Sometimes you do all the right things and conform to every conventional wisdom and have nothing special to show for it. You study, hire the best minds with whom to consult, buy the very best seed, with the very best pesticides and chemicals, plant at the right time with the right spacing, diligently fight off weeds and gophers, irrigate religiously and harvest a modest or even weak crop.
So you pick up your chin, take your best efforts to market and salvage what you can for this year with the optimism and conviction that next year things will be better. Next year, nature will cooperate.
After all, you can’t control the weather anyway and Mother Nature is fickle and there is always next year when things are due to conspire to produce a bumper crop with record commodity prices.
As a lifelong Cub fan, believe me I know all about belief and optimism and “wait till next year”. Sometimes though, you have to take matters into your own hands and make your own luck.
Sometimes down is up and up is down like the line in the song by the Kinks, “It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world” except not for your own life and livelihood.
Instead of “up periscope,” what if you flipped that to “down periscope”? What if the key to the best yield possible was to look down, deep down into the soil for the key to superior yield?
With thousands of fields now under AquaSpy data service management, we have found a direct correlation to yield by looking at what the roots experience while they forage deep within the soil for nourishment to take up water and nutrients to produce outstanding yield.
The active root zone is of course the plants’ way of reaching out to its’ environment to absorb vital and life nurturing nutrients during its’ short and finite lifespan.
It’s not such a mixed up jumbled up world if down is actually up because if the plant reaches down to absorb nutrients and if those nutrients are actually there when the roots seeks them, the plants grows faster and stronger and bigger. Yield then is up, so maybe sometimes down actually is up.
That of course translates ultimately to yield at harvest time and that’s the name of the game; not “wait till next year”.
Try it and see for yourself.
If you invest tens of thousands of dollars in seed and chemicals and equipment and land, you are serious about your craft and deserve a serious return on that investment. Why would you then leave it to chance that those inputs all just happen to be at the right place at the right depth and at the right time to actually make their way back into the plant?
Maybe Alice had it right in Wonderland after all, there’s a Mad Hatter down there who is in a hurry and he isn’t going to wait until next year.