Leasing, Custom Rates, and Cash Rents

This is one of the times of year when questions start coming in about leasing, custom rates, and cash rents.  The Extension office is often a source that land owners and producers check.  However, we really do not have a crystal ball to look in nor do we actually have the entire scoop on what all of the going rates are.  But here is what we do have up our sleeve to get you started if you are trying to make sense of some arrangements.  Some numbers here will make sense and some will make you scratch your head, as each production arrangement is different.  There are many ways to arrive at a rental agreement and these are only one way down that path.

Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2016

Establishing a Fair Pasture Rental Rate

Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents

USDA County Estimates (Ohio Cash Rent County Estimates 2016)

Aglease 101

Protecting Interests in a Verbal Farm Lease Situation

See if you can find the picture from the local Ohio farm!

Plan ahead before you excavate and call before you dig! Dial 811.

The Pipeline Ag Saftey Alliance makes significant effort to spread the word on excavation safety.  Look for the feature and discussion from a local Ohio farm that helps highlight a common farm scenario where the best move is to call ahead before you excavate.  The link to the feature is here: http://joom.ag/j2VW.  Plan ahead when you know you are going to excavate and focus on the things that you can control, rather than encountering a situation that puts you in the ditch.

Why is this so important?  See the video below…


Annie’s Project Retreat for Women in Agriculture

Annie’s Project Retreats

OSU Extension will offer an Annie’s Project Retreat December 1-3 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, 14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, OH 43755. Annie’s Project provides education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.

Annie spent her lifetime learning to be an involved farm business partner with her husband. Annie’s life experiences inspired her daughter, a university Extension agent, to create a program for women living and working in the complex, dynamic agriculture business environment.

Annie’s Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women. Women will receive training in five areas of agricultural risk management: financial, marketing, production, legal, and human resources.

The participant fee is $105 per person, which includes all materials and meals. Lodging is $99 per room per night with up to four people per room. Details can be found on the Annie’s Project Registration Flyer.  Sponsors of the program include Farm Credit and Nationwide.

Registration deadline is November 17. For more information please contact Emily Adams at the Coshocton County Extension Office at 740-622-2265 or adams.661@osu.edu .

Ear Disorders Appearing in Corn Fields

By Peter Thomison, C.O.R.N Newsletter

In recent weeks, I have received several reports of abnormal ear development in corn fields which are near or at harvest maturity. Affected plants in these fields exhibit varying degrees of ear development with little or no kernel formation. Some ear shoots carry a barely visible rudimentary ear or only the short remnant of an ear (Figs. 1 and 2).

Other symptoms include “dumbbell-shaped ears” (characterized by kernel formation at the base and tip of the ear but absent from the middle of the ear), “bouquet ears” (formed by small ears trying to develop from the same shank as the main ear), and shorter than normal husks…Read more