Center Pivot Irrigation Earns You CRP Dollars

Farmers and landowners in Indiana with center pivot irrigation are eligible to enroll in the CRP / Conservation Reserve Program’s “Habitat for Upland Birds” practice, says the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. As margins tighten for farmers, “Pivot Corners” are a very attractive way to earn annual CRP payments. Ideal for creating pheasant and bobwhite quail habitat, this is a great opportunity for landowners to become more profitable while implementing a “habitat buffer” conservation practice that has great benefit.

Known as CP 33 or Conservation Practice 33, the goal and purpose of a irrigation system pivot corner CRP program is to restore habitat for bobwhite quail, pheasants and other wildlife. These habitat buffers create vital habitat for gamebirds to eat insects, nest and brood (lay eggs in the spring).
Landowners in Indiana counties can take advantage of this new USDA policy and realize profitable benefits to farm land with patches that are beyond the reach of center pivot irrigation systems. Pivot corners do not need to be connected by a linear strip of grassland to be eligible.
“This is a win-win for local farmers,” said Johnny Klemme, Farmland Broker and CRP Habitat Consultant. “With the increase in center pivot irrigation in Tippecanoe, Benton and Warren county Indiana, this is a great way for farmers who are feeling a margin squeeze to increase profits while providing vital habitat to the local bird population.”
Farmers and landowners can enroll irrigation system pivot corners in the CP 33 program any time in 2015. Participants and land must meet certain eligibility requirements. For exact details, contact your local  NRCS County office, Farm Service Agency (FSA) or District Conservationist in Indiana
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Benton County Indiana Farmland home to New Amazon Web Services Wind Farm

Internet giant Amazon recently announced as part of their sustainable energy policy the plan to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm on Benton County, Indiana farmland. Working with Pattern Energy Group, the new wind energy farm will supply approximately 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power each year.

Expected to be fully operation and online in 2016, the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) will be used exclusively to power Amazon AWS data centers.

This new Indiana farmland wind energy project (enough to power about 46,000 average homes in the US for a year) will be used to “power both current and future AWS datacenters.” writes Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services.

Benton County, Indiana, known primarily for some of the most productive farmland in the State of Indiana is home to the first wind farm in the state. In total, current online and operational Benton County wind farms collectively generate approximately 838 megawatts through nearly 500 wind turbines.

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Unlocking Profitability through Farm Data

Farmers are not strangers to taking risks. Whether facing off with Mother Nature each season or marketing the grain crop against the futures market, the balance of risk vs. reward comes with the territory.

As margins get tighter and input costs rise, being more efficient and making better educated decisions are increasingly important. Precision agriculture, gps, smartphones and farm data provide farmers with tools to help increase productivity and profitability in the face of more risk, but where do you start?

Unlocking Profitability through Farm Data rainfall iOS

I recently interviewed Jesse Vollmar, the co- founder and CEO of Farmlogs, a free farm management software that you can use on your smart phone, office computer and tablet. Born and raised on a local farm in Michigan, Jesse and co-founder Brad Koch believe giving farmers easy to use tools at their fingertips will improve profitability, ROI and long term soil quality.

“Everyone wants to minimize input costs, maintain healthy soil and over the long term become more profitable,” said Jesse Vollmar, CEO of Farmlogs.” “It starts by working smarter and giving everyone on the farm an easy way to plan, budget and track what’s actually happening in each field.”

Smartphone Apps such as this one from Farmlogs allow the farmer or employee to input field and activity data as it happens. The more data you input the more efficient you can become. According to a University of Minnesota report, “…more efficient growers production costs were $3.45/bu vs $5.36/bu for less efficient growers.”

How Software Like Farmlogs Can Improve Profitability

  • Rainfall Tracking

    Mother Nature plays such a vital role in your operation. How much time & fuel would you save over time if you didn’t need to drive across the county to know how much it rained? Desktop and mobile phone software sends rain & weather reports direct to you as it happens.

  • Grain Marketing

    How much does a $0.07 cent swing at the local co-op improve your bottom line? Software like Farmlogs can deliver the nearby grain prices right to your phone, helping you make more informed decisions.

  • Activity & Fuel Consumption

    When you understand how much time it actually takes to perform a job on each farm, you get a more accurate picture of how much it actually costs. Where could you save on fuel or labor?

  • Forecast Your Profits

    How much would you profit if your yields are X bushels per acre higher than expected? What does your bottom line look like if grain prices drop 26%? The desktop software and phone apps from Farmlogs let you quickly and easily create scenarios to make more profitable decisions by estimating expenses, yields and the price you’ll sell your grain for.

The Secret & Challenge to Farm Data

As the old saying goes, “you get out of it what you put into it.” Therein lies the secret to unlocking the profitability of your farm data – you have to consistently input farm data. If you have several employees or family members that work on the farm and only one person is inputting or tracking activities and data – your results aren’t an accurate picture of your operation. It takes discipline, repetition and consistency from every person in the operation to unlock the profitability of your data. This is the key to making better decisions that lead to profitability. As software like Farmlogs make it easier to input the data right from your phone, your job will be to make sure everyone on the farm remembers to get in the habit of using the software and phone app every day.

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About the Author

Johnny Klemme is a published author, graduate of Purdue University and Land Broker specializing in farm ground in West Central Indiana. Born and raised on a local farm, his commentary, interviews with Ag experts & reporting on issues important to farming and farmland real estate can be found at

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2015 Land Sales in Indiana

Top quality Indiana farmland sales continue to be strong. As always, soil quality, location, drainage and the cash position of neighboring farm operations play pivotal roles in the sales price per acre. While there has been a shift in the market, down-trending 20% or more, top quality land still commands top dollar. Lower quality farms have taken the biggest hit in terms of land values, yet top quality farms still hover around the $10,000 per acre price point.

Some of the uncertainty in the market is starting to fade and farmers and investors in strong cash positions are buying as soon as land comes onto the market. Farmland for sale on the market remains low as of this post (January 9, 2015), yet many buyers are at the ready.Indiana Farmland Sales in Q1 of 2015 Real Esate Trend Report  2015 Land Sales in Indiana Indiana Farmland Sales in Q1 of 2015 Real Esate Trend Report

While there are many factors that determine Indiana farmland values, (E.g. your cash position, soil quality, location, grain storage, drainage, point rows, etc), we continue to keep tabs on local county and regional farmland sales prices to help you determine when the best time to buy and sell in today’s market may be.


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Buyers and sellers that take the time to understand the local market, research and identify the best farmland investments are more likely to maximize their returns.

Consult with a Land Professional who tracks local and regional farmland sales to best gauge how the timing of a sale and the economics and fundamentals of farming affect land values.

Recent sales are just one of many factors that help guide the sale of your farm. Experienced land professionals can help you sort through the other factors and decisions that affect today’s real estate market.

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