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

Midsummer in the Midwest. Corn tassels, soybeans bloom, wheat matures and all is right with the world. If you’re lucky. If your fields with wet feet dried out in time for the plants to bounce back. If the hail and wind missed your neck of the woods. It’s all about luck. Read more. Also see video clips of crop hail damage in Illinois and Minnesota.

Who will provide the solutions agriculture needs? The most innovative people in agriculture are being sought. Nominees must be under the age of 40 – from animal and crop production, biotechnology and university researchers to food and nutrition technology, farm equipment, agronomy and beyond. Do you know a leader in the ag industry who is providing solutions to the 2050 challenge? Nominate someone today! The deadline is July 30.

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

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released its Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report on May 30. USDA projects that Fiscal Year 2014 agricultural exports will reach $149.5 billion, an estimated $6.9 billion higher than previous estimates and, if realized, a new record for American farm exports. Read Report .

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.