February 6, 2017
As this is written, it is almost certain that the Fed will increase short term rates in 2017. In addition, rates have already been trending up slightly for the past few months. Inflationary pressure is peeking around the corner in the form of higher wages (including the many minimum wage laws effective January 1, 2017) and an apparent growth trend. Oil prices are also trending upward modestly since the recent OPEN agreement. In addition to signaling rate increases, the Fed has intimated that it would not be displeased with an incremental increase in inflation.
February 1, 2017
The situation sounds like the plot of some horror movie in which a small, nearly microscopic, parasite destroys civilization as we know it. Unfortunately, that is nearly the real world situation that has been facing Florida orange growers for the better part of a decade.
January 18, 2017
The election ended with a surprising winner and in my judgement, is likely to lead to an administration long on more surprises. We really don’t know what the new administration’s policies affecting agriculture will be. We’ve been witness to a range of possibilities accompanied by predictions of great success or abysmal failure depending on the political position of the predictors.
December 28, 2016
“If it’s any good, it’s gone pretty fast” - John Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Iowa Farmer Today about Iowa farmland; see what else he had to say about farmland values and rents in the article.
October 11, 2016
Now that the harvest is under way, there’s no avoiding the question of how lower corn and soybean prices will affect the viability of some farm operations. Most will probably be fine, but others are expected to start running short on cash, and a loss on this year’s crop won’t help. Meanwhile, we’re seeing signs that lenders are concerned about the cumulative impact of several rough years. Many lenders are taking steps to move quickly in the case of missed payments.
October 10, 2016
May 11, 2016
For more than a decade, we saw Midwest farmland prices rising steadily, year after year. Farmers and farmland investors saw their net worth increase dramatically, and many realized their long-term profits by selling into a rising market. Others held back. Now, after two or three years of flat to falling prices, they’re asking if it’s too late.
June 1, 2015
May 22, 2015
For several years now, everybody’s focus has been on farmland prices, and notably on the dramatic rise in prices per acre. But now, we’re seeing a shift to something even more basic: Farm profitability.
October 31, 2014
Murray Wise and I have been marketing land together for 23 years, and if there's anything we've learned in all that time, it is that demand for land can be affected by numerous factors that may not always be obvious. And right now, the Florida land market is benefiting from a powerful combination of factors. Let's take a look at some of them.
Murray Wise founded the Westchester Group in 1986 after acquiring the Champaign, IL division of the Sandage Companies, a traditional farm management and brokerage firm…
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Sold! 390 acres near Commercial Point, OH sold for $3,050,000 to one local buyer. pic.twitter.com/vmUVeg3Qh6
Great auction last night with The Wendt Group. Sold to two bidders after active bidding. Final price $2,275,000. #AshlandOhio 386 Acres pic.twitter.com/PZUaBwxqqW
Sold! 849 acres in Richland & Huron Counties, OH sold today at auction for $7,458,000 to 10 separate buyers. http://www.murraywiseassociates.com/farmland-real-estate/auction/ItemId/113/Ohio/Richland-Huron-Counties … pic.twitter.com/HST5OSNJWN
Sold! 937 acres sold at auction this afternoon for $2,141,370 (includes Buyers Premium). pic.twitter.com/mG6s5Zvxum
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