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Seward Calf Classic
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I Am Moving, I Am Learning
Parent and Child Care Provider Workshop
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LAND VALUES AND CASH LEASE RATES REPORTED - March, 20, 2013
Land Value and Cash Rental Rates ReportedDespite an extreme drought and indicators of weaker agricultural earnings on the horizon, Nebraska's agricultural land markets remain strong, with an overall increase of 25 percent in the last year, according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Following the advances of 22 and 32 percent in the previous two years, the 2013 all-land value of $3,040 per acre is more than double the value in early 2010.
"Few would disagree that this period has clearly been a land boom," said UNL agricultural economist Bruce Johnson, who leads the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Developments survey.
Survey reporters across the state reported percentage gains for all the farmland classes for the period from Feb. 1, 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013, but "the variation across the classes as well as across sub-state regions was extreme," Johnson
Drought conditions in 2012 lifted market demand for irrigated cropland, Johnson said, as irrigated land classes had the largest percentage value gains across the state.
"Income flows from irrigated land have been phenomenal in recent years, and 2012 was no exception," he said. "The combination of favorable irrigated yields while widespread drought was seen across the nation's Corn Belt fueled high crop commodity prices."
In the southern parts of Nebraska (Southwest, South, and Southeast districts) the percentage value advances for irrigated land were particularly strong over the past year.
For dryland cropland values, the percentage increases over the past year varied greatly across the state. In the Northwest and North districts, the value gains were below 10 percent, while reported values were more than 30 percent higher in the South and Southeast districts. The land class, dryland cropland with irrigation potential, shows considerable variation as well. The presence of water moratoriums across much of the state precludes irrigation development even if groundwater sources exist.
Despite the heavy toll of drought that cut forage capacity as much as 50 percent or more during the 2012 grazing season, grazing land value values still rose, Johnson said.
"Forage shortfalls for cattlemen may have actually caused a more spirited bidding for additional land just to maintain their cow herd numbers," he added. "Unfortunately, even if the drought ends quickly, it may be several years before grazing capacity may be able to return to pre-drought levels."
Survey reporters "frequently commented that current land prices being paid seem over-optimistic," Johnson said. "In turn, when asked what they expected land value movements to be for the remainder of 2013 as well as out three to five years, the vast majority saw a market which had topped out with little if any upward movement in the near future.
"In fact, a sizable number of reporters thought values could weaken somewhat in the next few years," he added.
Survey reporters also indicated that 2013 cash rental rates for cropland were up from 2012 levels. Preliminary estimates for dryland cropland cash rents in eastern Nebraska averaged about 8 percent above a year ago, while rates in the rest of the state rose 5 percent or less. The increase was much below the annual rises of the past few years, reflecting the seriousness of soil moisture deficits going into the 2013 crop year.
Across the state, center pivot irrigated cropland cash rental rates for 2013 were reportedly 13 to 15 percent above a year earlier. Reported rates for the high-third quality center pivot cropland were over $400 per acre across the eastern third of the state. The value of water in rain-deficit periods, particularly with the efficiency of the center pivot technology, is clearly being reflected in these rates.
Pasture land rates on a per-acre basis moved upward for 2013 in most regions of the state. Last year's forage production shortfalls with depleted carry-over stocks into this year have sharpened the market for pasture, even though the potential grazing output will very likely be below normal for the year. On a cow-calf pair per month basis, the rates were up from a year earlier in all regions with most districts showing gains in the 3 to 6 percent range.
Comparing the recent percentage gains in value of agricultural land classes with the associated lower percentage gains in cash rental rates indicate a continuing pattern of lower rent-to-value ratios associated with all farmland classes, Johnson said.
"At some point, the implied economic returns to land as a percent of value can fall to a point where market participants say 'enough' and no longer bid values higher," he said. "Here in Nebraska, we well may be quickly approaching that point."
The findings in this report are preliminary. A final report will be released this summer.
More information, including tables showing details of average land values for all classes of land, is at www.agecon.unl.edu. Click on the March 21 Cornhusker Economics.
There are several great educational opportunities coming up in for farmers, landowners, small business owners to participate in.
Here are several FREE Social Media & Mobile Technology Webinar Recordings that were presented in partnership by Penn State, Ohio State and University of Nebraska Extension.
- Social Media & Mobile Technology Webinar Series Recordings and PDF's.
- Mobile Usage and Payment Technology
- Introduction to Linkedin and Pinterest
- Maps/Apps – Mobile & Location based Marketing
- SM Analysis Tools for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
- Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media
- Using Content in Multiple Forms
- Keeping Up with the “Technology”
- Getting the most from Facebook
- Using Pinterest
- April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m. - Seward County Leadership Class Meets at 4-H Cottage in Seward - Dennis Kahl, UNL Extension Educator will be leadhing the last seminar of the series on the topic of "Networking in a Global World".
Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, UNL Extension Educator at Kimmel Extension Center, Nebraska City stimulated the class to think innovatively at their 7th seminar at ESU #6 and SE Communiity College in Milford on March 21. The class worked hard in identifying various roles that they may take on in the future as graduates of the 3rd Seward County Leadership class.
Farm Estate and Transition Planning Transition Workshop – March 27
York Country Club from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - No Cost
Do you have your business transition plan in place? If you are within 10 years of retiring or leaving your business, you should already have a plan on how to transition your business to a new owner. If you have family members who will be taking over the business, you should have a plan. If you don’t have family members who will be transitioned into your business, then, what are you going to do? It’s much better to transition a business to a new owner than to close the business if that is at all possible.
This Business Transition Workshop is financially supported by University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, thus there is no cost to you. The workshop is scheduled for York Country Club from 9:00-3:30 p.m. This workshop will help get you thinking about the various options and approaches needed to successfully transfer your business to a new owner.
- How do you get ready to make a plan?
- How do you review your existing plan?
- How can you be a good consumer of legal and estate planning services?
- What have others done? How has it worked?
Whether you have a business on main street, a web-based business or a farm business, eventually, your business will move into new hands or not exist at all. To get your reservation, just register for the Business Transition workshop today by calling the Rural Response Hotline at 800-464-0258 or contact Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension Educator at 402-362-5508 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Seward County Leadership Development web page to learn who the members are and what's happening with the Seward County Leadership Development class of 2012-13.
Seward County Leadership is a program developed and directed by University of Nebraska Extension's LEADING LOCALLY - Building Entrepreneurial Communities team. Monthly seminars will begin on September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continue on the 3rd Thursday of each month through April.
Contact UNL Extension in Seward County at email@example.com for more details.
UNL BeefWatch Newsletter
Check out the second (April) issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. Subscribe to receive monthly updates direct to your email inbox.
Drought Increases Toxic and Poisonous
Plant Risk to Livestock
UNL Extension Educator, Scott Cotton is reminding producers who graze livestock on range and pasture that of one of the side effects of drought can be increased risk of poisoning from toxic plants. Drought generates increased poisoning risks for livestock due to reduced availability, timing shifts and physiological changes in the “desired” forages on rangelands and pastures. More...
Stocking Rate Lease Agreements
Stocking rate, lease rate and a drought clause are key components of a grazing lease agreement. Jay Jenkins UNL Extension Educator in Cherry County recommends that people who own grazing land and those who lease it use a written agreement that addresses these three factors… more
Annie’s Project for Farm/Ranch Women
UNL Extension and Farm Credit Services of America host Annie's Project, a course to develop management and decision-making skills of farm and ranch women. Classes will be held at Thedford starting May 22 with registration preferred by May 1. Click here for a registration information . Four similar workshops are planned in Nebraska with tentative plans set for Sydney, NE. Contact your local Extension office for more information about programs in your region or go to Annies Project for more information.
Trigger Dates and Stocking Rates:
Drought Mitigation Cornerstones
UNL Extension Educator, Cindy Tusler is encouraging ranchers to use trigger dates and stocking rates as tools to help them plan and make choices related to ongoing drought conditions. A written drought management plan using these tools can assist producers in making decisions. More...
Programs for Communities (Free)
As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!
Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities! For lessons....
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT).
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.