Plantation Management: Why is Plantation Software Necessary for Large Farm Enterprises?
Find out how you can maximize your productivity using a plantation management solution and what features it should have to improve your overall operations. Many large farms are using plantation...Read More
How do you know what your farm is worth?
Every farmland owner should know what their farm is worth – even if they are neither selling now nor plan to sell in the near future. It’s simply valuable information that is very useful...Read More
This is what farmers and landowners must know about soil quality
Every farmer and landowner wants to get the most production out of their farm operations. But to accomplish this, land quality and soil quality must be preserved. Without a high level of soil...Read More
Swart added to Cotton-Grave team
New faces to help lead established farm management agency into the future. In 1960, Ben Abben, the namesake of Abben Cancer Center, started Ben Abben Farm Management, creating a farm management,...Read More
Here's what to look for when searching for a successful tenant farmer
There are too many factors to count that can work for or against a farm in any given year. So many, in fact, that it is nice to know what can actually be counted on to be consistent – or at...Read More
You've inherited farmland. What's next?
Meta description: There are many factors to consider after you have inherited farmland, including land value, income location, taxes and what to do next. Inheriting a farm can be a welcome...Read More
What farmers and investors need to know about soil productivity
Soil. When you get down to it, it’s the basic essential of every farming operation. Without healthy soil, your farm is going to struggle to produce at a level you need to reach your business...Read More
How did Iowa farmland values fared in 2020?
The price of land is something every farmer and landowner keeps an eye on. It makes up a large majority of assets in the farm sector in this country, and it is often seen as a key indicator of the...Read More
These are the characteristics of a good tenant farmer
A landowner who leases farmland needs good tenants. Some might claim that goes without saying, but it’s an important point that is worth driving home. In these relationships, the...Read More
7 tips for keeping up with farming technology
Farmers have more tools than ever to work with to ensure their land produces and their farming operations achieve success. New technology seems to be released every day that is specifically geared...Read More
110-plus years of serving farmers
Combined, John Cotton and Gary Grave have nearly 110 years of combined experience in the farm management industry and since 1982, the two men have worked side-by-side at Cotton-Grave serving regional...Read More
How farmers can plan for financial challenges
Farm income in the U.S. has been under a lot of pressure as of late. From the global pandemic, to ongoing trade issues, to natural disasters, farmers have had to weather plenty of challenges to their...Read More
What are prairie strips and how are they beneficial for farmers?
There’s a new soil and water quality strategy that’s steadily getting more and more attention recently: prairie strips. Prairies are nothing new to Iowa, but planting prairie strips has...Read More
Why conservation matters to farmers
The best farmers are conservationists. Think about it: To succeed in farming requires a commitment to protecting assets and investments. As far as farm operations are concerned, there is no asset...Read More
Are you prepared to buy farmland?
Buying farmland is a significant step for any producer or investor to take. It doesn’t matter whether you are a farmer or a land owner with tenant farmers, increasing the amount of land under...Read More
Your guide to fixed vs. flexible cash leases for farmland
Farmland lease agreements vary widely. To cover every single type and dive into all the details would take a good chunk of time. So, for this blog post, we will cover cash leases, both the fixed cash...Read More
How to set yourself up for success when searching for a tenant farmer
Finding a good tenant for your farmland should be a landowner’s highest priority if they are not going to farm the land themselves and still want the land to stay active and generate...Read More
Selling farmland: What you need to know
Farmers and farmland owners can opt to sell farmland for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons are retirement, seeking to cash in on land that was purchased as an investment and the...Read More
How much is your farm worth?
Even if you are not trying to sell your farm, knowing what it's worth is still valuable information every property owner should have. It's a needed number that can help with securing credit, estate...Read More
What you should know about farmland auctions
Land auctions are a very popular method of selling farmland. But for those who may not know much about the details of farming or owning land - such as heirs, new investors and new farmers - trying to...Read More
Why finding the farm management partner is key to handling risk
Farming is a risky business. There's no way around it. However, farmers and farmland owners don't have to manage the risk alone. There are many resources available that can provide strategies for...Read More
Here's when to consider buying farmland
Buying farmland is an investment that can pay off, but it is by no means a simple investment strategy. If done right, investing in farmland can lead to income through production, a potential offset...Read More
How to find a good tenant farmer
Farmland owners who don’t farm the land themselves need to know how to find a good tenant farmer if they want to see any sort of return on their investment. Nobody in the landlord-tenant...Read More
How tenant farmers and landlords can communicate better
As more farmland owners turn to lease agreements with tenants who will actually farm the land, certain sound investment practices are becoming even more imperative. Proper communication is one of...Read More
Here is what you need to know about buying farmland
Buying farmland is not a decision any farmer or investor should take lightly. It is a process that requires deep understanding of the factors that give farmland its value and determine whether it can...Read More
What you should know about risk management and farming
The farm business is a risky business. There is no way to escape this fact. However, there are ways to better manage those risks that can lead to more positive financial outcomes and set up farms...Read More
How sound financial management can guide farmers in a tough economy
When times are tough, farmers with a strong grasp on business and finance - or who have partners that do - will find ways to persevere and even find success. Those that don’t are headed toward...Read More