What Do Farmers Do in the Winter?

By Inigo | December 7, 2016

wintersceneDo you think farmers just stop working in the winter? Of course not. There is still a lot of work to be done, such as preparing for the winter and tending to land and irrigation systems but that is not all. Some farms actually stay open for business in the winter. Many farmers that sell crops during the spring, summer, and fall, will also become Christmas tree farms in the winter. Can’t believe it? Well here are just a few of the things farmers do during the winter.

  • Sell Christmas trees: Some farmers have land sectioned off specifically for growing Christmas trees. This allows them to make a profit all year round instead of just in the summer and fall when most crops are sold.
  • Clean Equipment: Equipment that is used repeatedly throughout the growing season needs to be cleaned and repaired. The offseason is the perfect time for this because you don’t have to worry about needing the equipment right away.
  • Research new ideas: Maybe they had a slow season. Maybe their process is just a little outdated. During the offseason, is the perfect time to research new systems and get them ready to be implemented in the upcoming season.
  • Buy new equipment: Winter is the best time to buy new equipment. You can easily retire old equipment and bring in new equipment without worrying about messing with your current schedule.
  • Cleaning up the land: Part of preparing for winter is ensuring that your land will be ready to go when the snow starts to melt. Cleaning everything up is a great way to do that.

As you can see, there really is no offseason for farmers. Although there is a lot more time for a vacation in the winter, there is still a lot of work to be done. If you are a looking into buying or renting new equipment, check out Southern California Material Handling (SCMH). They have great services and an amazing selection of material handling equipment.

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