Once upon a time, farming was simply a way of life. However, these days, most people rely on a smaller portion of farmers and agricultural business owners to produce the crops and goods they need. If you are just getting into the agricultural business, you are taking a huge leap into a business that can have a shaky start and your success usually depends on your knowledge base and your land. One person you may not think to bring in for help is a land surveyor. However, a land surveyor can offer you some incredibly insightful advice as a new agricultural business owner.
Learn about definitive property lines, access points, and right of ways to your crop land.
One of the most important things you can do as a farmer is learn exactly how your land is laid out and how it can be accessed. If it has been a while since the property you own has been surveyed, you could be going by outdated data to layout your fields and crops, which can lead you to problems if you overstep your boundaries. A professional surveyor can give you accurate information about property lines, mark them, and even provide you with information about where you will be allowed to access your property through shared right-of-ways with surrounding property owners.
Get a better understanding of groundwater supplies in the area.
In some farm settings, it is logical to rely on the groundwater that is available instead of the local water supply. Yet, in order to do this, you have to get a good understanding of where the water table is beneath your property, how hard it would be to access to install a well, and how much water is available. Most land surveyors have the geological equipment necessary to give you a good idea of all of this information.
Find out how the slope of your property could affect your crops.
Most people who are new to the farming business assume that terrain is easy enough to assess simply by walking over it on foot, but it is a much better idea to have a land surveyor give you a detailed geological assessment of your property. This assessment shows you where every slope and contour of the land is located, which can give you great insight into how water, wind, and sunlight will interact with the crops you plant in certain areas.Share