to experience on the farm. It is a lifestyle and job that I love.
Be Well…Simon Ellis
Simon Ellis is a proud farmer, seedgrower and husband. He grows crops in Wawanesa, Manitoba to help feed the world.
Deep farm roots, a passion for fitness, health and getting in the kitchen.