While the details are fresh in your mind, it’s a good time to extract the lessons of last season before moving forward. Here are three questions that might unlock some important but overlooked lessons from 2014.
What worked and what didn’t? An obvious question, but one that sometimes isn’t given the attention to detail it deserves. For instance, if you made herbicide passes a few km per hour faster (or slower) this year, did it affect product performance and is it a practice that you might extend next year? Little observations can lead to big improvements.
What’s important to you? Think beyond agronomics. Include the things that made your life better or worse this year. Were you frustrated enough by jugs that you’re looking for a bulk option next year? Is the improved establishment you get with an early post-emergent herbicide spray enough to sway you from your regular practice of later applications? Your preferences matter.
Why? It happens. Those weird situations that don’t make sense. Why did the field that looked so bad in May deliver such great yields at harvest? Why did your crop, which you treated the same way your neighbour treated his, outperform his by four bushels? Answering “why?” can reveal new ways to do things better.