Murray Wise Ag Notes.

In Memory of Rick Baker

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.

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Here Come Higher Interest Rates

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.

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Florida Citrus Greening -- What Comes Next?

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. 

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The New Administration and Agriculture - Key Issues to Watch

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. 

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“If it’s any good, it’s gone pretty fast” - John Kirkpatrick on IA Farmland

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.

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Reality may hit for some farmers as grains go to market

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. 


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LandCast: A good opportunity for local owners, operators, and investors in Missouri

October 10, 2016

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Though interest rates are among the dynamics that stir the market for farmland we’ve rarely felt compelled to comment on their impact outside of that market.

August 25, 2016

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You can still get a good price for your farm, but you’ll have to cast a wider net

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.

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Neighborhoods Matter

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. 


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About Murray Wise

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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