How to Handle Tense Prevent Plant Conversations

“There may be a win-win opportunity out of this for some folks. If it's a field that has been historically wet, going to prevent plant may offer an opportunity to do a summer tile project and, improve the drainage on that farm.” ( Sonja Begemann )

If farmers have yet to communicate with landowners about their planting decisions this spring, now is the time to engage with them. Jeff Troendle, AFM, President of Farm Management at Hertz Farm Management joined Chip Flory on AgriTalk on June 5.

Troendle says this spring has brought lots of challenges to get a crop planted across its footprint in the US. 

“We cover most of the Midwest, and you can find pockets within every state that have some problems. Certainly, the most dire problems are in Illinois and Indiana, as far as our territories are concerned,” he says. 

As farmers weigh their planting (or not to plant) decisions, Troendle encourages farmers to not wait to share their circumstances with landowners. He advises farmers to take photos and videos of field conditions and also gather photos and videos of the surrounding fields as well so landowners understand it’s not just their fields. He also suggests using technology, such as drones, to get aerial photos to demonstrate how widespread the issues are. 

“It’s a tough conversation, and it’s easy to put that off, but I would encourage farm operators not to do that,” he says. “Land owners want to know what's going on out on the farm and, and they're happy to listen to what you have to say.”

Troendle says the important thing is that communication can't just happen when there are issues. It has to start from the very beginning of your relationship. 

He shares there are many benefits to building that rapport and being honest about the conditions of 2019. One could be future land improvements. 

“There may be a win-win opportunity out of this for some folks,” he says. “If it's a field that has been historically wet, going to prevent plant may offer an opportunity to do a summer tile project and, improve the drainage on that farm.” 

Troendle shares more insights into keeping positive rapport with landowners, and how Hertz Farm Management is weighing Prevent Plant deadlines, planting dates, yield opportunities and crop rotation with its network. Listen below: 

Here's another story about how to talk with landlords with insights from Chris Barron. 

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