Verified FBN Member (TX)
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I’d like to here where farmers think the ideal place to farm in the United States is?

The i states or southern or East or west or what? I think the best would be Iowa or Illinois.. I currently farm in the Texas Panhandle.. I enjoy it but we running out of water.. and do not get enough rain for sustainable Dryland farming.. Irrigation can take a lot of time it’s bittersweet lol.. right when we want to go on a family outing it breaks down!! Happens over and over.. but I have the ability to water up crops and put fertilizer through very easily.. so just curious what you alls opinion would be on that? 😊

Verified FBN Member (MT)

It seems like the guys in the Red River valley have it made in eastern North Dakota

Verified FBN Member (MN)

Why? Try farming here when it won’t stop raining. It’s not the cake walk you think it is.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

Try to imagine getting 3” in a matter of 2 hours or less on ground that’s flat as a table. Probably to hard to imagine so dump a cup of water on your table and that’s what the last 2 years has been. 2-3 inches may not sound like a lot of rain but when you get it in a that fast it has nowhere to go so it backs up in our fields and causes terrible damage.

Verified FBN Member (MB, CAN)

I farm on the Canadian side of the red river valley. Most people not cut out for the extreme conditions. Goes from too dry to too wet and planting and harvest windows are short due to the cold and wet springs. Its very heavy clay on table flat land. But very fertile soil.

Verified FBN Member (WA)

If I could trade farms with anyone it would probably be with someone in southern Idaho or the Central Valley in California. I would bet good money that those are the most profitable places to farm. The Columbia basin where I am at is pretty good but our state government and regulations are terrible.

Verified FBN Member (WA)

Willamette Valley in Oregon wouldn’t be bad either

Verified FBN Member (MI)

I can tell you that Michigan sucks to farm in. High rents and not the yields like the i states to support them

Verified FBN Member (UT)

I’ll trade 2k acres In Utah for 200 acres in corn country.

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Friend of mine always says, if there is greener pastures on the other side of the fence, you need to change something your doing on your side. Maybe fertilizer your side?, just a figure of speech. I believe the Lord puts us where we need to be sometimes that situation feels hard, but in His scripture he tells us there will be trouble in this world. A farmer has to have faith that God is in Control. Or why plant the crops anyway. I like FBN for some price transparency and things. But Really what we need to attack is how to market our products and the funds that drive these false markets on the board of trade with real no stake in the game. I say if you want to trade corn you have to grow corn or use corn. If you want sell cattle you have to feed cattle. FBN in my opinion is like a special interest group, they were able to get people like Sunny Purdue to farmer to farmer. May we as farmers unite for our voices to be heard, we don't want free hand outs we want free trade. We want sustainable markets, we want cheap food for our neighbors, we want to feed the poor hungry and sick. We don't want freeloaders, we want help on our farms. I know sometimes this can seem pointless. I ask you what brings you joy? Is the grass greener? Follow where God calls you maybe its Iowa. I love where I live, in my opinion no better place to live then here. Best place in the world to grow kids, corn, cattle, soybeans, and hogs in the world.

Verified FBN Member (NE)

To add to one of your topics I would like to find a way to push back against the absentee land owners as well who want too much for cash rent. You should have to have some skin in the game as well instead of collecting a lump sum of money year in and year out without regard to the health of the soil you own or collecting despite your tenant losing his/her behind year in and year out.

Verified FBN Member (MO)

AMEN brother !

Verified FBN Member (KS)

Doniphan county Ks is a good area for corn and beans. We have deep topsoil, and average about 32-36” of rain. Multiple elevators in all our surrounding towns, hasn’t been hard to find positive basis (outside of harvest)

Verified FBN Member (MO)

Have farms in NW MO, South Central IA, Just sold one in TX, and Have another in SE Arkansas right off the Mississippi, the delta is by far my favorite area. Close to a place where they load direct on to barges, so basis is always low. water is plentiful, dirt is flat and deep. flood irrigated.

Verified FBN Member (IL)

I heard once that McLean county IL is some of, or maybe THE most productive soil in the world for corn and soybeans. Whether it’s true or not, I’m not sure.

We farm in east central IL. Pretty sandy soil not as productive, but I kind of like the challenge!

Verified FBN Member (IL)
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Here in south west Illinois we got a lot of clay and some post oak ground. Them guys up north can throw the seed out and raise 250 bushels, 180 is good here. The best we ever raised was 220

Verified FBN Member (GA)

Here in east Georgia, we were once the ocean, inherent sandy soils here. I can tell this is by far not the most productive farmland.There are obviously many acres in the midwest that are highly productive and wanted by many farmers; due to it being a former prairie shaped by bison that were steered by wolves from place to place, the fertile mollisols if the midwest are wanted by many. The fact of the matter is that we all need to get better at our own places. Focus our time on regenerating our own farms and not worry about what place is better. Using more regenerative farming practices and focusing on regenerating some of the life in the soil is what I know that I have to do to sustain as a farmer. Diverse cover crops, building life into the soil and using less pesticides is helping us move forward.

Verified FBN Member (IN)

iowa or minnesota. Illinois has a idiot governor gonna tax u out of business

Verified FBN Member (TX)

Isn't Illinois bankrupt because they haven collected near enough tax in the last 10 years?

Verified FBN Member (MN)

Our governor is a power hungry dictator and this covid shit is proving it. I’m glad I live just a couple miles from North Dakota....the free side of the red river

Verified FBN Member (IL)
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No they collect a shit ton. Our gas tax is horrible and now they want to tax the value of used car when you trade. They already taxed it once. There is so much corruption in Chicago its sickening. The feds raided the speaker of Illinois House of Representatives about three weeks ago. He’s been in since 1983. There might be a lot of Democrats going to jail soon. We have had 4 of last 7 governors do jail time. Of those 3 out of 4 are Democrats. Southern Illinois can’t get a say in our politics. I wish the state would split.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

Not sure if it is Illinois or Cook County. .........but underfunded pension funds in the billions is the issue........McClean county Illinois is where i would want to be if i did not think the States finances will be a huge issue in the future. Beautiful land

Verified FBN Member (IL)

They robbed from pension plans to fund their little pet projects. All part of the corruption

Verified FBN Member (NE)

I have friends in Minnesota and love going up there, I always say if I hit the powerball I'm buying a farm up there and moving out of western Nebraska, good crops, good people, plus you cant beat the fishing up there!

Verified FBN Member (SD)

Anywhere that I could get access to a market other than wheat, beans, and corn would be ideal IMO

Verified FBN Member (ND)

Bloom where you're planted

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