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Beneath your feet

Beneath your feet lies soil.  (Dirt is brought into the house; soil is outside.)  Inherently, we know to take care of the soil, whether through gardening, farming, hiking, or other activities.  We know that by taking some measure of protection, our lives are eased.  Adding organic matter and limiting erosion are two examples.  However, soil […]

If you don’t look out,then LOOK OUT!

Part II “Operating”      It’s often been said in one fashion or another that “if you are failing to plan, then you are planning to fail”. None of us like the idea of failing at something that we set out to achieve, and only a select few can afford to financially fail in a business […]

The value of a written lease

Land ownership comes with many decisions.  One of those is deciding what to do with the property.  Many owners decide to lease the land to an agricultural producer.  This option is attractive for many reasons.  For instance, the owner receives income from the property with little to no expense and the owner can witness the […]

Trail Cameras

With modern technology it is amazing what is possible in the realm of remote cameras or more commonly known trail cameras. On several of the ranches we manage the owners are interested in seeing the unseen on their property. Seeing the unknown is now a lot easier with the use of trail cameras. For those […]

Fair Grazing Rates – There will be math involved.

A new grazing season is at our doorstep.  With the fair to moderate winter, the forever promise of good spring moisture, and strong commodity markets, it looks to be another decent year for grazing enterprises.  Now is the time to be considering your pasture and rangeland values, whether you are grazing them yourself or leasing […]

If you don’t look out, then LOOK OUT!

Part I “Visioning”      It’s often been said in one fashion or another that “if you are failing to plan, then you are planning to fail”. None of us like the idea of failing at something we set out to achieve, and only a select few can afford to financially fail in a business enterprise. […]

In Defense of Willows

Willows.  The bane of fisherpersons and irrigators, serve important functions.  The deep roots stabilize banks, thereby limiting erosion.  The shrub itself shades the water and helps lower water temperature.  These willows also take up water, so ditch users understandably remove them from ditchbanks.  However, in highly erodible areas, it may be wise to leave a […]

Getting Kids Involved in Pollinator Projects

Due to numerous factors, pollinators, which include more than just bees, are experiencing severe population declines across the United States. Because of the vital role that these species play in the reproduction of many plants, it has being addressed as a concerning issue. Many organizations government and nongovernment alike are advocating the planting of pollinator […]

Perennial Habitat Conversion

In my last post I talked about the process of creating annual food plots for wildlife.  Another consideration in enhancing habitats for wildlife are perennial plots, or plots where perennial grasses and forbs are established that provide diverse habitat structures.  This is desired because invasive grasses often time dominate highly productive river bottoms, in Montana.  […]

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