The damage to farm crops by wildlife should not be underestimated. In recent years, complaints by farmers
concerning crop losses that were caused by deer, geese, and other wildlife
have increased significantly. Control
measures for these animals are limited, since the government protects many
wildlife species. Avoiding their
favored habitat is the best way of reducing wildlife’s impact on crop
production. Farms located near
woodland are going to have deer problems and resident Canadian geese will
live year-round near farm ponds.
The size of the farm has the most to do with how much land the operator has
to farm. While rented ground may be
available, it is unwise to rely too much on it for your farm business because
you can always lose it to someone else.
The soil type and soil conditions, such as poor drainage will affect
what can be grown on the farm. What
you plan to do on the farm will affect what you need from a farm. Grazing animals on pasture does not require
the farm to have excellent soils.
Also, not all of the land on the farm may be useable for crop
production, some may be in trees, wetlands, or too hilly.