Cindy (cindyanne1) wrote,

Issues with the neighbors and the new ground... well, did we think there wouldn't be? :P

It's a rather tame issue, IMO... but then again I don't know as much about the farming industry as my husband.  My husband is pretty agitated about this.

Let me explain...

The neighbors we bought the 120 acres from also have a herd of dairy cattle they were wanting to sell.  We didn't buy the cattle.  The neighbors do not want to keep dairy farming (mostly because they sold the land being used as pasture, manure spreading, and silage fodder to us.)  They had an Amish man who was going to buy the cows for his son, but the son found another herd.  This Amish man has another son who will be wanting to start his own farm in the next year or so (according to my neighbor) and she's sure he will buy the herd for that son when that time comes, but of course nothing is final.  Yeah, okay.

Now onto the issue at hand...

As I mentioned above, they used to grow silage corn on this land to feed their cattle.  Basically silage corn is a certain type of corn that grows really tall and has a lot of leaves, and small underdeveloped ears.  You chop it when it's green, and put it into a silo to ferment, which essentially preserves the nutrients in it.   It's good feed for cattle. 

However, the acres on which the silage corn grows cannot grow anything else that season.  Now you can imagine what's happening and what our dilemma is...

They want us to plant them like 10 or 15 acres of silage corn so they can chop it and feed to their cattle.  They have told us they will pay us for it, but "it'll have to be on time, because we invested all the money we got from the sale of the land and we don't know how that will pay out yet."  (Remember when I told you guys about the "financial guru" they were using from Texas?  Yes, they gave all the money to him.   So who knows where it is now.)  They do not have a good history of paying their bills.  They just don't.  They are wonderful, wonderful people... but  not very financially savvy.   Basically if we do this, we'd not expect to get paid, no matter what they said.  

So... what do we do?   I've told my husband if we do this for them, it'll have to be out of the goodness of our hearts and that we don't want to see cows go hungry.  He says that if we do it, we'd miss out on approximately $5000 worth of income because we couldn't plant our money crop on that acreage, and that's if the prices are on the low side.  It could be as much as $7000  we'd miss out on, although I think $7000 is on the very high side.  Also, my husband doesn't want to start a trend.  He says if we make it too easy for them to keep the cows, they might keep them indefinitely... and we'd be doing this every year, not just one. 

Bottom line, my husband says the land is ours now... it's not like we are renting from them and have to do jack shit for them.  He is planning on planting it to soybeans, and if their cows are hungry... well, they need to find another buyer ASAP or else find another way to feed them.  He says we have a $30,000/year land payment to make on that property, and it needs to be as profitable as possible.   He says business is business.

Meanwhile, I think about my poor clueless neighbors and their hungry cows and I think... why not be a good Samaritan and help them out?  Maybe write up something to the effect of we'll do it only this year?   I feel bad that their buyer for the cattle fell through, but they do need to do more to find another buyer, IMO, and not just wait for this Amish guy's other son to grow up... that's kind of silly.  But it wouldn't hurt to help them have a little more time, would it? 

Poor cows.  :(



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