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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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

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[…]

Relationship

Four easy ways to improve the farmer/landowner relationship

Business relationships are hard How do you improve the relationship with a new farmer and/or an existing one who has rented your land for many years? Relationships are hard work and it can be even harder when the time you spend together is limited. This is the case for many landowners who are renting their[…]

Are you involved in a landowner peer group?

Why do landowners need a peer group to become better land managers? We all have been involved with a community for most of our lives. For many of us, this a family who loves and cares for us. For others community is a group of friends or people who by chance you have spent time[…]

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[…]