farmer

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 Read more about Four easy ways to improve the farmer/landowner relationship[…]

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 Read more about Are you involved in a landowner peer group?[…]

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 Read more about How does drainage tile work and will it improve your farmland?[…]

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 Read more about Some Landowners Are Seeking Value-Added not Commodities[…]

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 Read more about An Attorney-Do you need one if your own farmland?[…]

Management team

Why does the farmer renting your land need a management team?

Why should the farmer renting your land have a management team? Over this past year I have shared the importance of having a solid management team with farmers. So what or who is a management team, and why is this important to me? These are all good questions that deserve some explanation. As you look Read more about Why does the farmer renting your land need a management team?[…]

Farmland

Managing Risk will Improve Profitability of your Farm

Have you ever thought about managing risk on your farmland? Year in and year out, what is the most important thing every farmer can do on your farm? I know what you are thinking, pay your landlords, on-time. And in some cases I have heard that being an issue this past year. That is a Read more about Managing Risk will Improve Profitability of your Farm[…]

Rental Rates- A Few Tips To Renegotiate

Has renegotiating rental rates been on your mind? One item of concern that many growers are facing is how to negotiate land rental rates. This can be a very difficult discussion, especially coming off of several years of high commodity prices. But rent levels have not fallen at the same rate. I am here to Read more about Rental Rates- A Few Tips To Renegotiate[…]

Field Size and Shape does affect Farmland Rental Rates

What factors affect rental rates.. continued Well, it is week five and today I will be wrapping up a series of blog posts on the factors that can have an effect on rental rates. I know a few of you may be jumping up and down with joy and ready to move on to other Read more about Field Size and Shape does affect Farmland Rental Rates[…]

How Air and Water affects Farmland Rental Rates

What factors affect rental rates.. continued The past three weeks we have been talking about factors that affect rental rates. Up to this point, supply and demand, the value of the cash crop and the quality of the soil have proven to be players in this dilemma. Today we will talk about how air and Read more about How Air and Water affects Farmland Rental Rates[…]