How do I qualify for an Agricultural Tax Exemption?

In order to qualify for an agricultural tax exemption, the primary usage of the land must be agriculture and it must be used to the intensity of other agricultural properties in the area. In return for the tax exemption, the property is devoting the next five to seven years to agriculture. Although the primary usage of the land must be agriculture, the owner does not have to make majority of their income from farming or ranching. Examples of agricultural usage would be cultivating crops, raising livestock, and raising exotic animals. However, feeding the indigenous deer or harvesting native plants would… Read More

How do I qualify for a Wildlife Tax Exemption?

In 1995, Texas Voters passed legislation to allow landowners to convert their currently agricultural exempt property to a wildlife exemption in order to help allow for breeding, migration, and population for human usage. In order to qualify, landowners must meet three out of the seven qualifications. The qualification are habitat control, predator control, erosion control, providing water, proving food, providing shelter, and making census counts to monitor population. In order to register for a wildlife tax exemption, your property must be an agricultural exempt property for at least a year prior. This means that the year before you file as… Read More

High Fence Properties

A lot of people wonder how can a high fence property benefit them. There are various benefits of these types of properties. The first advantage is that you do not have to deal with neighbor influence. With higher fenced properties no one can climb your fence and cut a hole in it in order to shoot your game. You don’t have to worry about anyone bothering you. Another advantage is being able to keep track of your very own deer population. You know exactly how many deer you have and how many you need to keep in order to keep your… Read More

Texas Fish and Wildlife Department

There are various ways to get involved in the Texas Fish and Wildlife Department. The various features allow for there to be something everyone can do to get involved or help. The first way to get involved is to donate money to the Texas Fish and Wildlife Department. The money will help them with keeping their state parks up and running as well as other priority conservation and outdoor recreation needs in Texas. You can choose to donate to any department, like the Texas Game Wardens, Nature Wildlife and Endangered Species, and many more. Another way to get involved is… Read More

Information on Cattle Ranching

Cattle ranching occurs on farms when people raise large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses. People take care of the animals in order to receive something in the future like milk or maybe even beef if you were choosing to slaughter them. If you have beef cattle and would like to produce beef, there are some strict regulations to prevent the spread of disease. You have to be careful with the cow manure laying around because it can spread disease but it can also work as a fertilizer. One thing cattle ranchers have to watch out for is bad weather,… Read More

What is Sandy Soil used for?

Sandy soil is classified as having grain sizes between that of gravel and silt. It also has a grainy texture to it unlike gravel and silt due to its composition of small eroded rocks. However, because the soil is composed of large particles, it is difficult for water and nutrients to remain in the soil. This can making farming with this soil difficult. The benefits of using Sandy soil is that it is easier to use than other soils and tends to warm more rapidly than other soils in the spring. Sandy soil is best for dairy farming, watermelons, peaches… Read More

What type of grass is best for horses and cows?

When you are deciding what type of grass to plant in your pasture, you may wonder what the best one is. There are plenty to choose from that will serve the needs of horses and cows. There are numerous options, you just have to choose the one that you think is the best option.   Bermuda grass and Kleingrass are great grass options and are warm season grasses. Bermuda grass is a great type of grass because it will always regrow each year. It also doesn’t need frequent replanting because the roots will remain strong and healthy for awhile. Kleingrass… Read More

What tree types are best for land and horses?

If you want to know the best trees for somewhere with land and horses then you are in the right place. There are a number of great trees for horses and land. One being any type of fruit tree besides apples. The apples are dangerous to the horses therefore  an apple tree is not a good idea. Another one is Yew trees, they provide a great foundation and also a great amount of shade. Also they are very slow growing trees so keep that in mind when you are planting. Lastly horse chestnut is another great tree to plant. It… Read More

What type of grass is best to be grown on floodplain properties?

When dealing with a yard that floods all of the time there are various grasses that can withstand it. Seashore Paspalum ranks the best for submersion tolerance. This grass requires moderates amount of water and fertilizer.   You will also need to frequently mow this grass in order to keep a low cut. This grass will allow for moderate traffic because it will easily recover over the months. Also this grass is best for warmer seasons. This is great because it can withstand drought and heat better. This grass is naturally grown in clumps and spreads through “tillers”.         On the… Read More

How do you prevent soil erosion along creeks?

When you notice that soil erosion is occurring there are various ways you can handle it. Depending on your method it can be relatively cheap or very costly.   The first way to prevent soil erosion is through planting vegetation because plants will stabilize the so il and will prevent soil erosion. This is the most common way to prevent it because it’s simple and easy. You can also use geotextiles because they will stabilize the soil as well. There are three different types of geotextiles. The first type is a woven geotextile which refers to pavement, roads, and structures… Read More