Opportunity to invest in Indiana farmland is very strong. Today’s market has many similarities to the late 1980’s, where big changes and innovations in technology, data, and management are combining with market and economic factors of the global ag economy. Historically, by taking the long-view, farmland investments during similar time periods have lead to strong upticks in land values, cash rents, return to land and have been a strong hedge against inflation.
Food production from quality Midwest Indiana farmland has become increasingly significant as worldwide populations grow, climate changes affect production in the Western United States, and new technology or data science gain a strong foothold in agriculture. As such, great opportunities for investing in Indiana farmland exist today for a chance to take advantage of a period of growth, appreciation and cash flow. Historically, during times of inflation, land investments have increased as much as one and a half times said rate and are considered a vital part of an investment portfolio. This said, investing in Indiana farmland is not for everyone and those that do so understand that informed decisions are more profitable.
The fundamentals of farmland investments can be boiled down into a few key areas that a professional land broker should be well versed, adept and savvy in. Whether you are investing with cash or doing a 1031 tax deferred exchange, experience and know-how are key to profitability.
Trust, Competence & Specialization in Agricultural Farmland
It has always been said that we do business with people that we know, like and trust. This is especially true for farmland investments. A balanced knowledge of agriculture, business acumen, the local land real estate market, and soils are key to long term profitability – as professional land brokers since 1977, we have the knowledge, experience and know-how to identify the right farms and just as important, how to steer you clear of the wrong farm land investments.
Thorough Farmland Analysis
Seasoned land brokers excel at identifying farms that will provide reasonable cash returns with minimal to zero improvement costs. First time farm land investors greatly benefit from buyer’s representation where experience in the nuances of drainage, tile and soil improvements can make a significant impact on your bottom line and increase cash returns. Understanding historical data sets from prior tenants are increasingly important to savvy investors. When you choose a land broker, their knowledge of locations, soil types, drainage and farm data should be noticeable.
Every Farm is Unique
Not all soils are created alike; therefore it’s important to remember that farms in one area of Indiana can be completely different from farms in other counties. West Central Indiana counties such as Benton, Tippecanoe, Newton, Carroll, White, Warren and Montgomery contain soils that have the highest production value, price per acre and cash rents in the state of Indiana. The prices per acre for farms in these counties have a direct correlation to the production value of the land. Therefore, it is imperative that the land broker representing your purchasing interests be very familiar with area and maintains great relationships with local farmers and landowners.
Commodity Markets, Drainage & Rent to Value
Investing in farm land is a serious endeavor and attention to detail can mean the difference in as much as six figures worth of returns down the road. Investors deserve first class service from a land broker that can deliver on the details. Land brokers worth a darn do more than shuffle paperwork, they have the right tools to do the job, the ability to gather proper information, research and analyze major components of profitability such as soil type, soil drainage and tile systems, as well as cash rent rates, commodity and market expectations – most importantly, a professional land broker can tell you how these factors affect current and future land values.
Farm land investing requires thinking long-term. As you read this article, Indiana farms are being sold at prices that are prime for reasonable annual returns and potential increase in future value (appreciation) and price per acre. Opportunity exists today that may not be here tomorrow as inventory is low and more and more buyers enter the market – purchasing land we list for sale in record time frames. Farm land real estate experts agree that the long term outlook for farm land investments is very strong and the time for investment opportunity is today.
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About the Author
Johnny Klemme is a published author, graduate of Purdue University and Land Broker specializing in farm ground in West Central Indiana. Born and raised on a local farm, his commentary, interviews with Ag experts & reporting on issues important to farming and farmland real estate can be found at www.PrairieFarmland.com/blog
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