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

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 Read more about How can a Soil Test Reflect the “Right Chemistry?”[…]

Soil Testing

What Every Landowner Should Know About Soil Testing

Why should every landowner have some knowledge of soil testing? Soil Testing is often misunderstood by both crop producers and landowners.  I will attempt to clarify some things about soil tests.  I would like readers to understand that soil tests have their limitations, however, they are still one of our most valuable tools in assessing Read more about What Every Landowner Should Know About Soil Testing[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

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?[…]

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 Read more about Secession Planning-A Landowners Friend[…]

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?[…]

Land Management

It’s Love of the Land, not Land Management

The key to land management, love of the land. One of the most celebrated, most talked about, and most anticipated events just happened this weekend. It was the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. In two minute and three seconds Always Dreaming crossed the finish line, leaving behind a number of other really fast horses. Read more about It’s Love of the Land, not Land Management[…]

farmer

Personality-Yours and how you Interact with Others

What’s you personality profile? Last week I introduced the topic of knowing your personality profile and how important this is in building and maintaining relationships. Today I want to give you a few personal scenarios from my experience than many of you could relate to. I first want to share a little about my personality Read more about Personality-Yours and how you Interact with Others[…]