Lease agreements

Types of farmland rental lease agreements

What type of farmland rental agreements are right for you? Depending on the region of the United States you live, in some types of rental agreements are more common than others. If you are renting land as a major part of doing business, understanding types of lease agreements can be very important. In some areas,[…]

land

Identifying unproductive land for wildlife habitat

Economics of wildlife habitat The idea of making more money by doing less is one that is unfamiliar to most farmers. However, sometimes this becomes the case after landowners have critically looked at their land and the true profit from each acre farmed. In most fields between 3% and 15% of acres are unprofitable. These[…]

Farm House

Getting your Farm House in order before retirement

As a farmer what does retirement look like for you? Working with experienced farmers is nothing new. As you look at the average age of a farmer, it is very common to work with many producers who are nearing retirement age. Many farmers today don’t have the next generation coming behind them, ready to take[…]

wildlife habitat landowners

What types of wildlife habitat should landowners consider?

What types of wildlife habitat should landowners consider?  You’ve decided you want to improve wildlife habitat on your land, and you’ve figured out that you can get financial assistance through the US Farm Bill to do it.  The next decision you need to make is what type of habitat you want and where to put[…]

wildlife habitat

Ways to help landowners plan and pay for wildlife habitat?

How can a landowner sift through all the details of planning a wildlife habitat? The world of government programs is vast, and it can appear overwhelming.  It’s no different when it comes to programs set up specifically for wildlife habitat.  As an introductory example, you’re about to wade through what we in the business fondly[…]

wildlife

Why should a landowner consider putting in wildlife habitat?

Why should a landowner consider putting in wildlife habitat? Wildlife habitat is a very broad term.  Strictly speaking, many acres on Indiana farms are habitat for some sort of wildlife.  The sad truth, though, is that most of that “habitat” benefits unwanted or less than desirable species (think house sparrow, European starling, rock dove, Japanese[…]

Soil Test

How can a Soil Test Reflect the “Right Chemistry?”

How Can Soil Tests Reflect the “Right Chemistry” to Improve the Productivity of a Farm?   Soil Productivity is largely affected by its physical properties, its biological properties and its chemical properties.   A soil test mostly evaluates the chemical properties of a soil however, chemical properties do affect both the physical properties and the biological[…]

Drainage Tile

How does drainage tile work and will it improve your farmland?

Would your farmland benefit from drainage tile? It seems like the spring and summer of 2017 will be remembered as one of the wettest in history. In much of the corn belt evidence of drown out spots and waterlogged soils blanket the countryside. Managing the air and water in the soil is a major economic[…]

Value-added Landowners

Some Landowners Are Seeking Value-Added not Commodities

What are landowners looking for? Landowners come in many shapes and sizes, figuratively speaking. As you look at the diversity of this group, they cannot be lumped into one or even two categories. Their demographics are many and their thoughts of how their land should be utilized is also diverse. I spoke to a landowner[…]

Do you need an attorney_ Cecelia and Kyle

An Attorney-Do you need one if your own farmland?

How do you protect you and your farmland? What about an attorney? It has been a good couple of weeks exploring the valuable people who every landowner should surround themselves with. A high quality loan officer and someone experienced in secession planning are two of those people. Today we will discuss how a trusted attorney[…]