Should some value of dropped straw be paid to renter?
It's been a very tough year for ranchers in our area. They only got 15-25% of normal on their hay cut. One of my landlords who I cropshare with is one of these people. The landlord isn't paying any expenses. He is extremely concerned about his feed supplies and rightfully so. We have some wheat to cut on his land and he is demanding I drop the straw so he can bale it. This land is very low in OM, nutrients, and generally gets a mediocre rating as up until a few years ago when I took it on there was very little in the way of inputs and a lot of straw had been removed over the years (hence the poor quality). Building this soil back up requires a lot of fertilizer on my end and a lot of good crops spanning many years. Now I don't like to see straw removed at the best of times, but even more so on land that needs all the nutrients and OM it can get. Just as I take one step forward with this dirt I'm being forced to take 2 steps back. I do however understand the dire situation my landlord is in so I will drop the straw for him.
My question is this: on a cropshare arrangement should the renter be entitled to a portion of the value of the dropped straw and if so how much? I believe that they should be as they not only paid for all the inputs to grow the crop, but going forward those are nutrients and OM that are being removed will limit future crops yield potential and thus will be dollars out of renters (and the Landlords) pocket down the line. I've calculated the value per bale in the form of macro nutrients removed to be around $9.50/800lb bale taken from the field. That doesn't include the very important value of OM and moisture retention capabilities the straw provides. I find so many ranchers see straw as free feed. It's not and never has been. Needless to say when I posed this very question to the landlord it did not go over well at all and was was actually extremely offended and angry I would ask such a question so this may not be an issue going forward anyways if they take back the land.
What do you guys think?