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Read this before you sign that pipeline easement lease

Friday, April 26, 2013

Does anyone really understand the convoluted legal language in pipeline lease agreements? You’d better try. Here’s what landowners should include to protect themselves.

How often should you test forages?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Phone caller: “You tell us to regularly test our forages, but how often should we do that?” Expert: “Um…” Now, there’s an answer.

Field crop enterprise budgets will keep you in line

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm. Crops or livestock? Corn, soybeans, wheat, hay? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that include all revenue and costs. Without some form of budgeting and some […]

Unlike cattle, sometimes we need to move out of comfort zone to grow

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It caught me by surprise. As I was glancing at all the Facebook chatter, links, updates, and social news, I saw a caption. It was a link to an article titled “How Dairy Cattle Judging Made me Rich!” Nothing could have captured my attention any quicker than this tidbit linked to the “Bullvine” page. Immediately […]

‘What’s a fair price to pay to rent farmland in eastern Ohio?’ Well, it depends…

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Just because one farmer offers to pay more per acre doesn’t necessarily mean they will care for the land like someone who offers less per acre.

Squeezing the energy out of your grain!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Some things were tolerable with $2 corn that are out of the question now that we deal with $7 corn. Undigested grain in the manure is one of them. Seeds Corn kernels were not designed to be eaten; they are seeds, and what surrounds the dormant embryo — the endosperm — is there to support […]

Heifers: Keep the best and sell the rest

Thursday, February 21, 2013

We all know that a heifer is a female bovine animal that has not yet had a calf, well at least those of us that work in the dairy industry know that. But then we use the term of “first lactation heifer,” which is not a “heifer “ but a young cow in her first […]

Flexible cash farm leases: Do or do not? (Or give them a try?)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

When it comes to cash lease rates, the local diner does not qualify as a reliable information clearinghouse.

Oh, the challenges of dairy farming in the winter (ever see manure boil?)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dairy farming is never easy, but even the simple tasks get more complicated in the frigid weather of winter.

OSU to offer two-hour webinars to discuss 2013 farm tax issues

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello Northeast Ohio! I cannot believe that January has come to a close already. 2013 has already been an interesting year due to the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in early January. This fiscal cliff legislation includes a nine-month partial farm bill extension. Congress will now have until Oct. 1 to […]

Winter can be a productive time

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It happens every time. The ice cream is setting before me, and in my anticipation for the first bite of this creamy confection, I rush the process and the result is a “brain freeze.” It is easy to prevent if I would just eat more slowly. Supposedly the cold stimulates a nerve in the roof […]

What does it take to lead on your farm?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I recently saw an article by Stan Moore from Michigan State University Extension that addressed the topic of leadership on farms. This is a topic many farm managers struggle with, but is one of the critical functions that all farm managers must perform well. Below is the article Moore wrote for the Michigan State University […]

Crop input outlook for 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Crop profitability prospects for 2013 are positive for the three major row crops in Ohio. Input costs have increased from last year, but high crop futures prices for 2013 crops will allow producers to plan for positive margins next year. OSU Extension enterprise budget projections show positive returns for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2013. […]

Preparing the farm for a New Year

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Well, we’ve made it through yet another year. The Christmas presents have been opened, you’ve probably eaten more than you should have (I know I did), time has been spent with family and friends (a few of you may think some guests stayed too long), and those faithful cows were waiting for you each day. […]

Dairy farmers need analysis of this year’s business to plan for next year

Friday, December 21, 2012

“The cows are carrying the crops.” A familiar statement that described most diversified crop/dairy farms for the past 15 years. Milk was the original farm-level “value added” product. You add value to your crops by putting them through dairy cows and selling milk. In an about face caused by a wide variety of factors, for […]

Some farm tax tips as 2012 ends

Monday, December 17, 2012

During the past six weeks, I have been on the road helping to teach the OSU income tax schools. These workshops help teach tax professionals about the latest changes to the IRS tax codes. I had the opportunity to teach the agriculture portion of these schools and today I would like to share some of […]

Dairy farmers, tell your story

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We have a story to tell in our role as dairy farmers. There are countless opportunities to share it with others. It may not always be the setting we like or feel comfortable with, but our lives have dimensions that exceed those who work in the concrete jungles of a city, far removed from farm […]

Oil or gas lease or royalty payments? The taxman cometh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Making management decisions to minimize taxes is wise; evading tax is not. Landowners who have signed gas and oil leases, or are getting royalties, need to give some thought to tax management on the payments received.

Now is the time to sell excess heifers

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The adage “keep the best and sell the rest” is always an important principal in managing a dairy farm, but with the high costs of feed and other inputs, following this principle is a must. The act of “culling” animals from the herd usually has a negative connotation because all too often this activity is […]

Farmland value and rent outlook 2013

Thursday, November 8, 2012

COLUMBUS — Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2012. Data from the Oho Ag Statistics Service shows an increase of 13.6 percent for bare cropland in Ohio for 2012. According to their data, bare cropland averages $5000/acre, up from $4400/acre the previous year. An OSU Extension survey conducted in December 2011 estimated that […]

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