Best farming forums for young farmers

best farming forumsWhen I started, I didn’t know very much about farming. I needed information. I had a terrible time trying to find information. I searched all over the place trying to find the best farming forums to connect with other farmers.

I was looking for forums specifically because I know how helpful they can be. I have a video gaming background, so I am very familiar with forums. Strangely enough, Farming Simulator 2013 is one of the games I play from time to time.

Back to forum talk. Luckily, there are some forum out there that you’ll find extremely helpful. I thought I’d share what forums I’ve found very helpful.

Tractor By Net

The people on Tractor by Net are very knowledgeable. They’ve helped me a lot. I;ve been working my way through the process of choosing a tractor, and they’ve helped me a lot in making the right decision.

They live and breathe tractors on this forum. I’ve had some great conversations about what to look for when buying used farm equipment. Obviously, most of the talk is going to be about tractors, but I’ve had some great conversations about why using sickle mowers are a good choice for a new farmers.

I’ve also talked about brands and what is the best choice for a new farmer. It’s a wealth of information.

If you’re looking for information about tractors, this is a fantastic place to check out.

Agriculture.com

The Agriculture.com forum is probably the most helpful forum that I’ve encountered. I asked very basic question , but the community was willing to respond.

This forum tends to be more for farmers who have a lot of money, but they still have a lot of relevant information.

In this forum, I had a super conversation about what to look for when buying a planter. It was extremely helpful because I don’t know much about types of seeders. I talked with them about the things to look out for when buying.

Although I did get to a point where one member suggested to talk to a farm equipment dealer, I still think it’s a great place to check out if you’re a new farmer.

Farms.com

In the Farms.com forum you’ll be able to find all sorts of things discussed here. Personally, I’ve been most active talking about seeders( again I know). I’ve been using the Ontario Agriculture part of the forum.

Having the forum narrowed down is really nice if you want to talk about a particular province.

Also, this forum helped me connect with other farmers, which you should be doing as well. I connected with Paul Smith who wrote a guest post for me on What is Precision Farming for another site I have.

I also connected with Gus Ternoey who writes one of the blogs on Farms.com. Strangely enough, I also connected with him on twitter without realizing before. It was pretty funny once I realized.

Farms.com is a great forum for connecting with people, which is a great when you’re starting out.

Conclusion of best farming forums

There are many great places out there to connect with people and get information. These are what I consider to be the best farming forums. These are only a few of the places where you can learn about farming. There are many other places out there.

Leave a comment with what farming forums you use.

 

Buying farmland: key factors you should know before buying

A while ago I talked to a couple of people about buying farmland. In this post I am going to highlight the key points from that conversation. I thought it would be a great way to get the gist of the conversation for those who don’t have the time to watch it all.

Consider this the Coles notes of the conversation.

Key points about buying farmland

  • Look for agricultural zoning property( A1 for Ontario, Canada.)
  • If you are looking for a house, you need to make sure you have access via the road.
  • Know what type of soil you have. Clay loam is considered the best type of soil to have.

  • Where’s the farm located. F

    armland is being bought because of location and not workability.

  • If farmland already has drain tileage, it will drive up the price.
  • Will the farmland drain on its own without tile drainage, so you won’t lose crops due to water.

  • Some areas have specific laws around adding tile drainage.

  • Tile drainage is worth looking into when you’re buying farmland

  • Is a property systematically tiled.

buying farmland

  • Make sure the farmland is not rocky.
  • You need to consider how much of the farmland considered workable land.

  • You need to consider about the heat units in your area.

  • Consider the growing season of the farmland your buying.

  • A lot of land is auctioned to get the best price.
  • Check out your well on the property to make sure it is drinkable water.
  • Have a farm business plan in place before you buy a farm.

  • Join a community to learn more about farming in your area.

  • Don’t get in over your head.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
  • You can take over an existing farm.
  • Read Farm Credit Canada reports.
  • Make sure the farmland is  in the proper tax bracket.

Final thoughts on buying farmland

Buying farmland is a very hard decision to make, and there are many things to consider. In the video we only discussed a few of the many aspects of buying farmland.

One of the main things that was talked about was having a plan before you start looking to buy. Also, recognize that farming isn’t easy work it takes a lot of dedication as well.

If you liked this this post, leave a comment with your key factors to look at when buying farmland.