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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Are you involved in a landowner peer group_

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[…]

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[…]