Are you a regular user of insecticide?
This may seem like a strange thing to include in my list, and while all the other things in points 1 through 4 are more important, here’s why this enters in: potential insect pressure. If you use some insecticide on your farm each year, you are often able to keep insect numbers in check. However, if uncontrolled, insects will often lay eggs or overwinter on your farm, meaning you could have an explosion of harmful pests the following year. Regardless of whether or not you regularly use insecticide, we will always encourage you to scout your fields; but if you don’t typically spray a bug-killer, we would advise you to be very diligent in your scouting routine. Year after year, the worst yield losses we see from insects are predominantly on farms where insecticide is rarely used.