How to Prepare For Spring Building During the Winter


Megan Wild 

The seasons are a fact of life, but winter in particular can be an inconvenience for many with construction plans. Farmers sometimes need to carry out preparatory building over the colder months to ensure structures remain stable. Sheds and warehouses must be capable of storing grains and crops for spring.

Although snowfall can bring its own complications, construction in the wintertime is also thwarted by frozen grounds and freezing winds. For farmers preparing to plant as soon as the warmer temperatures hit, time is critical for maximizing yield. However, the cost implications of winter construction prove to be a real threat to both revenue and a sustainable farm.

We’re going to take a further look below at the issues to be aware of with winter construction and how to mitigate them, ensuring you as a farmer or landowner execute a build of reasonable cost and effort.


Why Is It so Difficult to Build in the Winter?

Costs are passed on, and one of the costs of winter building is lower productivity of employees, which can drop by up to 50 percent. Hard frost reduces capability, motivation, efficiency and accuracy of the construction team, and it’s unsurprising given that frost can reach up to 5 feet underground.

1/15/2018 7:27:46 AM

Megan, construction all but ends here in Nebraska during those Winter months of frozen ground. The only digging going on is from the utility companies and that is just for emergency water and sewer line breaks. I suppose it just must be cheaper and easier to wait for Spring since the harsh part of the Winter only lasts about two months here. I'm already seeing geese flying North. I'm not sure what that means but I always hope it means Winter is almost over. Have a great Winter construction day. Nebraska Dave

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