December 4, 2017
The market for midwestern agricultural land this year has been extremely slow, probably the slowest I’ve seen in 30 years. Based on a relatively small number of transactions, I am seeing higher-quality land maintain its value, while lesser-quality ground has been seeing greater declines.
August 18, 2017
We remember with great fondness and admiration our longtime friend and Wise Ag Update editor, Rick Baker.
Rick had an amazing way with words and we will miss his presence in the pages of our newsletter. More than anything though, we will miss his friendship.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carol and their family.
March 22, 2016
I must have seen it a thousand times. A farm sells for a high price and the owner of a nearby farm perks up. His farm, after all, has similar soil types and on the surface looks almost identical. Can he get the same price?
Maybe, maybe not.
November 24, 2015
To read the headlines, you might get the idea that farmland prices are teetering on a ledge, poised for a big fall. The common script is that weak commodity prices will pull land prices down with them. So why did 160 acres of farmland in Champaign County, Illinois, sell on Nov. 18 for $13,156 per acre?
September 28, 2015
Most of our day-to-day conversation lately has addressed short term questions. How big will the harvest be? What does the future hold for commodity prices? What's the direction of land prices and rents? Those are natural questions, especially this time of year when the harvest is taking shape. But most of these are factors over which we have little control in the short term.
So let's talk about what we can control: Rent. Specifically, rental agreements based on commodity prices that no longer exist.
January 27, 2015
People are constantly asking me whether it’s a good time to buy farmland. Others want to know if it’s a good time to sell. The answer is yes to both – depending on your needs and objectives, of course. I talk about why in these two short landcasts. Happy listening!
December 10, 2014
“What will my farm bring?”
That is one of the most difficult questions I hear from people who are trying to decide whether to offer their farmland at auction. Markets are constantly changing, and no two farms are exactly alike.
November 10, 2014
I had the privilege of speaking at length recently with Victoria G. Myers, Senior Editor of Progressive Farmer Magazine. Here's an out-take based on my comments, which appeared in the November edition. (Used by permission.)
August 11, 2014
June 24, 2014
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Prices for high quality IL land are generally holding firm, even rising in some areas of the state, while farm income has been going down. The pinch on operating income has not had a drastic effect on the value of high quality farmland.
Why is this?
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