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posted on Aug 28, 2012

In the last few years, marketing options with commercial grain elevators have become severely limited.  We recently received a letter from one commercial grain elevator regarding marketing options at harvest.  This particular elevator stated that they no longer offer a storage program and all grain delivered would be applied to a contract or sold daily.

posted on Jul 9, 2012

Mark Twain is attributed with the quote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”  As the drought persists many farms in the Delta with surface irrigation are watching the reservoirs and tail-water-recovery systems go dry.  As I write, parts of the Delta have received small scattered showers but not enough to eliminate the drought.

posted on May 8, 2012

The Mississippi Delta Region was a swampy wetland before the rivers were levied.  The levees allowed pioneers to cut timber and farm new land.  In 1985, the US Congress passed the Food Security Act of 1985 which contained language that made it illegal to convert any new wetland to crop production.

Over the years, regulations from the Corp of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, and United States Department of Agriculture pertaining to the Food Security Act of 1985 and subsequent farm legislation have eroded property rights.

posted on May 2, 2012

A recent study by the Texas Transportation Institute’s Center for Port and Waterways at Texas A&M University reviewed the societal, environmental, and safety impacts of inland barge, highway, and rail transportation.  The study titled “A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public” can be found at

posted on Mar 27, 2012

On several occasions when visiting with landowners, the most common question asked is why land sells for such a higher price in the Midwest compared to the Mississippi Delta region although yields on corn and soybeans can be similar.

One of my answers to landowners is that Midwest production is more profitable meaning their margins are greater, therefore a greater share can go towards land rent.  Higher land rent leads to higher land prices.  The table below precisely demonstrates why land prices are higher in the Midwest due to a higher return.

posted on Mar 19, 2012

On Friday, March 09, 2012 Glaub Farm Management auctioned 567 +/- acres in Craighead and Lawrence County, AR.  The cropland was approximately 527 +/- acres and averaged $4,014/acre!  Tracts 1 & 2 sold together at $4,034/acre.  Tract 3 sold at $3,900/acre.  Tract 4 was a recreational piece and had two bidders at the auction.  The final bid was rejected due to not meeting the owner’s reserve.  This particular tract was land locked and had no legal easement which limited the interest.

posted on Mar 6, 2012

Glaub Farm Management is proud to announce the hiring of two interns who are students at Arkansas State University.

posted on Feb 15, 2012

Recently I spoke to the Arkansas Seed Growers Association and the Arkansas Rice Growers Association about the advantages and disadvantages of on-farm grain bins.  As an economist, my answer to the question “Are grain bins profitable?” is it depends.  If a whole farm is managed efficiently, grain bins can be very profitable.

posted on Feb 2, 2012

Recently, I attended the Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference held at Arkansas State University.  The conference had a range of speakers from state government to private companies.  In the Mississippi Delta Region, producing rice on average takes twice the water as corn, soybeans, or cotton.  The the amount of water needed can be reduced with land grading by as much as 40% comparing contour levee rice to zero grade rice.  Other water and energy savings can come from the use of poly pipe, irrigation scheduling, and correct holes sizes in irrigation poly pipe.&nbsp

posted on Jan 27, 2012

When visiting with someone about selling, I generally ask “What will you do with the proceeds and have you visited with a CPA about tax consequences?”  Tax implications can be very significant when selling real estate.  Traditionally, most sellers receive proceeds by cashing out, a 1031 exchange, or owner financing.  I recently read about another option called a deferred sales trust.

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