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posted on Oct 25, 2011

Uncertainty in global markets along with low interest rates and a strong agricultural sector has caused many investors to eye farmland as an investment opportunity.  Farmland can be an excellent asset within an investment portfolio.  Many investors decide to work with a real estate professional specialized in farmland to ensure a sound investment while others will find property to purchase through their own sources.

The following are main items to identify when investing in farmland throughout the Delta Region to ensure a sound investment.

posted on Oct 17, 2011

As harvest concludes, some landowners start to consider selling their farmland.  Some will try to sell their land independently.  Others will work with a real estate professional specialized in farmland to help make a smooth transaction.  The following are tips for sellers whether they hire a real estate professional or sell themselves.

posted on Oct 4, 2011

Net share leases are very common in the Mississippi Delta.  They typically range from an 80/20 or 75/25 net share where the landowner receives 20% or 25% of the production and does not pay any production expenses.  Generally, the landowner provides the irrigation (well, pump, gearhead) under this arrangement.

posted on Sep 20, 2011

Professional farm management is in essence agricultural asset management.  Instead of managing paper assets such as stocks and bonds, a farm manager manages hard assets such as land, commodities, timber, irrigation wells, grain bins, and other assets used to create profitable operations for their client.  The goal of a professional farm manager is to provide services that maximize their client’s return and asset monetary worth.

posted on Sep 12, 2011

Seed technologies such as glyphosate (Round-up) tolerant soybeans, corn, and cotton and  imidazolinone (Newpath) tolerant rice have made production agriculture easier and allowed for greater yield potential and profitability.  But good things can be overused which is the case for glyphosate as the main weed control herbicide in multiple crops.

posted on Sep 6, 2011

Corn Harvest is rapidly moving north and almost complete in the Mississippi Delta.  As I travel throughout the countryside it becomes evident farmers and landowners can still make major improvements on the efficiency of not only corn harvest but all crops.

Grain bins improve corn harvesting efficiency, timeliness, marketing options, and reduces harvesting costs.  For example the attached picture is a corn price discount schedule based on moisture from a large grain company.

posted on Aug 29, 2011

Why I’m a member of The REALTORS® Land Institute

Since 1995 I have been a member of The REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI).  This organization provides me as a land specialist information to continually build knowledge and the opportunity to build relationships with other professionals involved in leasing, selling, developing, and managing the ultimate asset; land.

posted on Aug 23, 2011

Yesterday we auctioned a 160 +/- acres in Clay County, AR, 140.45 +/- acres in Dunklin County, MO, and 23.91 +/- acres in Pemiscot County, MO.  Both the Clay and Dunklin County tracts were irrigated by a pivot.  The soils are a fine sandy loam.  The Clay County tract also included a 50’x90’ shop building.  The Pemiscot County tract was in the city limits of Caruthersville, MO.  It is currently being cultivated but is zoned for single family residential use.

posted on Aug 16, 2011

Cropland Values Continue to Rise in the Mississippi Delta Region According to USDA

On August 4, 2011 USDA released its Land Values 2011 Summary and Cash Rents.  The land values and cash rents are averages across an entire state.  Since this is an average it is easy to find recent transactions that were lower or higher than what USDA shows.  Although these are average land values, it does give us useful information about trends.

posted on Jul 28, 2011

As communication tools advance and change we at Glaub Farm Management try to image how we can use these tools to provide relative information to our clients, farmland landowners, and prospective farmland investors. We see the use of blogging as a great tool to communicate and foster an open discussion to our clients, farmland owners, and potential farmland owners over a range of topics concerning farmland ownership in the Mississippi Delta region.

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