farm lease

Adding Conservation to your Farm Lease

What about adding conservation to you farm lease? I have had several questions lately from landowners asking about including conservation leases. I first want to clarify that for the most part, a conservation lease is really no different than any other farm lease. All land rental lease and even crop share agreements have the same Read more about Adding Conservation to your Farm Lease[…]

landowners

Landowners Conversation Starts with Yield Mapping

What tools do landowners have to evaluate performance? How do you as a landowner evaluate and make decisions for your farmland? In the age of technology, there are many tools that a farmer can use to help manage their land. Many of these tools will help farmers become more efficient and reduce unneeded expenses. These Read more about Landowners Conversation Starts with Yield Mapping[…]

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?[…]

Cover crops

How do you create a plan for using cover crops on your farm?

How do I get started with cover crops? Last week I started the conversation about cover crops and the benefits this practice can have on your farm. Today I want to focus on how a landowner should get started. There is an abundance of information available today on cover crops compared to ten years ago Read more about How do you create a plan for using cover crops on your farm?[…]

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What are the benefits of cover crops on your field?

What is that green stuff growing in the field when everything else is brown? If you live in rural America around mid-September, you may be wondering why there is activity during the time of the year when harvest is about to begin. You’re probably wondering what can be done to the crop to improve the Read more about What are the benefits of cover crops on your field?[…]

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, Read more about Types of farmland rental lease agreements[…]

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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 Read more about Identifying unproductive land for wildlife habitat[…]