The relationship developed between a landowner and the farmer operating their ground is an important one that needs to be based on clear expectations and good communication. This article reviews some of the more important issues to cover in a landowner-farmer discussion on renting land.

What will be planted and how: All farm operations have their own unique cropping system. It includes the crops grown, the sequencing of these crops and how the land is prepared for planting. Does the landowner only prefer hay to be planted? Is no-till planting acceptable? Is deer pressure too high for corn? Discuss the crops grown, how they will be planted, when they will be planted and harvested.

Brian Sneeringer is the agricultural conservation technician for the Adams County Conservation District.

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