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OK, so I'm a city slicker, this normal ????
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BOSS    Posted 06-18-2002 at 02:51:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I came home from work yesterday and as I pulling into my driveway, I noticed the field next to me was planted. Well the person planting it drove through my driveway AND drove all of their tractors right through my rye in the front yard. I planted rye there because I like to see the rye flow like waves in the breeze and also it chokes out all of the weeds. Now I have a 30ft. beaten path right through the front of it.
Now is this common practice for farmers to do this?
I guess the rye will grow back and all, but what gets me is the lack of consideration on their part, they know my phone # because I heard they were going to ask if they can plant the field in the front yard, but I never got a call, they never stopped by to ask if it was OK to drive through, didn't stop by and say they were sorry. I think it is just common courtesy to acknowledge something like this.
What do you think ?

Hal/WA    Posted 06-18-2002 at 12:48:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a saying: "good fences make good neighbors" that I think applies here. What your neighbor did was thoughtless and rude, but some people are like that. Maybe he just didn't think, or maybe he did it on purpose... When you have cooled down, I would let him know that you were not pleased by what he did and that he will need to find a different way to get where he wants to go in the future. It will be hard to do this without appearing mad, and that might only make the situation worse.

Did the property you bought previously belong with the field the farmer was working? Checking with someone who knows the local laws and customs is a good idea, to learn what your legal standing is. I also would find out if there is another reasonable entrance to that field. Are there deep ditches or a hedgerow that block access?

Getting along with your neighbors is one of the keys to happy country living. I would not make a huge fight about this, just quietly and personally let the farmer know that you were not pleased. And then, if it is a legal and reasonable thing to do, I might fence in the area with a barb wire fence without gates that would be convenient for the farmer to use.

DeadCarp - staking a claim    Posted 06-18-2002 at 08:26:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whenever you move into an empty house, you have to reclaim it by driving the other animals out, and this sometimes includes people. The first year we were back, we were staying in the cabin at hunting season and suddenly truckloads of guys drove in. I asked who was in charge and let the fella know i wasn't crazy about a buncha guys driving up behind my car in MY yard and loading rifles - he said they've been hunting here for years so i said then he wouldn't mind taking up a collection for the taxes i paid all those years. They got the point. Now the place is posted.

Ludwig    Posted 06-18-2002 at 06:46:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, it all depends.
The stupid sonofabitch that built a house
across the road from my folks got pi$$ed the
first time they spread manure on the field he'd
built his house in. I think he thought he owned
the whole field.
Then got even more pi$$ed when they drove
on the edge of "his" lawn to get into the field.
Frankly they had to get to the field somehow
and had always gone in right on the edge.
Didn't leave anything but 2 tire tracks. Anyway
when Dad (who is a surveyor) checked their
deed there was an easement there anyway.

Now all that said the farmer was real nice
about going right back in his tracks and
hugging the edge of the property to cause as
little damage as possible.

In your case I'd call the farmer and just
casually ask what the scoop is. If you've got a
spot that you'd rather have him go through
then tell him, and stake it out so he can find it.
It won't be long until he'll know the path, you
won't have to stake forever.
Remember good neighbors are easy to screw
up but dammed hard to find.

F14...I stand corrected, but...    Posted 06-18-2002 at 06:52:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hadn't thought about the possiblity of an easement, but I still wonder if it was truly necessary to drive right through the middle of the of the rye patch.

Good thing I wasn't right on the spot I guess, my temper would probably have made a managable situation into a Hatfield-McCoy thing...

Salmoneye    Posted 06-18-2002 at 05:51:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not legal (or ethical) here in Vermont without a ROW (Right Of Way) recorded in YOUR deed.

This should have been found in a title search...

screaminghollow    Posted 06-18-2002 at 04:00:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Depends. Do they have an easement? Is there a custom of doing this? Is this the first time ever? My farm came with a deeded easement to cross a neighbors land to get to the part of my property which is across the creek. But it isn't in my deed, its in the one to the neighbor from the original farmer who split up the property into the neighbor's and mine. Another neighbor's farm was split amongst five kids. One piece was land locked and there is an easement to cross one of the plots, "strictly for agricultural purposes." In some states, using a path once or twice a year for seven years creates an easement. In other states it takes 21 years. In some states selling a parcel of land back away from the road, automatically creates an easement to the road. I'd do some serious checking and before you call the guy all kinds of names, ask tactfully what gives him the right to cross the property. It could be he has the right, maybe you have to go after your title insurance or the gut who sold it to you.

F14    Posted 06-18-2002 at 03:30:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you've been abused by a rude and thoughtless sonofabitch. The percentage of buttholes amongst country folk is just the same as it is in any other demographic group.

I'd be calling him and asking him what his intentions are about fixing what he did.

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