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 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?[…]

Lease agreements

Types of farmland rental lease agreements

What type of farmland rental agreements are right for you? Depending on the region of the United States you live, in some types of rental agreements are more common than others. If you are renting land as a major part of doing business, understanding types of lease agreements can be very important. In some areas, Read more about Types of farmland rental lease agreements[…]

wildlife habitat landowners

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?[…]

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

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 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?[…]

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?[…]