"A winning effort begins with preparation." -- Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl-winning football coach and championship NASCAR team owner
Let's start with two horror stories that illustrate how being ill-prepared can get planting off to a dismal start:
A Nebraska farmer a few years ago meticulously prepared his planter and related hardware to get a quick start on planting. He roared into the field feeling good about himself until -- 50 acres into the process -- he realized he had forgotten a key ingredient: seed. (This story came from an Extension source, and we assume it is not ...