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An agronomist's planting season survival guide

April 17, 2023 7:00 a.m.

As the fields warm up across the U.S., planting will be top of mind for growers. Whether it’s your first planting season or another to add under your belt, here are four reminders for the busy season ahead.

Plan ahead- have a plan for all your customers.

Take the time to create an individualized plan with each of your customers. They will thank you! Make sure to review the plan early and often and keep track of important details that happen throughout the season. This will help your next growing season run smoothly. Remember to be agile and adaptable. Spring is extremely busy, and plans can change on a moment’s notice.

Have product ready to head to the farm.

As an agronomist, it’s important to have what the grower needs, when they need it. Whether that be starter fertilizer, seed or micronutrients, make sure you bring the products that are needed for planting. 

Get rest.

Prioritizing wellness and rest during this busy time may seem overwhelming, but it is important to take breaks here and there to keep performance high. Healthy adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation, so try to reach that most nights.

Slow down.

It’s important to prioritize safety over anything else. Safety can include the following:

  • Safety and equipment check: Ensure all your lights and signals are working properly, check the quality and levels of fluids including oil and fuel inspect and replace parts as needed before planting season, check tire pressure and tread wear, and confirm lug nuts are tightened. Finally, make sure all equipment is clean from common issues like grease, oil debris and rodent nests.
  • Check and follow labels: It’s important to always read and follow the label’s instructions before applying or handling it, especially when it comes to potentially harmful products like herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, seed treatments and fertilizer.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): It’s important to ensure that the correct PPE is available, well-fitted and well-functioning. Make sure you are always protecting your skin, eyes and lungs with proper PPE which can include long sleeves, gloves, masks and eyewearBe willing to ask questions & learn.Asking for help is a great way to ensure you and your customers’ planting seasons run smoothly. We all started at the beginning, so lean on the people around you. Have important contacts saved and don’t be afraid to reach out.


Communication is key.


Keep in touch with your customers. Challenges and questions from them will come up. Additionally, don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know you are there if they need you.


With this guide, you and your customers will be ready to kick off your planting season with a bang.

For more information or support for the upcoming growing season, contact your CHS agronomy representative or visit