Ev Thomas has worked as an agronomist in New York for 45 years, first with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, then with the William H Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y. including managing its 680-acre crop operation. He continues to work part-time for Miner Institute and is now an agronomist at Oak Point Agronomics. He has written our Forages column for 16 years and has been an expert contributor on a number of projects.
For farmers, the first signs of spring mean ultimately getting back on their fields to spread manure, fertilize grasses and plant crops. Following are some suggestions as farmers begin another year of crop production.