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Can ranch land be converted to farmland?


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February 03, 2009 10:50PM

If by ranch land you are referring to the large ranches found in western TX, NM, CO, WY, etc, then no. Typically the land and region is suitable for maintaining native grass pastures that evolved to survive a harsh environment with high heat, wind, and little water. To grow say, corn, on 1000 acres in Midland, TX, it would likely cost you ten times what the end product would sell for just to water it. That's assuming the 115F summers with constant 40 mph wind blasting it all day long did not kill it long before it was production ready.