Find out what keeps farmers busy during the Fall farming season
September 22 marks the first day of Fall, a season known for its changing leaves, shorter days, and cooler nights. However, for many farmers, Fall signals the start of a busy time on the farm. From harvesting and preparing their operations for the cold months ahead to running popular Fall agritourism operations, a farmer’s work is never ending during the Fall farming season.
When preparing to harvest, farmers are keeping a watchful eye on the weather and enhancing crop protection in anticipation of the first frost. A Fall harvest can include anything from apples and cranberries to broccoli and butternut squash, and these crops will either be stored or sold. In order for crops harvested during the Fall farming season to be stored, they must be dry – that means farmers must work around Fall rain showers. In addition, many farmers use the Fall farming season to plant crops that will be ready for spring picking. For example, Fall-planted leafy greens like kale and collards are not only tough enough to survive the cold – and even snow – they typically taste all the better for it. Farmers also plant winter onions, garlic, peas, broad beans, root vegetables, and cabbage in the Fall.
Agritourism Industry In The Fall
Those with agritourism operations are busy during the Fall, often drawing visitors looking for pumpkin and apple picking, corn maze exploration, and hay rides. In fact, according to Forbes, autumn is one of the best times of year for the agritourism industry, and many farmers are further engaging guests by offering farm-to-fork dinners during the Fall farming season.
Regardless of the season, AgAmerica Lending is here to help you with the right financing for your operation. Contact us today to learn more about how our industry-unique 10-year line of credit could give you the necessary operating capital to get set up for success in any season.