I guess at year 7 one should give up the rookie card.
The story actually starts in March when I came in to get everything ready to plant. Sitting in the barn yard the hydraulics on the tractor froze. I could tell it was trouble and had to phone a guy I pay to be my friend and wears a green hat. They came down the next day and determined it to be a valve issue in the top of the SCV block. When they came back and went to replace it they tried cleaning it. It worked…
Someone reminded me I hadnt posted here in quite a while... If year 5 was the year of mental mistakes year 6 was the year of the learning curve
- The only equipment I own is a tractor and a planter. As I have a day job and farm by myself we are 100% no till. We have chosen to concentrate our investment on those two pieces of equipment. Some may remember we had two bad mental mistakes the previous year. We had a row not planting and not monitoring and we had bad singulation on…Continue
In theory the best guess of all the markets participants of what grain will be worth in the future comes out in the price. There are a lot of market participants spending 10's of millions of dollars trying to figure this out. As an individual farmer I have no chance at consistently beating the market and all its resources. If I could beat the market I should farm as a hobby and spend more time doing something I like….. more. Of course, in my case, my favorite thing to do is…Continue
The spring always start with such promise and now looking back we ended u with an incredible average year. Thats not all bad but our field operations were so poor and makes me wonder how sustainable our all no-till business model is. We ended up planting 450 acres and prevent planting 40.
In the end our corn average 178 bushels dried and delivered. We had 217 bushels on a high farm and 126 bushels on a low farm. That farm probably should have been replanted but with an off farm…Continue
Starting over in hay farming:
We started grain farming five years ago in Ohio and thanks to a lot of luck and concentrating skills we survived and grew the base.
This summer we made the decision to start farming our own 40 acres in MN instead of renting them out. A lot of non financial reasons to do this as collecting cash rent is a lot easier.
- My kids will each have to invest in an acre and will have to track the finances of that acre. I want to teach them about money and…