We feel your pain, been there, done that. We have two sons, neither of whom wanted to farm, and our machinery was done, worn out and so were we. Made the decision, bit the bullet, and moved on. At least you get to keep the land--- best decision you and your family could have made. Chin up, and keep on keeping on.
I am still actively helping my dad with the farm work whenever I can but I have not the time to devote to it to do it full time on my own and it hurts as I DO want to continue doing it. Also our machinery while not all new is far from wore out. Our corn planter and sprayer are both less than 10 years old and apart from needing some maitenance on the corn head the combine is good as well. In fact we just went over the rotor less than a month ago and put in new wear parts. Also just finished up our grain truck with a new roll over tarp and sides last month.
Yeah, been there. First the farm house was left empty, then the land was leased out. When it really hit me was when I had to ask the renter if I could go on our land. It's not like he'd say no...known him all my life...but I had to ask so he'd know who was driving around his pasture. Also, it's always good to know where the bulls are, especially when you don't know them.
We've sold our 160 acres now. Used the cash to move my mother closer to family and medical care. We moved her whole house, so now you wake up in the morning and look out then window and you're in the wrong town but the right house. It's kind of disorienting.
If we do rent out the ground I will not have to worry about whether I can go on the property or not. We have no animals or pasture and there is a lane from the township road to some of our sheds in the middle of our fields.
I have a cousin who, with her husband, own and farm the family farm in Nebraska. I reported before that they were awarded status as a pioneer farm. It has been in the same family for 100 years. At the same time, they told me they were moving to a better house and knocking down all the buildings on they're farm. I'm glad I have an aerial photo of what it used to look like.
The farm house and original buildings have been long since gone and replaced with new modern buildings which will last for many years to come. I do have memories and pictures of them though. Only thing I don't remember is the barn as it was gone before I was born as Great gram and pap had both passed on in the mid 60's and the barn was gone not long after that. I should note the farmhouse and main buildings were on a parcel of the farm that was owned by my great uncle who left them fall into disrepair after my great grandparents were gone.
As far as the land itself is concerned, no one has actively earned a living off of the farm for the past 60 years. Great gram and pap divided the farm in two parcels between my grandfather and my great uncle. My grandfathers parcel and part of my great uncles parcel are now owned by mom and dad. The remaining portion of my great uncles parcel was divided between his two children. His daughters portion is where the farmhouse used to once be and her portion of the ground we currently rent. My other cousin(great uncles son) rents his portion of the ground out to a neighboring farmer. They have farmed it for at least the last 30 years. Gram and pap farmed their parcel just as a hobby as is the case currently with mom and dad. The land has been passed down for years so it is owned free and clear so besides property taxes it costs us nothing to keep. In fact I allready know it is in mom and dads will that the land is mine down the road. Told the wife last nite that maybe somewhere down the road maybe we will be in a better situation wher I can buy a small corn planter and picker and wagons and do a little for a hobby or plant hay and bale and sell it. I allready have a good selection of tractors to use.
Edited by IHCubGuy, November 04, 2013 - 04:30 PM.