September 16, 2019

Leasing Land

by Michael Langemeier

A series of leasing articles that discuss cash rents and land values…


Leasing Principles for Cropland

June 8, 2019

When examining the leasing option, a farm needs to decide, along with the landowner, whether they want to use a cash lease, a crop share lease, or a flexible cash lease.

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Providing Reports for Crop Landowners

July 8, 2019

Communicating is prudent for a tenant to provide updates of crop conditions throughout the year and make sure that crop shares and possible bonuses emanating from flexible cash leases are understood by both parties.

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Flexible Cash Rent Leases

August 15, 2019

Switching from a fixed cash rent lease to a flexible cash rent lease allows a lower base rent to be established while simultaneously allowing landowners to share in relatively high crop revenues if they occur.

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Incorporating Conservation Practices and Improvements into Cropland Leases?

September 16, 2019

Most operators are interested in renting ground for a long period of time, so they are also interested in long-run productivity and the soil health of each tract of land that they farm.

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Should I Use an Annual or a Multi-Year Cropland Lease?

October 14, 2019

A vast majority of cropland leases are in effect for only one year. Multi-year leases provide incentives for tenants and landowners to invest in long-term improvements, maintain soil fertility, and encourage conservation practices.

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Long-run Cash Rent

October 28, 2020

Examine breakeven prices, earnings per acre, breakeven cash rents, and trends in working capital with this spreadsheet tool.


Fall 2020 Crop Outlook Webinar

September 11, 2020

Recorded September 11, 2020 | Purdue agricultural economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert discussed USDA’s September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports.


Indiana Farmland Values & Cash Rental Rates: 2020 Update Webinar

August 7, 2020

Recorded August 7, 2020 | Purdue ag economists Todd Kuethe, James Mintert, and Michael Langemeier discuss the latest Purdue Land Values Survey and USDA’s Land Values report.



February Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m. EST for an updated corn and soybean outlook following release of USDA’s February Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) reports. Registration is free but necessary to receive the link to join live or get notice of the webinar recording.

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January Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

January 13, 2021

Recorded January 13 | Purdue ag economists Michael Langemeier, Nathanael Thompson and James Mintert discussed the updated corn and soybean outlook following release of USDA’s January Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) reports.


Financial Management – Statements & Analysis

October 13, 2020

A series of financial management articles that examine financial statements and financial analysis. Financial management involves the evaluation of liquidity and solvency, financial planning, acquisition and use of financial resources, asset purchases and farm growth, and relationships with agricultural lenders.


Indiana Farmland Values Increase But Signal Concern of Potential COVID-19 Slump

July 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will be the defining economic event of 2020. As documented in the previous Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, the pandemic has had a profound impact on the Indiana food and agriculture sector. Land is the farm sector’s largest input, and as a result, farmland values generally reflect broad trends in the costs and returns of agricultural production. The 2020 Purdue Land Values and Cash Rents Survey suggests that farmland prices across the State generally improved on a year-to-year basis.


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