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[…]

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[…]

Secession Planning

Secession Planning-A Landowners Friend

Why would a landowner need someone to help with secession planning? Last week, I shared with you the importance of every landowner having a loan officer and had a great conversation with Bob Fulling. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Brian Koch. Brian is an experienced financial advisor who helps families transition their farm[…]

lending agent

Your Lending Agent – A Valuable Management Team Member

A Valuable Lending Agent A few weeks ago I presented the idea that every landowner should have a team of advisors behind them. This management team should help with major and even minor decisions in owning and managing their farmland. I am excited today to introduce to you one of these experts who is in[…]

Farmland

Can I afford to buy farmland?

Can I Afford To Buy Farmland? Farmland values have benefited from the near record low interest rates over the past 10 years by decreasing the cost of money for investors. During that same time commodity prices (particularly corn and soybeans) have also benefited from the weak dollar because it has made our commodities a better[…]