While farming is an activity for many, for the majority it is the survival and no factor is great enough to stop it. It is because the house still has to run, the people of the house still need to be fed and the entire process must go on.
This obviously means that the weather should not be affecting the agricultural activities at all, however, farming in winters can be quite harsh on the farmer. Winter farming has its own bunch of dangerous hazards with can affect the health as well as harm the body. However, it doesn’t at all mean that these hazards cannot be prevented with just a few basic precautions.
Tip # 1: Become an Onion
Before you freak out we don’t literally mean it. More like you should be dressed in layers like an onion has. Wear t-shirts under sweaters or sweatshirts, leg warmers under jeans and double up on the gloves and the socks. Though the layers depend on how cold the climate is, always remember to wear the bottom layer for the warmth and the last one for insulation from water and dampness in general.
Tip # 2: Work your Timings
In winters especially, it is very important to be conscious of the time you spend on your farm. The ideal farming time in winters is the time when the sun is up. So it is important to have an early rise and get going early so you’re done by the sun goes down. The night time is best to take a rest because in the field the dark can cause more cold and can also lead to accidents.
Tip # 3: Invest in Winter Friendly Work Gear
Make sure your work gear is not the same as what you were using in summer because winters have its own needs. Since there is a lot of moisture in the air and farming work greatly involves water; waterproof pants, jackets, gloves and insulated jackets are a must because if your clothes become wet, the cold atmosphere will affect your health directly.
Tip # 4: Keep the Over-efficiency Aside
While we understand how you must be an efficient farmer who likes to get their work done and dusted on time, we’d suggest you keep this attitude at bay in winters. This is because the winter season can be very unpredictable as it brings along unannounced rains and storms. So for this season, you need to mentally prepare yourself to shut down the work when mother nature calls for it.
Tip # 5: Fuel up and Hydrate
Though this is important all year round, but for farming in winters, one of the first and an essential step is to do the fueling right. While farming does take up a lot of your effort and the cold weather effects your body to it is important to gear up on that immune system and pack yourself on all the nutritious food. Also, hydration is important along with a thermos of a hot beverage to keep you warm on the fields.
If these tips are followed efficiently throughout the winter season, winter farming would not be as difficult as it is often perceived and as a result, agricultural activities in winters would not be hindered.