Anytime you deal with land purchases, you take a chance that what you get is going to be perfect for your needs. If you are going to use the land for farming, you need to make sure that the land is appropriate for your needs. Here are some things to consider before you start looking for farmland for sale, and when you get ready to buy the one you found:
Where To Start
When you start looking at land for farming, you first need to decide where you want your farm to be located. Take the time to consider the crop you want to raise and if the location you are considering is convenient to a buyer for that crop. If the market is all potatoes and you are growing corn, you might have to ship the crop to sell it at an added cost. The result is adding cost to your profit and in agricultural markets, the profit margins are already low. In this case, location really does matter.
Climate and Soil
Another consideration is the soil that is on the land. You may want to have it tested to be sure it will support a crop before you spend the money for preparing and sowing the field. The climate needs to be a match for the crop you want to grow as well. If the soil and climate are a good fit for your crop, you might be in good shape. In some cases, the soil can be amended to make it better suited for growing your crop but the added cost may not be worth it in the long run. You will need to evaluate that before you make your purchase.
If the land is a great fit for you, you need to check with zoning to be sure that you can have a farm in that location. Some towns or cities may have restrictions on the use of the land so talk with the real estate agent you are working with and check with the town or city to ensure that you can do what you have in mind with the property.
Livestock and Animals
If your farm will include livestock or animals, you need to be sure that your town will allow that as well. Livestock and other animals can be a great addition to your farm and can provide resources like manure for fertilizing and things like eggs, milk, or meat for your family. All of these things can help you offset your cost a little and make it easier to keep your farm running day to day.