You did not mention if you are going to use an existing farm field or clearing a wooded area. One consideration is if there are any wets spots, if so you might want to consider doing some surface drainage or install some field tile during the construction process, otherwise your usage will be somewhat restricted. If there are some minor dips in the proposed runway, it it might be a good time to fill them in. One of the considerations is choosing your grass type, do you intend to mow a lot, or infrequently? As someone mentioned, tall grass will lengthen your takeoff roll. I used short fescue, but would recomend you contact your County Extention Agent to see what would work best in your area. Mowing with a heavy tractor with cleated tires when it is a little damp can cause rutting and the cleats will make the strip bumpier, so keep that in mind. I mowed my strip frequently, using a 60 inch riding mower with lawn tires, pulling two 60 inch self propelled wing mowers, but did have 7 acres of runway and taxiway. Since the power lines are not major ones, it sure might be worth looking into having them buried, in order to get rid of a potential problem. I was a farmer and drainage contractor (in Illinois) with all the tools necessary to build my own strip, tile was installed, still there were times in the wet season the strip would have been damaged, had I used it. I know your climate is the same as mine was, so I am saying, don't skimp on drainage. Good luck, it will be a fun project, it is hard to beat having your own strip.
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