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Featured App of the Month

Track labour, plan crops or manage other tasks on the farm

Mental Snacktime – Satisfaction

  • “Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin
  • “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction.” – Brendon Burchard
  • “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” – Anne Frank
  • “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.” – Michel de Montaigne
Q and A

Q: What are the deciding factors that you use to drop or cut loose a product or crop?

A: If it doesn’t work for me. Or if the produce is not as good as the one beside
A: There are numerous reasons that could lead to discontinuing any given crop or portion of it, but at the top of the list is profits – will it sell? Is it dropping in popularity? Next is the degree of difficulty in growing it properly, is it being replaced by an improved variety? Or maybe it’s just not available anymore – e.g. Orange Petunias.
A: Grade
A: #1 Demand #2 input costs compared to return
A: I do my best to determine if it is profitable or not and then look at how much nuisance it is.
A: The deciding factor in any product change after cost, desire for change and customer input is my own persona feeling on the change. i.e. does it feel right?
A: If there is not enough product for customers to be satisfied (U Pick operation)
A: Labour availability and labour cost
A: If after having tried to build a demand for a certain product for several years, it is time to analyze good or no good. If it's no good, then just better cut.
A: Customer responses and feedback Plant performance, susceptibility to disease and pests

Next Month’s ? What are some of the critical tasks that you carry out in fall? Why do they have to be done in fall, rather than another time of year?
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This information published to the web on August 31, 2017.