farming philosophy

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?[…]

Farm

What do you need to create a long-term lease?

How does a solid plan impact a long-term lease on your farm? Do most growers have a long-term plan when it comes to the acres they own? Of course they do, because they have control of the future of that land. They may also a vision of what they want the land to look like Read more about What do you need to create a long-term lease?[…]

cash rent

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 hay

Hay crops: same farm lease or different?

Why plant a hay crop on your farm? Every piece of farmland can have a specific use; some of these uses may be to grow perennial crops. In many cases, it is because the terrain is such that will prevent it from being used for a more typical annual cash crop in the area. In Read more about Hay crops: same farm lease or different?[…]

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 Read more about Land Transfers and how it will affect Farm Growth[…]

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 Read more about Soil Stewardship-The foundation of every farmland lease[…]

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?[…]

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 Read more about Getting your Farm House in order before retirement[…]

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?[…]

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?[…]