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6 types of structures to build on farmland

Corey Tyner lists 6 types of structures to consider building on farmland. 

There are a lot of activities that you can use farmland for.

From raising animals to harvesting crops and many things in between, as a farmer, you know that no matter the size of your land, there is a never-ending to-do list. 

Structures on farmland help with organisation, efficiency, and functionality. For instance, if you are raising animals, they need shelter. 

Structures are absolutely necessary in some cases. Structures can be aesthetically pleasing if you want them to be, but mostly, they must be designed to be functional. 

With this in mind, I take a look at six types of structures to build on farmland so you can consider which ones are going to be most useful for you.

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1. Barns

Barns are one of the most common structures to build on farmland because it is versatile in their use. They are helpful structures on farmland because they can provide shelter for livestock and farm animals, act as storage, or as a dedicated workspace for farmers. 

Barns are often large in size with a wood frame and either wood or metal siding. However, don’t be afraid to alter the design for what you need. 

2. Farmhouses

Farmhouses are living quarters like typical homes but located on your farmland. They can come in all shapes and sizes depending on the needs of your family. This structure serves as an on-property home for farmers and their families or sometimes even the staff. 

They are beneficial because by living on-site, you can be close to your animals in case of an emergency. Additionally, it provides extra security for your farmland because it is always being watched. 

One popular trend is utilising a small barndominium as your farmhouse. Barndominums combine a barn or workspace with a living area. The barn or workspace area typically has large garage doors to be able to pull equipment and vehicles in and out. 

One problem with this trend is that it tends to have an industrial appearance instead of a traditional home look. To avoid this, add homely exterior elements like a garage pergola or a porch.

3. Chicken coops

A chicken coop is sometimes called a chicken house. It is a small farmland structure designed to be housing for chickens. 

It keeps them out of severe weather and gives them a place to lay eggs so they are easier to collect. However, chicken coops are usually only used to keep chickens at night. 

4. Greenhouses

Greenhouses are farmland structures that are designed to grow crops in an environment without the influence of the weather. 

With a greenhouse, you can choose to grow in soil or you can use aeroponics technology. With the increasing scarcity of land, aeroponic greenhouses will become more popular structures to build on farmland. 

Depending on the design of your greenhouse, a permeable hardscape can be a great addition. If you place a permeable hardscape around the greenhouse instead of concrete, it will provide better water drainage. 

With some greenhouse designs, you can also utilize permeable hardscape as the floor so when you water your plants, the water drains and doesn’t leave a wet slippery surface. 

5. Brooder houses

Brooder houses are enclosed heated structures that provide shelter for young livestock or chickens. It will always be heated in order to mimic the warmth that baby farm animals would typically get from their mother. 

These structures are helpful on farmland because they allow for proper care of the young and give them better chances of survival, especially in harsh weather conditions. 

6. Storage structures

Though a barn can be used as storage, there are dedicated storage structures that can be built on farmland each with its own features.

Hay and feed

Since hay and feed need to keep from spoiling remain free of pests for animal health, it is often stored in their own structure, therefore, saving the farm money from spoilage and sickness.

With hay and feed storage structures, certain cleanliness and safety guidelines to prevent fires and contamination.

Buildings on farmland: Cold storage

Cold storage is temperature-controlled and is utilised to keep the harvest fresh longer. Adding cold storage structures on farmland can help minimise losses. 

Equipment storage

Equipment storage structures are usually in the form of a huge shed. Sometimes they will be a three-sided design, but farmers should consider a completely enclosed design to keep their expensive equipment in the best condition.


Silos traditionally store grain but can be used to store other materials. 

It keeps the grain or materials safe for later use or sales. Silos are great if you harvest or buy grain in bulk. 

Keep up-to-date with farming news

As you may know, things are always changing in the agricultural world. It is important to stay up to date with what is happening in the industry. 

To get all of the latest farming, trends, news, and more, thatsfarming.com is your go-to source.

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