A lot goes into each crop year--from the planning stages, through planting and eventually harvest--and the ideal time to start planning for your crop year is midsummer of the previous year. This gives you the time to lay the groundwork that you can build on and refine throughout the rest of the season. That time is now.
It might seem difficult to start thinking about next year when you've still got this year's crop in the ground, but you should always give each season's crop the best start possible. This begins with early planning, as it will help you make the best decisions as the crop matures along the way. Darren Frye helps put it into perspective in this week's Finance First post on Farmfutures.com.