Agricultural Guidelines-Typical Levels
|Montgomery Central Appraisal District Agriculture Guidelines-Typical Levels
The Information collected below was a result of on-site Inspection of agriculture/timber property in Montgomery County, meetings with the agriculture advisory committee and Input from the other agriculture/timber specialists In Montgomery County. The purpose of this information Is to help establish typical guidelines and/or Intensity levels.
The degree of intensity measures what the owner Is putting Into his agricultural enterprise In time, labor, equipment, management and capital, and compares it with typical levels of these “inputs” for the same type of enterprise in the area. This measurement Is intended to exclude land on which token agriculture use occurs in an effort to obtain tax relief.
No absolute standards can be set on agriculture/timber property due to the various accepted techniques and methods used by prudent operators. For this reason, each application will be reviewed and any decision as to the qualifying of non-qualifying use of the property will be based on the merits of the property in question.
IE) 50 acres = 10 Cows, 75 acres = 15 cows, 100 acres = 20 cows
IE) 200 acres = 25 cows or 400 acres = 50 cows
One mare for each additional 7 acres. IE) 41-47 acres = 7 Mares or 48-54 acres = 8 Mares.
(3 miniature mares = 1 regular mare. IE) 20-40 ac = 18 miniature mares or 41-47 ac = 21 miniature mares.
|Goats|| 1. A minimum of approximately 20 acres is required with a minimum of 24-56 Does depending on frame score to qualify 20-40 acres.
Each additional 5 acres requires 3-7 more Does depending on frame score.
2. Land can be partially wooded but must have enough grasses and other food sources from the land to support your goats.
|Sheep|| 1. A minimum of approximately 20 acres is required with a minimum of 24-56 Ewes depending on frame score Ewes to qualify 20-40 ac.
Each additional 5 acres requires 3-7 more Ewes depending on frame score.
2. Land must have enough grasses and other food sources from the land to support your sheep.
3. Sheep operations should be raising sheep for wool or mutton and not strictly to be sold for showing purposes.
|Hay||1. A minimum of approximately 5 acres is required.
2. Typically should have proof of 2 cuttings on normal years. (No drought)
3. Per cutting: 60 -100 Square Bales/Acre 3-5 Round Bales/Acre
4. Property should be fertilized heavily at first of year (300 to 500 pounds per acre) and top dressed later as needed.
5. There should typically be no animals on a hayfield during growing season. Animals may be wintered on hayfields.
|1. A minimum of approximately 3 acres is required for all three.
2. Pecans40x40 grid = 27 trees/ac, Peaches 18×18 grid = 135 trees/ac. Blueberries 5×8 grid = 1089 trees/ac
3. Must be a wholesale operation
4. Will consider each on a case by case basis.
|1. A minimum of approximately 3 acres is required with spring and fall crops.
2. Must be a wholesale operation.
3. Small operations may qualify if managed intensively and proof can be shown that produce is sold
wholesale or to the public.
|Christmas Tree Farm||1. A minimum of approximately 3 acres is required.
2. Christmas tree grids are generally a 5×5 = 1742 trees/ac or a 6×6 = 1210 trees/ac
3. Trees need to be trimmed yearly.
|Ostrich / Emus||1. Only the land actually used for breeding and raising will qualify.
2. Will consider each on a case-by-case basis.
|Catfish Farm||1. Must have proof of purchase of fingerlings and receipts of records showing sales.
2. Will consider each on a case-by-case basis.
Pursuant to Sec. 11.1825(r) of the Texas Property Tax Code, The Montgomery County Appraisal District gives public notice of the capitalization rate to be used for the 2022 Tax Year to value properties receiving exemptions under this section. Rent restricted properties vary widely. These variations can have an effect on the valuation of the property. A basic capitalization rate of 7.5% (Unloaded) will be used to value these properties; although adjustments may be made on the individual property characteristics and the information provided to the chief appraiser as required under Sections 11.182(d) and (g) of the Property Tax Code.
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