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I need help badly on starting a farm!!!!
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Nikki Hueffmeier    Posted 09-26-2003 at 10:48:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a project in a class that I got stuck in. It starts out that I have inherited a farm and I have to decide what to grow, what equipment I need, how much for labor, and how I will make my money. I have decided to start a pumpkin patch and grow corn as well. However, I am still highly confused on where to start. I have never been on a farm in my life and I don't know the first thing about the materials I need. If anyone can help me by just telling me what materials I need and how to go about doing some of this I would greatly appreciate it. Please email me as soon as possible. This is due by October 3rd, 2003. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely
Nikki


Tom A    Posted 09-26-2003 at 12:16:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nikki:

I've been in your position before--have a job to do and don't even know enough to ask a good question.

A farm is a business, just like any other small business. You need to write a business plan,and while doing that you'll get smart on how to run your business. Lots of ways to write a farm business plan--if you do a web search with the words "farm business plan" you should come up with several examples. There's a decent site I've linked to below that explains what one farm used in their plan.

Once you read through one, you'll see the kinds of things that must be considered in farming...climate, soil, market, equipment, financial. Turns out it is a very complex business.

You should be able to write a book on what you find if you give it a little thought. If you've got specific questions once you get a little more research under your belt, come on back and ask away.

good luck,
Tom


Brian-2N    Posted 09-26-2003 at 11:59:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nikki,
If the teacher doesn't give you more information, then make your own assumptions.
Make it easy on yourself if you can make your own assumptions. Plant something that is grown in your area. Go talk to a local farmer. Ask him what he grows, and what equipment, chemicals and seed he uses to plant, cultivate, and harvest it. If you don't go directly to a farm, you might even stop at a farmer's market, and ask one of the farmers there. I'm sure they'd love to tell you whatever you need to know.


Too little info...    Posted 09-26-2003 at 11:26:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
How 'big' is this farm...How many acres are tillable...What is the soil condition, ie. PH, loam content, etc...What are you growing pumpkins for (as in end product)...What is the end product of the corn...How many in your imaginary family...What is the weather like, ie. annual rainfall...How far North is this place...

All these factors (and many more) will help you determine what equipment/family labor/hired labor etc. that you will need...

Salmoneye


Brian-2N    Posted 09-26-2003 at 11:50:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SE,
I amshamed of you. We already know the tractor should be a Ford N series. :-)
Semper Ford-hoorah!


deadcarp    Posted 09-26-2003 at 11:19:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
just plan it all out - what time, effort, equipment and money you'll need for every single step of the process. if your enthusiasm survives that, start shoppping around. far as land's concerned, the cheapest is inherited. there's reasonable small equipment at auctions. if you can actually get a field of anything to sprout nowdays on less than $200,000, you deserve an award - then save lotsa money cuz most harvesters cost more yet :)




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