Stewardship

Land and Water Stewardship is Everyone’s Responsibility

Responsibility of  Stewardship Recently, protection of drinkable water has frequently made the mainstream media. The issues in the Chesapeake Bay, Minnesota, Des Moines, Lake Erie, and the Gulf of Mexico, have all been at least partially attributed to production agriculture. In some cases, regulation has been the necessary action. Put simply, all farmland is part Read more about Land and Water Stewardship is Everyone’s Responsibility[…]

famland

As a Landowner does the loss of farmland really impact me?

Farmland loss, is it really a big deal? The loss of farmland is happening at an alarming rate. In a recent Agweek article, it stated that the US lost 31 million acres of farmland from 1992-2012. This is an incredible number, approximately the size of the state of Iowa. But why does this have an Read more about As a Landowner does the loss of farmland really impact me?[…]

Basketball

Do we pick our farm renters like we pick our NCAA bracket?

What if landlords picked their farm tenants like they picked their NCAA basketball brackets? I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. Growing up in Indiana, I have shot many baskets on a rim in the barn and basketball was a big part of life. Even today I still get abused Read more about Do we pick our farm renters like we pick our NCAA bracket?[…]

Pros and Cons to Keeping Fence Rows Clean

How important is it to clear brush from the edges of your fields? I was talking to a farmer that I’ve worked closely with for many years and this week was the week they were out cleaning fence rows. And I couldn’t agree more that this was a perfect week, with the mild temperatures and Read more about Pros and Cons to Keeping Fence Rows Clean[…]

Soil Organic Matter

What can I do to build soil organic matter?

How can I build soil organic matter? Last week I shared with you the importance of soil organic matter and the many benefits it can give to your crop and soil. Organic matter is one of the hardest places to see improvements. The amount of time it takes to grow organic matter just half a Read more about What can I do to build soil organic matter?[…]

Why is Soil Organic Matter so Important?

What makes one field more productive than another? As you evaluate the productivity of your field, what characteristics make it more valuable than another? There are many things that contribute to a fields’ overall productivity, soil health, drainage, fertility, etc. But soil organic matter seems to be most common in highly productive fields. So what Read more about Why is Soil Organic Matter so Important?[…]

landowner

Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant

What questions do you ask when meeting with a new farm renter? Last week I shared with you a conversation I had with a landowner. I was intrigued by his question when he asked, “What is your farming philosophy?” After thinking more about this question, it has led me to what other questions every landowner Read more about Four Questions every Landowner should ask their Tenant[…]

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?[…]

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?[…]