No thought/intent to "close him out", really. He is welcomed to come and work ground or plant whenever he wants - and he does.
First renter asked for May 1 - April 30 crop year. We said ok. He was not a good renter at all - real pain in the neck. Did not pick rocks, did not mow field lane and waterways... even dug through and planted a waterway that he did not like to work around. My husband had made it shallow - so easy to drive through with tractor and equipment... but it takes water that comes from highter neighboring land, so crucial to maintain it to prevent erosion.
So with the current renter (wonderful, fabulous guy - takes care of the land as if it was his own)... we simply asked for an earlier end to the crop year so if it did not work out with him - one would have a little time to look for a different renter.
Like I said though, our current renter is just a great guy! We hope he keeps farming for a long, long time yet.
WKGY's "March 1 - March 1" crop year makes more sense. I'll ask my husband and our renter if we should just write it that way.