Land and Ranch Blog

Although some farmers take a much-needed vacation during the winter season, others are busy preparing for the busiest time of the year. Between winter-proofing equipment, harvesting cool-weather crops, transferring crops to cold storage, and checking irrigation systems, there is a never-ending list of things to do on the farm during the colder months.

When Old Man Winter hits, farmers must take certain precautions during the cold season. From sporting the right cold weather gear in subzero temperatures to ensuring that crops and livestock are able to withstand the brutal cold, a little preparation can make all the difference to your safety, productivity, and crop yield.

Know When the First Frost Arrives

To keep plants thriving in the

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Barn Pros will ship barns across the country and their unique system allows you to have more control over your barn without the usual price tag for a custom design-build. Assisting and advising where they can, they are committed to delivering a smooth and successful construction process.

Beyond aesthetic inspiration, Barn Pros also recommend considering the following tips when planning a new barn, garage or storage structure on your property. Keep in mind that this information applies irrespective of who you eventually partner with to bring your new barn to life.

Understanding your land

Understanding your land is one of the first steps in your process of creating a beautiful structure. If you don’t own land just yet, this information is still

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In Texas, nothing attracts wildlife and birds to your property—and keeps them coming back—like water. And few property improvements are as likely to increase your land value as a pond, lake or stock tank. 

But before you get started building your pond, there are several things you need to know.

Raising Property Value

“Water structures like ponds and tanks are hot selling features,” says Mickey Nixon, Capital Farm Credit regional chief appraiser based in Lubbock. “Adding a water structure is a good way to enhance marketability and increase the value of livestock and recreational properties. That’s especially true in the Texas Hill Country and Central Texas.”

Barbara Golden, credit office president with Lone Star Ag Credit in Paris, sees

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Kickapoo Creek Ranch

Kickapoo Creek Ranch - +/- 100 Acres - Annona, Texas

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One of six ranch properties offered by Legacy Broker Group in Red River County, Texas, Kickapoo Creek Ranch is a unique tract of land offering about 100 deeded acres of hunting paradise. Located near Clarksville and Annona, Texas, and within easy access of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Kickapoo Creek Ranch is the ultimate property for the Texas outdoorsman. 

Hunting

Over eight hundred feet of Kickapoo Creek and over a mile of trails criss-cross the oak trees of the heavily wooded back of the property. New owners will find outstanding duck, hog, turkey, and whitetail hunting in

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Landowner liability is a real, but manageable threat for Texas landowners.

The Threat

The threat of liability exists anytime landowners open their property to anyone, including family and friends. 

Even though no one thinks it will happen to them, family members sue other family members and friends sue friends. The best strategy is to assume that everyone is a potential plaintiff and prepare accordingly.

Because land is a valuable asset generally protected by insurance, landowners can be a tempting target for plaintiffs’ attorneys.

There’s no way to predict what might happen if someone, regardless of relationship, is seriously injured or killed on landowners’ property. Landowners can find themselves facing huge potential damages if

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Small acreage landowners can still have a big impact for Texas wildlife. “As large ranches get smaller throughout Texas, the only way we can get anything done for wildlife on a landscape scale is to engage small acreage landowners alongside those with larger holdings,” said Tim Siegmund, Texas Parks and Wildlife Private Lands Program Leader who is based in College Station.

According to the American Farmland Trust, Texas is losing productive, open space land faster than any other state in the nation. Fragmentation, the breaking up of larger parcels into smaller ones, is occurring across the state, but is most evident along the I-35, I-45 and I-10 corridors.

“Based on our own surveys and work done by the TAMU Natural Resources Institute, the driving

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Cadillac Creek Ranch

Cadillac Creek Ranch - +/- 107 Acres - Annona, Texas

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Use your mouse (or finger on mobile devices) to get a birds eye view of this amazing property.

One of six ranch tracts offered by Legacy Broker Group in Red River County, Texas, Cadillac Creek Ranch offers 107 deeded acres of gently rolling pastures with the gorgeous Kickapoo Creek running through the property. Located within easy access of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, as well as Louisiana and Arkansas, Cadillac Creek Ranch provides the foundations for a gentleman’s ranch or land for your own working cattle ranch.

Cattle

With a unique and rolling terrain of native bermuda and bahia grasses growing in fertile soils

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Nothing is more peaceful than sleeping in the country. The day normally ends with a vivid sunset displaying a fusion of bright colors. Color combinations vary depending upon the geographical area and solid particle concentration in the air. Observed sunsets in East Texas have had alternating bands of grey and gold ending with a final strip of pink as darkness settles over the landscape. In West Texas, red sunsets commonly occur with an occasional yellow band, collectively resembling fire, followed by alternating strips of blues and greys and then darkness.

When darkness engulfs the countryside, an auditory gift arrives. Nocturnal insects, birds, amphibians and mammals come to life and unite in a chorus of individual notes while they forage for their

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Windbreaks are common across rural Texas, where the dense foliage surrounding homes and fields is the first line of defense against punishing winds and blowing dirt.

But there are practical applications in suburban and urban settings, too, according to John Begnaud, a retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist from San Angelo.

“Back during the Dust Bowl days in rural areas, windbreaks became a real big item because of the blowing dust and the wind, and we saw a lot of them. Then, they fell out of favor and weren’t really planted by the next generation of farmers and ranchers and homeowners, but now they’re becoming more popular again,” Begnaud said in an interview with the Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network. “Now, since it’s

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White Rock Ranch

White Rock Ranch - +/- 713 Acres - Clarksville, Texas

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Use your mouse (or finger on mobile devices) to get a birds eye view of this amazing property.

One of six ranch tracts offered by Legacy Broker Group in Red River County, Texas, White Rock Ranch is a beautiful and fertile Northeast Texas ranch property available near Clarksville, Texas, within easy access of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, as well as Louisana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Named for the nearby township and the striking limestone rock formations in the north of the property, White Rock Ranch holds 713 deeded acres of prime hunting grounds and picturesque pastures for cattle ranching.

Cattle

The sandy loams

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