When I tell people about my job the first response usually is: "What do you do all winter?" My response is that it's the time to prepare for the following year.
Crop plans help to give focus in-season. There's not a lot of time to think. It's the time to do.
Winter is the time to learn new things. This brings new ideas to the crop plans and it also builds up knowledge to apply when something new comes up in season. It also makes me aware of the new ideas in the industry.
For me, its also the time to teach. I talk to Grade 4 students about agriculture to tie it into what they are learning in school. I speak to high students to show a bit of what an agronomist does and encourage them into agronomy. New this year I'm expanding to being a guest speaker at a soil fertility class at Lethbridge College and I'm also speaking to potato producers at the Potato Pest Management Workshop.
Finally, winter is about relaxation. I've taken some time off to enjoy time with my family and get out to Calgary for some live music. I was among the oldest at a K.Flay concert but that didn't stop me from pushing to the front to get as close as possible!