Agriculture

Planting Last Minute Fall Food Plots

BEYOND THE DIRT | 09.14.2022 Last Minute Fall Food Plots Sometimes.....most times, life gets in the way of our best intentions.  Often, fall hunting season sneaks up on us, and we’re left out in the cold without that lush green fall food plot under our stand. With a few weeks left until the season opener here in Iowa, there is still time.   If you’re just getting to those fall food plots,...

5 Tools for the New Hunting Property Owner

BEYOND THE DIRT | 08.25.2022 New Farm Investments With a huge sigh of relief, you’ve finally purchased your first property.  Congratulations; this is a major accomplishment. However, while this is an exciting time, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Often, the anticipation of what this new property can transform into, is one of the most exciting aspects of the purchase.  With a hunting...

Land Values and Pricing a Farm in Today’s Market

BEYOND THE DIRT | 03.17.2022 Here in Iowa and across the Midwest, we have seen a tremendous resurgence in land values.  Prices are at an all time high in many regions.   Though, some say its not really a surprise.  After all, as once famously said by Mark Twain, … “they’re not making it anymore”.  Though, why is this occurring, and what does it mean if you're looking to buy or sell...

PREPARING FOR A LAND AUCTION

BEYOND THE DIRT | 01.03.2022 HOW TO PREPARE FOR A LAND AUCTION So, you’ve decided to sell your property.  Congratulations.  This marks a significant chapter on one’s life.  Like many though, you’ve likely never sold a piece of land.  This is a frequent characteristic of many of our clients here at KILOTERRA, but not to worry.  There will be many decisions to make along the way, and this...

WHICH METHOD OF SALE IS BEST?

BEYOND THE DIRT | 12.29.2021 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SELL FARMLAND? When selling a tract of land, there are generally two methods of sale to consider.  One is the Traditional Land Listing, and the other is the Auction method. A traditional land listing is the method of sale in which a property is offered to the public at a fixed price, and each potential buyer will submit offers to the owner for...

3 REASONS NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO SELL LAND

BEYOND THE DIRT | 08.29.2020 3 Reasons RIGHT NOW is a great time to Sell Land Seriously?  In the middle of a Pandemic? I’m sure these are all questions running through your mind.  However, once you understand these 3 points, you’ll quickly see why now is a great time to sell land. #1 The pandemic has created an explosion in Demand for Rural Land The phrase “Rush to Rural” has been thrown...

HOW TO TERMINATE A FARM LEASE IN IOWA

BEYOND THE DIRT | 08.22.2020 Terminating Farm Leases In Iowa Whether written or verbal, Iowa law stipulates that leases can carry over into the following crop year.  There is one exception to the rule, which only excludes properties under 40 acres being used for grazing, but it’s better not to play in the grey area. In our experience, selling a farm with open leases for the following crop year...

CORPORATE RETREAT – DRIVING BUSINESS SUCCESS

BEYOND THE DIRT | 03.14.2020 By far, the #1 asset any business has is its people. Too many corporations focus on the short-term metrics.... the arbitrary benchmarks established in the 1980 proliferation of shareholder value over employee happiness. We're starting to see a reversal of that trend and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal might have said it best in a Fast Company interview in response to a question...

SELLING LAND 101 – PREPARING FOR THE SALE

BEYOND THE DIRT | 12.13.2019 Unbelievably, there are landowners with thousands of acres who have never sold a piece of property.  Most of these individuals are farmers who spent their entire lives working to expand their operations.  Now, in an era where fewer kids are returning to the farm, these properties are being sold.  In other cases, a property was inherited, and the owner is looking to cash...

BUYING LAND 101 – THE PROCESS

BEYOND THE DIRT | 12.13.2019 Many individuals never pursue land ownership simply because they are intimidated by the process.  In fairness, there is a lot to learn before running off and buying the first piece of property that fits the budget.  In this article, we’ll present an overview of the steps one should take when buying their first piece of property. Define the “Must Have”...

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