Posted  6 Feb, 2020 
In: Articles

Originally published in the February 3, 2020 edition of Agri-News

Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre, has published a ‘to do’ list for the month of February.

  • Plan to attend winter workshops or courses. Think about visiting another operation this summer or attending some field days or workshops.
  • Register for Alberta Farm Fresh School. Connect with fellow producers, get answers and ideas and share your own thoughts with others.
  • Plan the layout of fields to be planted this spring.
  • Check, clean and maintain equipment:
    • irrigation connections, nozzles, filters, pump injectors
    • sprayer nozzles, pumps, filters, lines, etc.
    • planters, seeders, etc.
    • harvesters and tractors
  • Check and update signage if needed.
  • Finalize plans and dates for advertising during season.
  • Plan for planting equipment and labour.
  • Prune saskatoon berries when doable.
  • Prune or mow primocane raspberry plants to the ground when doable.
  • Continue to monitor strawberry plant winter survival. Order extra if necessary.
  • Ensure memberships in organizations are up to date, as well as inclusion in websites, guides, etc.
  • Review production record notebook:
    • fertilizer response
    • pesticide response/efficacy
    • application dates
    • pesticide applicator licence update
  • Hold a roundtable discussion with everyone involved in your operation:
    • Review errors – irrigation, fertilizer, pest management, staffing.
    • Collect ideas for improvement – diversification, streamlining processes, new and interesting ways to reach customers, etc. Pick a couple of those suggestions to try out, and task the person who made the suggestion to bring it to life.
  • Inventory:
    • Pesticide and fertilizer – look at what you have, their expiration dates, whether they have proper labels and if they are stored correctly.
    • Containers – picking boxes, containers, pails, bags, etc.
  • Complete order of fertilizer, pesticides, picking and packing containers, etc.

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