It doesn't matter whether your farm is in the warm south or frigid north, you need to know how to protect it and your equipment from extreme weather. This type of weather includes everything from frost and ice to thunder or hail storms. The last thing you want to do is spend extra time repairing your farm or its equipment instead of working to produce goods for your customers.
Here are four ways to prepare your farm for extreme weather
1. Draw up an emergency plan
Draw up an emergency plan that details where your family and farm employees can gather in case of a storm. Also, make sure you have a plan in case some of your equipment is damaged. Can you rent equipment from nearby? Can you still run your farm while your equipment is being fixed?
2. Secure equipment
For those in the north, make sure your tractor is well secured and prepped for winter. This means maintaining the tires to prevent flat spots, topping off the gas tank, replacing the air and fuel filters and protecting the battery. Winter weather can damage a tractor, which will make it less likely to run properly in the spring.
For those in the south, you could face damaging thunder or hail storms. Before each storm, move your equipment into a building to protect it from the conditions. If flooding is a concern, secure all equipment and make sure items like propane tanks are tied down.
3. Have an offsite storage location
Do you remember the saying, "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket?" This holds true for your farm equipment. Keeping all of your equipment on one site is risky business, especially if you're in an area of the country prone to major storms (e.g., blizzards or tornados). Store equipment you normally don't use off-site to keep it protected in case of emergencies
4. Keep an inventory
You should always know how much feed and grain you have, and you should keep an active, updated inventory of livestock, equipment and other farm assets. During vicious storms, some of the worst things imaginable happen. Events such as down fences or freed livestock can wreak havoc on a farm, especially after a major storm.
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