Cropland Management Best Practices

Texas' wide array of land types, and the vast acreage available in this great state makes it a prime area for many different types of agricultural crops. There are many different aspects to consider when leasing or directly entering the cropland industry, and here you can find articles to help navigate the industry.

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Factors an appraiser uses to determine land value

Below are some of the most important factors a property appraiser considers when determining the value of a property. They can be applied to any land, whether a sprawling private island or a humble 1-acre lot. For land buyers, these factors can help you know whether a property is fairly priced, and to recognize the pros and cons of the land you are considering.

1. ACCESS

Land real estate experts will tell you access is a key factor in evaluating the marketability of a property, because - no matter how great the property is - its use is limited when it’s difficult to reach. When Ryan appraises a property, he asks a series of questions about access:

  • Can the property be accessed by a nearby
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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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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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Lots of people like to daydream about rural life, about turning a piece of raw land into a treasured homestead. But not everyone has what it takes to go from daydream to reality. If you’re here, educating yourself on septic systems, you’re probably pretty serious about doing the hard work it takes to become a self-reliant country-dweller.

Even though the majority of land owners have a contractor handle the details of installation (recommended), it helps to know more about the system when it comes time to maintain it. As a standalone unit, your septic system will be your responsibility, and keeping it in good working order ensures the health of your family, your community, and the natural resources surrounding your home.

This article will

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In case you haven’t noticed, farming is hot right now.

Open up any lifestyle or foodie magazine, and you’ll find at least one article profiling the latest farm-to-table artisan, sustainable farmer, or billionaire-entrepreneur turned organic agritourism enthusiast.

The next generation of families, college graduates, and MBAs are abandoning the once iconic corporate America/suburban lifestyle in favor of investing in land.

Specifically, land to farm.

Whether you desire a complete or semi-self-sufficient homestead, wish to improve your health and reduce stress by hobby farming, or plan to go all-out and start up your own farm, one big question remains: How do you get started?

Unless you have a background in farming, happened to study

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Do you dream of starting your own hobby farm or homestead?

Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at farming as your sole business or side business to help support your family.

If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to familiarize yourself with one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in farming: the multi-billion dollar business of sustainable agriculture.

With genetically modified crops banned in upwards of 26 countries, and the health and environmental consequences of pesticide-based farming becoming impossible to deny, more and more farmers are turning to progressive, holistic, and common-sense methods of sustainable farming.

But what makes a farm sustainable? And how does a person begin to learn the ins and outs and dos and don’ts

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Summer in the south comes with plenty of heavy afternoon thundershowers...accompanied by the looming threat of hurricane season. Which is why NOW is the time to address drainage problems before they turn into costly foundation, landscape, septic, barn, garden, etc. repairs.

Procrastination will not Eliminate Your Drainage Issues

No matter how hard we wish, procrastination will not eliminate problems with drainage.

The rains will come and the water will flow downhill, regardless of how much we wish otherwise. The wise choice is to take action to solve the problem now. 

Not next month, not next season, not next year, right now.

Catch Basin and Four Inch Pipe Installation

A four inch pipe was connected to the catch basin and

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The Numbers 

2020 is set to have the highest annual income for farms since 2013 when the market peaked at $139.1 billion. Following that year, the market crashed and this upcoming year is expected to have the first upturn in profit since. This year, it is projected that US farms will bring in a total of $96.7 billion, a 3.3% rise from last year. 

Though this gap between 2013 and now seems large, if this prediction is correct the net income would be $5.1 billion more than the average from 2000 to 2018. Steady growth in the farm industry is a very good thing at this point following 2014’s market decline.

Since Texas provides a massive proportion of United States agriculture, this is great news for Texas landowners who farm or for those who

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In the past century, cotton acreage in the United States has fluctuated immensely. From 46 million acres set aside for cotton in 1925, to only 10.8 million acres in the mid-eighties, the amount of cotton within the United States has definitely seen its ups and downs. 

As of 2019, there were approximately 14 million acres across the country dedicated to cotton, about 6 million of these acres within Texas alone. Now though, there is a fear that in the upcoming years cotton acres will begin to plummet.

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How big of a decline will that be?

Professor John Robinson, who teaches at Texas A&M University and specializes in cotton marketing, has predicted a decline of 2 or even 3 million acres within the next year. This would bring the size of the

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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

wooden fence on texas ranchWooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and

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