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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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I'm lookin at a house that is for sale on 10 acres, it's currently being farmed, not sure what they grow/farm. but it is all set up for livestock, full barn, etc.

Is it profitable enough to do all the work? Can it be done on the weekends?

I thought I would turn it into a tree farm instead of dealing with livestock and all the work that comes with that....
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #5
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we rent our ground out and it pays the taxes on the farm part
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #6
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10 acres wont net much.

Corn usually is around 95-115 bushels per acre. I just looked online, corn is worth about 3.75 a bushel, depending on the moisture content (this is feed corn, the exp that I have)

So, figure 1000 bushels to be $3750

Last I remember an 80k bag of corn was about 100 bucks. That's about 25k seeds/acre

10 acres you'd need ~3 bags.

Herbicides ran about 30 bucks an acre and pesticides were about 20.

Fertilizer (when planting) was about the same cost as the seed.

That's 900 bucks to plant.

So that brings you down to 2650, not counting mid-grow sprays for weed killing.

You'd need equipment to do it which isn't cheap.

Also, these prices are about 5-6 years out of date, except for the current going price of corn.

See if you can find a local farmer that would lease it from you and a tree farm doesnt sound like to bad of an idea.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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depends on what you want to do, but in general - no.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #8
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10 acres wont net much.

Corn usually is around 95-115 bushels per acre. I just looked online, corn is worth about 3.75 a bushel, depending on the moisture content (this is feed corn, the exp that I have)

So, figure 1000 bushels to be $3750

Last I remember an 80k bag of corn was about 100 bucks. That's about 25k seeds/acre

10 acres you'd need ~3 bags.

Herbicides ran about 30 bucks an acre and pesticides were about 20.

Fertilizer (when planting) was about the same cost as the seed.

That's 900 bucks to plant.

So that brings you down to 2650, not counting mid-grow sprays for weed killing.

You'd need equipment to do it which isn't cheap.

Also, these prices are about 5-6 years out of date, except for the current going price of corn.

See if you can find a local farmer that would lease it from you and a tree farm doesnt sound like to bad of an idea.


95 to 115 bushels an acre is a very, very low figure.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #9
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on top of after so long you have to plant something different or not grow anything there for a year, like corn if you grow it there for a few years the ground needs a break, even spreading lime and such the ground basically gets sour
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #10
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Whats the going rate for ground thats not tiled right now??????
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #11
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yeah I was thinking more along the lines or tree farming, I realize 10 acres isn't much, and I don't know about dealing with livestock...though it's supposedly all set up for cows and chickens
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we have an angus farm and unless your going to get ride of them before cold weather hits, the price of feeding them will atleast double. normally in the summer we can put out a round bail of hay, between 1500-1800lbs and it will last about a week and a half in the winter it lasts 3 maybe 4 days, same thing with grain, in the summer 1300lbs will last about 3 or 4 weeks, in the winter be lucky to get 2 weeks
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #13
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yeah I was thinking more along the lines or tree farming, I realize 10 acres isn't much, and I don't know about dealing with livestock...though it's supposedly all set up for cows and chickens
Chickens will eat about anything you eat, might as well get some hens just for the eggs.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #14
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There's good money in tree farming. Between purchasing the equipment you will need to farm cash crops, tractor, plow, finishing equipment, seed drill, regular row crop planter, grain wagons or dump trucks or a semi with a grain box, maybe a corn stock mower, 2 heads for the combine, one for corn, one for wheat and soybeans, trucking to a local grain storage facility to sell it on the open market, diesel fuel, seed ( probably the most costly next to herbicide ), sprayer, tools to work on all this equipment and keep it up. The list can go on and on. If you had about 2000 acres to start with I would say go for it but 10 acres would be good for trees.

There is alot to learn about trees before attempting to grom them professionally. You may want to see if there is a local college class or something on grounds care, arboring, etc. You will need a tree spade and a tractor or skid loader to put it on. This can be a very expensive proposition as the skid loader and tree spade are very costly. It takes a few years to get the first batch to a point to sell and by than you want to stagger your batches continually so you always have a new batch ready the next year.

You will want to find a local landscaping company for commercial jobs who may buy your trees. A normal price on a 3-4 Inch trunk in a maple is around $500.00 but the price does very from area to area. You may also need some chemical application equipment and know what to identify when it comes to problems with the trees and how to treat them.

Do your homework and you may do well. It takes alot of hard work.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #15
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Trees tend to weather better than crops. They can take more abuse and still survive but you may loose a growing season if the weather is really dry or really wet. You may have to get some sort of irrigation system which will also cost a bit but you could figure something out to get you by for a bit like a water tank and the time to water them daily for the first few weeks.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #16
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just let your buddies run their off road rigs on it and charge them..
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #17
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Ten acres won't make you a lot of money if you have to buy your own equipment. But keep in mind the tax advantages you gain.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #18
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10 arces is not worth messing with enven if u just do livestoke cuz then u have to buy feed which is not cheap
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #19
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tree farm will be best plan. weres this place at?
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #20
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Tree farm seems to make the most sense, sell what I can, use the rest to heat my house.

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