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[…]

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?[…]

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?[…]

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

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[…]

landowner

The landowner landscape is changing, but why?

Why is it harder to rent land today? As I talk to growers throughout the country, an overwhelming theme is this: what a difference it is today for their kids trying to find ground than it was when they started out. Why is this? Many of these younger growers are very educated. They have learned Read more about The landowner landscape is changing, but why?[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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?[…]