Pros and Cons to Keeping Fence Rows Clean

How important is it to clear brush from the edges of your fields? I was talking to a farmer that I’ve worked closely with for many years and this week was the week they were out cleaning fence rows. And I couldn’t agree more that this was a perfect week, with the mild temperatures and Read more about Pros and Cons to Keeping Fence Rows Clean[…]

Soil Organic Matter

What can I do to build soil organic matter?

How can I build soil organic matter? Last week I shared with you the importance of soil organic matter and the many benefits it can give to your crop and soil. Organic matter is one of the hardest places to see improvements. The amount of time it takes to grow organic matter just half a Read more about What can I do to build soil organic matter?[…]

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?[…]

landowner

Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant

What questions do you ask when meeting with a new farm renter? Last week I shared with you a conversation I had with a landowner. I was intrigued by his question when he asked, “What is your farming philosophy?” After thinking more about this question, it has led me to what other questions every landowner Read more about Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant[…]

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What’s is your farming philosophy?

What is your Farming Philosophy? “What is your farming philosophy?” In most circles this seems like an odd question. It is not one that will make the national news or be asked by host Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. It is a question I think most people don’t give any thought to ask, even Read more about What’s is your farming philosophy?[…]

Freeze and Thaw

How the Freeze and Thaw affects Soil Compaction

What does a freeze and thaw really do? As I look out the window at the outside landscape, I see snow falling. It is a reminder that here in the Midwest, we have seasons. Have you thought about if the freeze and thaw is beneficial to the soil in your fields? What is this actually Read more about How the Freeze and Thaw affects Soil Compaction[…]

Farmland for rent

How do you reduce your farm cash rent cost?

Is the relationship with the landlord just about the cash rent dollar? A simple reason for cash rent being higher than the local market value is due to farmers’ need to grow. This is often done at the expense of higher risk just to get their foot in the door. Although I don’t recommend this Read more about How do you reduce your farm cash rent cost?[…]

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High Cash Rent is Not the #1 Thing!

Why is high cash rent all you hear about? A trend I have heard about, is it takes high cash rent in order to farm available ground. This is something that gets talked about often at the restaurants and local coffee shops. But does it truly reflect the relationship between the farmer and the landowner? Read more about High Cash Rent is Not the #1 Thing![…]

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[…]

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[…]