Does anyone here rent cropland? How does it work?
I noticed an uptick in people stopping by and asking about an old farmhouse I own of my late-grandmother and thirty acres that comes with it. If someone stopped by at the right time, and was someone I trusted, I would rent it out, but it is not advertised nor would I ever do that. I am not alone in that advertisement brings out the crazies I swear.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:My land comes to me via word of mouth, and with a handshake... People know that I'm a farmer. They have land that is a burden to them. They wish that someone would take care of it, so they ask me if I'd grow on their land. I turn down more offers than I accept. If I was taking care of any more fields, I'd have to hire help, and that doesn't appeal to me. I paid rent the first few times, but I have since learned that land is a burden to it's owners. Many would even pay me to take care of their land for them.
That is so true, large landownership is a burden to a lot of landowners. There are many locations on my farm where it just is not 100% productive, I have plans in place to eventually get there, but most landowners are not as proactive as I am either. People can find that, but I disagree with door to door approaches being the last resort, it should be the first shot, and a no should not be misconstrued as a no from a landowner. It takes time to build a trust-relationship, consider a "no" as really a "not now" answer even if it is conveyed as no. Obviously there may be times a no is pretty obvious, but the point is, it takes time and effort to gain land access. But considering the cost of property taxes today, its not a bad thing to let someone else pay them.
Travis Johnson wrote:...but I disagree with door to door approaches being the last resort...
If that was directed at my first response, I should clarify that I said "lastly" only because that was last in my list, not necessarily last in preferred order.
The door to door approach seems most practical, really, because it allows one to focus their efforts on a specific area, rather than posting or responding to ads that cover a much larger geographical area.
Speaking of, crownland is an interesting thing around here. You can find some half acre next to abandoned railway track - I have no idea how pieces of land end up like that, but they are posted. If I never did searches, I'd never have known such spots existed as one would just assume they are part of a large piece of land.Examples of places for lease under 10 acres. (apparently i can't direct-link, type in RM 139)
Crown resource lands may be used for a variety of purposes under a lease, permit, easement or licence that allow the legal occupation or use of the land. Examples include:
- Remote recreational cottage;
- Traditional resource use cabins;
- Commercial and industrial operations; and
- Wild rice harvesting.
Leases are generally longer term dispositions that allocate lands for particular use. Permits are shorter term authorizations that grant access to the land for a specific purpose.
Actually, until now I forgot that one of our pastures is next to the now shutdown landfill. The landfill was on a 65 acre spot of land owned by the RM, but only took up 1.5 acres. We rent the rest of it since it's right next to ours and I believe we pay like $1/acre for it lol. Like I said, it's interesting stuff. Maybe there's something similar around where you are, Gilbert.
Best of luck!