In my travels this week I have seen rows of corn emerging from recently planted fields and even a few fields of mowed hay. All indication of a warm spring which will lead to summer time temperatures and the risk of reduce animal performance due to heat stress.
In the past few years there has been a shift in the mindset of the consumer when it comes to food production. Science, it seems, is no longer an acceptable answer to the how and why of management practices. A number of retailers have taken advantage of this and have further influenced public opinion with advertising that is emotionally charged and less than 100% honest.
What do BioBarrels®, 48 row corn planters, GPS and net wrap have in common? They all allow one person to do much more than you could, 10 or 20 years ago.
Looking at how agriculture has progressed in the last generation, we have seen any number of innovations that allow you to do much more with your time. Much of this was necessary as today’s farmers and ranchers need to operate more acres or total animals than their parents and grandparents did, just to maintain a similar living.