Farm Growth

Land Transfers and how it will affect Farm Growth

How will land transfers affect your farm growth? Have you thought about buying land recently? What does the near future look like for this ambitious but important goal? According to the USDA Economic Research Service, of the 911 million acres in the lower 48 states. Along with that, 31% of the land today is owned[…]

farmland

Soil Stewardship-The foundation of every farmland lease

The lease starts with soil quality. When it comes to farmland rental agreements, there are many things to consider. The soil is a common topic of conversation and something that every farmer and landowner discuss in their negotiations. Normally the discussion is centered around maintaining a certain nutrient level of P and K, establishing a[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

field

What are the benefits of cover crops on your field?

What is that green stuff growing in the field when everything else is brown? If you live in rural America around mid-September, you may be wondering why there is activity during the time of the year when harvest is about to begin. You’re probably wondering what can be done to the crop to improve the[…]

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,[…]

land

Identifying unproductive land for wildlife habitat

Economics of wildlife habitat The idea of making more money by doing less is one that is unfamiliar to most farmers. However, sometimes this becomes the case after landowners have critically looked at their land and the true profit from each acre farmed. In most fields between 3% and 15% of acres are unprofitable. These[…]

Farm House

Getting your Farm House in order before retirement

As a farmer what does retirement look like for you? Working with experienced farmers is nothing new. As you look at the average age of a farmer, it is very common to work with many producers who are nearing retirement age. Many farmers today don’t have the next generation coming behind them, ready to take[…]

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[…]