“We would sure like to have a normal season,” says Jeff Moon. Moon is a Market Development Specialist with Corteva Agriscience and he admits that while he wants a normal planting season, it’s tough to pinpoint what “normal” truly is nowadays. One thing he knows, though, is that something not as challenging as 2019 would be more than ideal for farmers.
Moon says that Spring is a time when farmers are eager to head into the field after being cooped up all Winter. “Just getting out and getting into the tractor” provides a way from many in agriculture to get their minds off of things such as the COVID-19 crisis.
With the pandemic continuing to flip daily life upside down Moon says that Corteva is taking extra steps to ensure everyone’s safety as now is the busiest time of the year for Corteva reps to step foot on operations. “When that delivery person shows up…he may not spend as much time visiting with you,” Moon says. “Nobody is trying to snub anybody we are all just trying to stay healthy.”
When asked about how he expects farmers to handle the unusual circumstances surrounding 2020’s planting season, Moon says that farmers are optimistic by nature and they will continue to do the best they can by adapting to the situation. “I think farming in general is going to respond to this really well.”
Moon does warn producers that in a stressful environment, they need to be smart when it comes to field prep. “Don’t push yourself too hard or go do some things that you shouldn’t be doing,” Moon says. Not everything can get done in one day and it is important to take things one step at a time, he says.
Pam Jahnke recently visited with Moon and you can hear their full conversation by clicking the play button below: