KayDee Gilkey Absentee Landowner Should Consider Farm Land Improvements
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: May 19, 2017

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Too often farmland absentee landowners, don’t invest and make improvement to their land that they rent out. If you compare your land to a rental property, have you considered making some improvements?

A Bird Dog blog shared that a recent survey shows that 27 percent of absentee landowners rely solely on their farm operator or farm manager to make conservation decisions. Bird Dog Co -Founder and CEO Dave Myers says that providing long-term maintenance is important to consider.

Myers: “If they knew there were just a few things they could do to change how the risk management that their farmer has on their farmland. Out here in the Mid-West, driving is always an issue so understanding that. Out West maybe it is irrigation is another issue we’re dealing with. If a landowner understood the risks that a farmer does take, working with the farmer at that point would definitely help to bring in long-term revenue for them; because the farmer will obviously get better yields by improving these areas.”

He adds that protecting land from soil erosion and ensuring that your land’s top soil remains in place, stays healthy and productive is important as well maintaining optimum nutrient levels in the soil.

If you consider that 9 out of 10 absentee landowners pass their land to their heirs, making improvements to your land is critical. Have you had a discussion with your farmer/renter about what opportunities there are to make some conservation improvements?

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