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As a Landowner does the loss of farmland really impact me?

Farmland loss, is it really a big deal? The loss of farmland is happening at an alarming rate. In a recent Agweek article, it stated that the US lost 31 million acres of farmland from 1992-2012. This is an incredible number, approximately the size of the state of Iowa. But why does this have an Read more about As a Landowner does the loss of farmland really impact me?[…]

Soil Organic Matter

What can I do to build soil organic matter?

How can I build soil organic matter? Last week I shared with you the importance of soil organic matter and the many benefits it can give to your crop and soil. Organic matter is one of the hardest places to see improvements. The amount of time it takes to grow organic matter just half a Read more about What can I do to build soil organic matter?[…]

landowner

Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant

What questions do you ask when meeting with a new farm renter? Last week I shared with you a conversation I had with a landowner. I was intrigued by his question when he asked, “What is your farming philosophy?” After thinking more about this question, it has led me to what other questions every landowner Read more about Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant[…]

farming philosophy

What’s is your farming philosophy?

What is your Farming Philosophy? “What is your farming philosophy?” In most circles this seems like an odd question. It is not one that will make the national news or be asked by host Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. It is a question I think most people don’t give any thought to ask, even Read more about What’s is your farming philosophy?[…]

Farmland for rent

How do you reduce your farm cash rent cost?

Is the relationship with the landlord just about the cash rent dollar? A simple reason for cash rent being higher than the local market value is due to farmers’ need to grow. This is often done at the expense of higher risk just to get their foot in the door. Although I don’t recommend this Read more about How do you reduce your farm cash rent cost?[…]

farm lease hay

Hay crops: same farm lease or different?

Why plant a hay crop on your farm? Every piece of farmland can have a specific use; some of these uses may be to grow perennial crops. In many cases, it is because the terrain is such that will prevent it from being used for a more typical annual cash crop in the area. In Read more about Hay crops: same farm lease or different?[…]

Farm Growth

Land Transfers and how it will affect Farm Growth

How will land transfers affect your farm growth? Have you thought about buying land recently? What does the near future look like for this ambitious but important goal? According to the USDA Economic Research Service, of the 911 million acres in the lower 48 states. Along with that, 31% of the land today is owned Read more about Land Transfers and how it will affect Farm Growth[…]

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Soil Stewardship-The foundation of every farmland lease

The lease starts with soil quality. When it comes to farmland rental agreements, there are many things to consider. The soil is a common topic of conversation and something that every farmer and landowner discuss in their negotiations. Normally the discussion is centered around maintaining a certain nutrient level of P and K, establishing a Read more about Soil Stewardship-The foundation of every farmland lease[…]

organic grain production

Opportunities in Transitioning to Organic Grain Production

What should I know about transitioning my ground to organic? According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the U.S. have grown from $3.6 billion in 1997 to over $39 billion in 2014.  Domestic supply of organic grains is not keeping up with growing demand from the organic dairy and poultry sectors, Read more about Opportunities in Transitioning to Organic Grain Production[…]

cover crop

I want to plant a cover crop, but what mix should I use on this field?

How do select the right cover crop mix? Over the last few weeks I have shared with you the benefits of cover crops and the importance of good planning. Now that you have decided that a cover crops may be an important tool to help your farmland, the next step will be to determine what Read more about I want to plant a cover crop, but what mix should I use on this field?[…]