Why is Soil Organic Matter so Important?

What makes one field more productive than another? As you evaluate the productivity of your field, what characteristics make it more valuable than another? There are many things that contribute to a fields’ overall productivity, soil health, drainage, fertility, etc. But soil organic matter seems to be most common in highly productive fields. So what Read more about Why is Soil Organic Matter so Important?[…]

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The landowner landscape is changing, but why?

Why is it harder to rent land today? As I talk to growers throughout the country, an overwhelming theme is this: what a difference it is today for their kids trying to find ground than it was when they started out. Why is this? Many of these younger growers are very educated. They have learned Read more about The landowner landscape is changing, but why?[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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 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 Read more about What types of wildlife habitat should landowners consider?[…]

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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 Read more about Ways to help landowners plan and pay for wildlife habitat?[…]

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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 Read more about Why should a landowner consider putting in wildlife habitat?[…]