As you ready for harvest, don’t forget cash flow and marketing, too

By Chuck Danehower, Delta Farm Press

Along with harvest planning, this is a critical time of the year for farmers to take a good look at their marketing and financial situation.

Generally this time of year, crops are either in preharvest condition for corn or in a layby state for cotton. Soybeans are usually somewhere in between, depending if they are early planted or late planted.

Granted there still are field operations going on such as soybean fungicide applications, cotton and soybean insect sprays, and maybe final weed control applications for all but the late planted crops. Of course those with irrigation systems will continue to make applications until maturity and depending on rainfall. This is also the time of year that farmers take time to attend educational field days and conferences that can assist them in planning for the future.