When the temperature drops and agricultural workers wrap up their busy season in late fall, farmers are out of sight and out of the minds of many consumers. Contrary to popular belief, farmers don't take a long break or spend their winter "in a deep sleep".
Instead, they have up to several months to prepare for the important spring planting season. Now farmers in the northern hemisphere are getting themselves ready with XAG's new technologies and setting the stage for a bumper harvest next year.
Make Farm Equipment Purchases
A large number of XAG's agricultural drone orders are usually settled during winter. After a busy growing season, farmers will stock up in advance for next year's crop production based on their planning and prediction.
From agricultural materials such as seeds, fertilisers, and pesticides to precision farming machinery like autonomous drones and tractors, purchase weeks ahead means that farmers will be better prepared for spring planting and won't be disrupted by the shortage of supplies.
Storing and Selling Farm Products
To many farmers, although most field works including ploughing, planting, spraying, harvesting are suspended temporarily, there are other important activities about to take place during winter: marketing and crops delivering.
Transporting a variety of crops to granary for storage before spring or selling them to grain buyers allows their output throughout the year to be converted into a more satisfying income.
Field Patrol in Snow
Hidden behind the peaceful snow-covered farmland, animals that have not hibernated are rummaging around the field for food. Their activities might damage the land and facilities deployed in fields over the winter.
Also, it is important to clear up debris left on the fields by the removal of crop residues, preventing overwintering pests and plant diseases from spreading. Instead of standing in the cold, now farmers can patrol in winter with XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicles to discover such unusual activities and clean up debris in time.
Maintain and Keep Machinery in Great Shape
When harvest season has come to an end, some farming machines might have worn out to some extent, and farmers will need to maintain their equipment on an intensive scale.
Drones and robots require good care at the retreat to run properly and keep in good condition. That is the key for farmers to get the best possible value out of the machines and minimise breakdowns at the busiest time of the year.
Lay Down Annual Farming Plan
Winter is a good period for farmers to make key strategic decisions on what to grow and how much to invest. Looking back and studying the crop performance of the previous year, they can better set up production targets for the following year.
Today, with the help of XAG's high-precision remote sensing drones together with the Agriculture IoT system, a growing number of farmers can keep track of their field condition throughout the year and adjust their planting plans timely to avoid potential losses and yield reductions.