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    Wink Trip to the Government Office!

    My folks bought our farm in 1965, $89.50/acre. Not much, just a 190 acre brush farm, but it was theirs! Dad had the crop land laid out on terrace contours & we plowed up to the contour lines, eventually making terraces. I inherited it when Mom died in December. I'm splitting off 50 acres to my brother, which I'm sure will be sold as soon as he can (no loss to me). We will keep the remaining 140 acres!

    The long time renter's son approached me last summer about putting the crop land in CRP, as his brothers didn't want to crop it anymore. Very understandable, as it is poor ground & small patches, hard for today's machinery to work. So, today was the day to get the details & start the ball in motion! The county FSA directory grew up about a mile form us, so I've known him all my life. Had him clue me in on the procedures & started the paperwork this morning. Will sign it into the next CRP contract & get some money "back" from the government for a change!

    Next thing is to talk to the state "Private Land Conservationist" to see what assistance I can get from them about the possibility of some selective logging. I have some big Oaks & a few other species that need to be cut, but don't want just any logger on the property. I've seen too many timbers destroyed by over-sized skidders & poor logging practices, I'll let the trees stand first!

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    The farm isn't going t be a big money maker, just a good place to get the "heck" outa town! And to host the annual "Garden Tractor Trail Ride": Click image for larger version. 

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    Looks like nice hunting property to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post
    Looks like nice hunting property to me.
    That it is! Click image for larger version. 

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    Great story Lowell. Thanks for sharing it and the pics with us. I think you are wise about the logging and being selective about who cuts it. I have seen the same things as you. The ride looks like a good time!
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    Thanks for sharing, there is something to be said for land that is yours.
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    Nice looking , and good decision on the timber.
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    140 acres of heaven!

    What does "CRP" mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    140 acres of heaven!

    What does "CRP" mean?
    "Conservation Reserve Program", it pays to take erodible land out of production. There are restrictions, but this farm easily qualifies. It will have to be cropped one more year, then sown to grasses which will need to be mowed 1/3 per year, which the current renter will do for the hay he can get off it, then disked, burned or sprayed occasionally to keep some open ground for wildlife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    "Conservation Reserve Program", it pays to take erodible land out of production. There are restrictions, but this farm easily qualifies. It will have to be cropped one more year, then sown to grasses which will need to be mowed 1/3 per year, which the current renter will do for the hay he can get off it, then disked, burned or sprayed occasionally to keep some open ground for wildlife.
    Thanks for the explanation. This sounds like a perfect program for your property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    "Conservation Reserve Program", it pays to take erodible land out of production. There are restrictions, but this farm easily qualifies. It will have to be cropped one more year, then sown to grasses which will need to be mowed 1/3 per year, which the current renter will do for the hay he can get off it, then disked, burned or sprayed occasionally to keep some open ground for wildlife.
    CRP here once enrolled, you plant the grass and dont touch it.. No driving on it, no cutting it for hay unless your in a drought situation for the year.. Your supposed to mow it once or twice a year and you can burn it in the spring.. One patch I have had to be renewed last year and the rates they pay doubled!!
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