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posted on Nov 16, 2011

Agency is an issue in the farmland real estate business.  There are folks out there who try to make you feel that they are on your side in a transaction but are they really?  Sometimes I feel buyers and sellers do not fully understand agency.  Agency to me is best explained with the use of a fence that divides buyer and seller.  What side of the fence is the real estate agent standing on?  A real estate agent in most states can work for the buyer, seller, or sometimes both.  When representing both, the agent is standing on top of the fence with very little room

posted on Nov 7, 2011

On Saturday, we auctioned 316.6 +/- acres in Randolph County, AR.  The farm included three irrigation wells, two 5,500 bushel grain bins, a T&L Pivot, and approximately 93 acres of precision leveled ground.

The farm sold for $3,050/acre.  In my opinion this was a solid selling price due to the farm’s condition and this year’s spring flood issues/levee damage.  The farm has many challenges, but it is well suited to become an excellent farm with some additional improvements.


posted on Nov 2, 2011

Last week Jeffrey Hignight and I were in Phoenix, AZ for the 82nd annual meeting of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) which coincided with Agronomics Vision 2012.  This conference provided an opportunity for investors to meet rural land professionals of ASFMRA.  The following are my thoughts from the meeting.

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.

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