Greetings from South/West Central Indiana.  Mid-October finds farmers working diligently to harvest their corn and soybeans after being slowed by a week-long wet and rainy period that delayed harvesting.  It did allow farmers to catch up on any needed machinery maintenance, grain drying and handling/hauling (and some rest), after making good progress the in late […]

 A Tipping Point? Everywhere I turn there is another article on farmland values stabilizing and the potential for the ag economy to improve. Reports from the major land grant universities, farm lenders and other land sources indicate that farmland remains in a stable pattern, with little change up or down over the past 12 months. […]

The adventure continues today at Fair Oaks Farms. Our Farm Management clients will hear presentations on a variety of topics during the morning sessions. Lunch will be prepared by the Farmhouse Restaurant. The afternoon is open to enjoy the great adventures that Fair Oaks Farms offers.  

Thank you goes out to The Nature Conservancy of Indiana for welcoming Halderman and our Farm Management clients for an evening of networking and bison viewing.  

Just before the 2017 harvest, some attention turns to next year’s budgets.  Preliminary thoughts and plans begin to take shape for next year’s crops.  Next year should we plant more acres in soybeans or in corn?  Do we keep the crop rotation as we have in the past?  Many producers are 50% in corn and […]

The Wabash & Miami Soil & Water Conservation Districts hosted Women4Land at the Hettmansperger Farm on August 29th.  Women4Land provides education and information to empower women to help make decisions on many aspects of land use and land management decisions.  All participants were encouraged to share their own experiences with farming and their goals for […]

Are you thinking of renegotiating your farm lease or selling your farm this year?  Indiana law mandates written termination three months before the end of an oral lease. Some states require a six month notice on oral leases. If you have a written lease, what does it say?  Now is the time to talk to […]

Selling your farm is a lot like designing your own home, calculating your own taxes, and preparing your own estate planning.  There are tools that can help you complete each of these, however these are also licensed professionals (architects, CPA’s and attorneys) who specialize in these services and likely will deliver a better product, more […]

As I wrote to my owners in July I had reflect on the fact that this is the ugliest crop I have ever seen in the Wabash/Miami counties area. We had a cold, wet spring, and then a series of 4″-5″ rains that flooded many fields in the area. Even well drained farms could not […]

Two weeks ago we auctioned a very nice farm, 700+ acres, in southern Wabash County, Indiana. Attendance at the auction was outstanding (200+) and there were a wide range of buyers from local farmers to institutional investors. In the end the farm sold to an investor from central Indiana and the sales price at $8,500/acre […]