Category: Real Estate (Farm & Ranch Land)

Gardening Learning Curve

I remembered long ago in high school when I went to actually test my hand at gardening, all I needed to do was scrape the sod off of the area where I wanted a garden and plant, right? Never mind…

Sky Through February 10

February’s night sky features many of the sky’s brightest stars and clusters, while February mornings host brilliant Jupiter and Venus, the latter of which passes near several deep-sky wonders in the Milky Way. Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine…

Winter Sulking

The fall freeze was too early this year, for my taste, especially now that I have more time to spend in my garden.  But isn’t that always the way.  And I was hoping this cold spell was a fluke, I mean…

Growing Hemp the New Agricultural Hemp

Farmers will soon be growing hemp legally in Minnesota thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, but challenges remain on how the state will implement industrial hemp as an insurance crop. The state must submit a plan on how it will…

Beef Supplies in 2019

Beef supplies have grown to near-record levels, constant consumer demand has helped support cattle prices at levels few imagined 24 months ago. U.S. beef production will increase 2.8% to 3% for 2018, according to estimates. That means total supplies will…

Calving Book Apps

Calving season is a busy time for beef producers and it seems every year a calving book gets washed in the washing machine with valuable information never to be read again. So, an app for your phone might be a…

No More Zucchini

Zucchini is so easy to grow, and you take pride it over the limping tomatoes and insect ridden cucumbers. So, if you are like myself, you plant a lot of it! I think it will be another year of excess.…

Second look: Curb Appeal

Have you ever driven by a home that you had to take a second look? From the brick the house is made of, to the color of the front door, to the landscaping in front of the porch. It all…

Foreclosures and Short Sales

I had a phone about foreclosures and short sales in another town. They were wondering if these were bargains. Short sales and foreclosures are often not the deals they appear to be, especially for inexperienced buyers. In this market, even…

Farm Land Values

Land values trend down from 2013 through 2016, however it appears land values bottomed out in the first quarter of 2016 and have seen an upward trend through 2017according to USDA reports. One factor supporting land prices is a short…