How to develop a crop calendar

preplanting-planningUsing a crop calendar allows better planning of all farm activities and the cost of production.

A cropping calendar is a schedule of the rice growing season from the fallow period and land preparation, to crop establishment and maintenance, to harvest and storage.

 The crop calendar allows a farmer to:

  • plan for input purchase and use
  • develop cash flow budget for year
  • determine need credit and period requirement
  • determine labor requirements and plan for peak usage times
  • organize contractors for land preparation and harvesting