Tenants – Help Landlords Understand

By:  Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator

If you have been to any of my presentations about Agricultural Land Cash Rents, I talk a lot about the landlord/tenant relationship.  Especially, I talk about communications between the Landlord and Tenant.  It seems that when I get calls in the office, either from the tenant or landlord, most of the time the problem stems from improper, poor, or nonexistent communications.

I realize that the tenants are pretty busy this time of year, but now is a great time to be sure and communicate with landlords.  You should be reporting information about how much rain has been received, what the stands look like, what the weed, disease, or insect pressure is like; information like that.  Landlords are interested in knowing.

I also realize that under a straight cash rent agreement, providing this information is not critical or required.  I would suggest that it becomes important to share information throughout the growing season.  The landlord should receive contact from the tenant more than just when it is time to renegotiate the lease agreement.

To be honest, it is a great time to invite the landlord to walk the field with you.  If they are not mobile, load them up and take them out to their farm.  In cases where the landlord is further away, send them pictures of their farm.  This can be something as simple as attaching a picture to an e-mail or text.

By giving the landlord connection to the growing season, and the problems/challenges the farmer encounters, all this will provide the proper background information that both parties need when talking about the following year’s lease.  This will be especially critical if the hot, dry weather pattern continues for more than the next 10 days.


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For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Platte County.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail avyhnalek2@unl.edu