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[…]

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[…]

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[…]