I'm not sure if this is the place for this but...
My partner and I are renting a small cottage on a large amount of land (300 acres roughly) that happens to be for sale. My partner's father is a potato farmer and is planning to buy the land and my partner wants to go shares so that we have the area with our house and a bit of the land. The best land will go to the potato farming of course, and what we'll get is the 'leftovers'. (Mainly bush and a bit of clear land which also happens to be infested with double Gs)
So it's not looking good for my dreams of having a nice horse property.
Now my partner's father is very easy going and because the potato crops are rotated, there should always be some land for me to keep horses should I want to. The problem I have is that this potato farm is by no means organic. First, before the crops are put in, they put some really nasty chemical in the ground that kills everything (methan or something like that?) then plant the potatos along with fertilising them with super (not sure exactly what this contains, I think it's mainly nitrogen), and then while they're growing they're continuously sprayed (chemicals added to the water that irrigates them) for bugs and whatnot. Lastly, when the crops are finishing, they are sprayed to kill off the plants before the potatos are harvested.
After it's harvested the ground is seeded for pasture and then it'll be rested for two to three years (and grazed by sheep) before the process goes again. My question is
would you graze your horses on this pasture after all those chemicals have gone into the ground? I'm really quite uneasy about it, and if I could have some good land for myself and my horses that I could set up as I pleased, it would be an easy decision to go ahead with buying the place, I just don't think that will happen.
Sorry for the length, just wanted to explain the situation properly, also having a bit of a whinge, lol!