building a landscape on farmland - soil issues?
My family and I are strongly considering buying a building lot, most likely in the area around York, PA.
Most of the larger lots we're looking for (5+ acres) are currently active farmland.
What are some things to watch out for? Most of the property will be landscaped in a semi-natural way - some large trees, etc. Some more intense/managed landscape closer to the house and front yard area, and a small area for veggie and fruit growing and maybe some chickens too.
My concerns are hardpan/compaction due to overtillage, high pH due to overliming.
What should I watch out for, and what should I do about it?
Would a one-time once over with a good deep chisel plow (I could probably pay a local farmer to do it) be a good idea to break up any compaction? Doing it maybe in August or so when soil is likely the driest?