Any RealJock Farmers Around?

  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    What's your outlook for the 2012 planting season?
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    Im a rancher! thank god we don't have to plant anything...sounds like a lot of work
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    I came from a family of farmers, but I am not one myself. Just saying.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidWhat's your outlook for the 2012 planting season?
    Renting out now. A good rental agreement with an out-of-town farmer who's paying more than last year's renter. Will more than cover the taxes and insurance and allow for better maintenance of the house and buildings. We're requiring a biannual cycle of corn and legumes in our agreement. This year is legumes.
  • bradsmith

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    Jan 07, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    1/2 corn, 1/2 soybeans...I drive into the field in the spring and plant the opposite of whatever is on the field...

    2012 crops are 75% sold, inputs are all booked and 50% paid for. It was a great year last year...best yields ever and best prices I've ever seen.

    2012 looks pretty darn good...although I'm a bit worried about drought...no snow as yet...but if you don't have something to worry about, what would we spend our time doing?
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    bradsmith said1/2 corn, 1/2 soybeans...I drive into the field in the spring and plant the opposite of whatever is on the field...

    2012 crops are 75% sold, inputs are all booked and 50% paid for. It was a great year last year...best yields ever and best prices I've ever seen.

    2012 looks pretty darn good...although I'm a bit worried about drought...no snow as yet...but if you don't have something to worry about, what would we spend our time doing?


    How many acres?
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    PTK86 saidIm a rancher! thank god we don't have to plant anything...sounds like a lot of work


    Ranching is always a pleasurable thing. Prices are another matter. Most of my Texas land has been cotton. You know how tough that is with what cotton does to the soil. We've gotten where we rotate it with a winter hairy vetch to lower fertilizer cost.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    YUP, recently moved out to my/our farm.

    Love it, I sleep amazingly well. Really quiet and peaceful, thing I have to get used to is well water. thinking of raising cattle or tree farming. We'll see.
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    conservativejock saidWhat's your outlook for the 2012 planting season?
    Renting out now. A good rental agreement with an out-of-town farmer who's paying more than last year's renter. Will more than cover the taxes and insurance and allow for better maintenance of the house and buildings. We're requiring a biannual cycle of corn and legumes in our agreement. This year is legumes.


    How many acres?
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    I grow about 50 acres of fruits and berries - theoretically, I should be replacing about 10% every year, but the money just isn't there right now. (Plus every step requires cleaning up some mess that my Dad left.) We'll work on tearing out 10 acres of old cherries and prepping 10 other acres that have been fallow for planting next year. Got about 2000 square feet of greenhouse space to plant into annuals next month. Small time. Don't really want to risk any more than that right now. I'd really like to move into more stuff under glass and less in the field.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidHow many acres?
    150.
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    Great hearing from all you guys!!
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    I do. Purebred beef cattle operation.
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    ChangeofName saidYUP, recently moved out to my/our farm.

    Love it, I sleep amazingly well. Really quiet and peaceful, thing I have to get used to is well water. thinking of raising cattle or tree farming. We'll see.


    The well water can be an issue depending on location. I'm headed down to one of the farms from ATL tomorrow morning. It has a 180 foot well that was sunk into an aquifer on the edge of the Piedmont. The water isn't objectionable there. Other land I farm (the crews) scretches from Savannah across the coastal plane to Louisiana, in scattered 2000 to 5000 acre tracts. The farm on the Piedmont beats them all for water.

    Take care. Have fun with the cows.
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 07, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    Dressage1986 saidI do. Purebred beef cattle operation.


    Woo Hoo!!! Great!!
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidGreat hearing from all you guys!!
    I'm curious what you'll be blowing away with your new tactical shotgun on the farm. Cotton bales?
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    conservativejock saidGreat hearing from all you guys!!
    I'm curious what you'll be blowing away with your new tactical shotgun on the farm. Cotton bales?


    There's a practice range.

    You should meet the older members of my family, what few are left. They are not too distant decendants of the guy who formed Mosby's Raiders. (John Mosby.) One could say there is a strong vein of tactical prowess in the family.

    Let's hope that continues to carry the day in all endeavors.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    conservativejock said
    ChangeofName saidYUP, recently moved out to my/our farm.

    Love it, I sleep amazingly well. Really quiet and peaceful, thing I have to get used to is well water. thinking of raising cattle or tree farming. We'll see.


    The well water can be an issue depending on location. I'm headed down to one of the farms from ATL tomorrow morning. It has a 180 foot well that was sunk into an aquifer on the edge of the Piedmont. The water isn't objectionable there. Other land I farm (the crews) scretches from Savannah across the coastal plane to Louisiana, in scattered 2000 to 5000 acre tracts. The farm on the Piedmont beats them all for water.

    Take care. Have fun with the cows.


    Yeah, I'm still writing up water analysis reports tonight. SO glad I don't have to use that stuff that comes out of the ground in the US southwest. Yeah, you can treat it, but sometimes it's cheaper to find another source of water. Two more reports and it's the weekend!
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    We're strictly livestock. We haven't had a bad year in a very long time.
  • johndubuque

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    Jan 07, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    I grew up on a farm in Iowa. My mom still lives on the farm but rents out the land to a neighbor. It used to usually be half and half corn and soybeans, but for the last couple of years it's been more corn, since the price of corn has gone up a lot.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    I grew some varieties of Northern Lights and Maui Wowie a few years back.

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    Jan 07, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidOne could say there is a strong vein of tactical prowess in the family.
    Oh, that would be useful against that awesome cotton insurgency.

    Oh, I kid. I'm sure your family has a proud military heritage.
  • camfer

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    Jan 07, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    We'll plant more than last year. We had a good year last year.
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    Jan 07, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidI grew some varieties of Northern Lights and Maui Wowie a few years back.

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    But images aside, Conservative- are you asking because you're looking to invest, or are you just merely trying to make small talk with the country men around here? I'm just curious.