Capital Agricultural Property Services (CAPS)

Capital Agricultural Property Services (CAPS) offers farm management to all types of property owners and investors nationwide. CAPS real estate professionals provide brokerage services for farms for sale via private treaty or auction, as well as buyer broker representation. CAPS’ offices and associates are strategically located in the prime agricultural regions of the U. S. giving us a unique perspective and skill set to help landowners meet their goals and objectives. In 2011, CAPS celebrated its 25th year as an agricultural leader in farmland real estate sales and property management.

Farm Industry News and Updates

Nelson Crow walks through his Winchester, Ark., soybeans pointing out the abundance of four-bean pods. Following last year’s undeniable success — when he became the first Arkansan to break the 100-bushel yield barrier in the state’s yield challenge contest — Crow is considering the possibility of a repeat. It could easily happen; his 2014 contest field is loaded. Read more.

Bumpy Road Ahead? Midwest Cash Rents for 2015: We are now entering the time of year when discussions start to surface between the landowner and tenant on what the cash rent may be for the following year. The last few years, the landowner has been in the driver’s seat as record high commodity prices, along with record high net farm income, allowed cash rent values to climb to all time highs. As a landowner, how do you know what to charge for cash rent in 2015?  Read more.

Big Data: Who owns it, who has access, and who controls it? There is a lot being written about Big Data, and some are equating it to the mechanization revolution that hit agriculture in the last century – suddenly more could be produced with less labor and reduced inputs. So it can be with Big Data. It’s a further adaptation of technology that has been building and gaining acceptance for years. Read more.

First Gallon of Cellulosic Ethanol Produced:, Quad County Corn Processors has produced the Iowa’s first-ever gallon of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol. The northwest Iowa company built a $9 million cellulosic ethanol facility next to its existing 35 million-gallon corn-based ethanol plant near Galva in western Iowa. The new plant will turn corn kernel fiber into 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, improve the protein in its dried distillers grain by 40 percent, and boost corn oil extraction by 300 percent. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. It has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually. Read more: The costs, benefits of producing cellulosic ethanol

Land leases or rental agreements are an important part of farmland management. A recent Iowa State University bulletin presents some of the risks and rewards of different lease types: Link to Article

CAPS’ Executive Manager Tim Harris gave a presentation on farmland leases to land owners. The talk has been broken into three video clips, Land Lease Basics, Negotiation Tips and Determining Rental Rates. The clips can be viewed on the CAPS YouTube Channel.