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1 Making Sense of Farmland Lease Options by Dale Lattz, Gary Schnitkey, and Bruce Sherrick

2 2 Outline 1.Trends in farmland leasing 2.Land rents and the 2002 Farm Program 3.How much cash rent can you pay 4.Risks of alternative leases, with emphasis on “hybrid” leases

3 3 Current Situation and Trends in Farmland Leasing

4 4 Data University of Illinois – Extension farmland rent survey. Illinois Farm Business Farm Management

5 5 Percent of Leases State of Illinois Cash rent 24 % Share rent58 Share rent with supplemental rent 2 Source: U of I Extension Survey

6 6 116 (121)118 (119) 113 (123) 122 (127) 134 (120) 112 (136) 99 (110) 70 (77) 50 (84) Numbers are: Extension Survey (FBFM) 2001 Cash Rents

7 7 Number and Timing of Cash Rent Payments 41% have one payment –29% due in December, 16% in March, 14% in November 50% have two payments –First payment typically due in March/April –Second typically due in November/December 5% had three payments –Typically due in Spring, Summer, and Fall 4% had more than three payments Source: U of I Extension Survey

8 8 Range in Cash Rents, Central Illinois, 86 to 100 SPR, FBFM Farms for 2001

9 9 Tenant’s Share of Costs, Leases ---- Share of Costs % 100% -- % of leases -- Seed 96 3 Nitrogen 99 Other fertilizer 98 Lime 96 3 Burndown herbicide 93 5 Other herbicide 97 1 Insecticide 98 1 Source: U of I Extension Survey

10 10 Tenant’s Share of Costs, 2/3 Leases - Percent of Costs - 2/3 All ---- % of leases ---- Seed 6 93 Nitrogen Other fertilizer Lime Burndown herbicide Other herbicide Insecticide Source: U of I Extension Survey

11 11 Lease terms Percent of leases written –Cash rent: 60% written –Share rent: 27% written Length of written arrangements CashShare 1 year 75 % 67 % 2 years years 4 19 more than Source: U of I Extension Survey

12 12 Years Farmed by Same Farmer Cash rent: 15 years Share rent: 20 years Source: U of I Extension Survey

13 13 Continuing Trends 1.Slowly switching from share rent to cash rent leases 2.Continued increase in cash rents Two markets: “Competitive” and “Traditional” 3.Continued increases in farm size

14 14 Cash vs. Share Leasing in Illinois YearCash Leased Acres/Tillable Acres Share Leased Acres/ Tillable Acres Owned Acres/ Tillable Acres

15 15 Land Control in Northern Illinois

16 16 Land Control in Central Illinois (86 to 100 SPRs)

17 17 Land Control in Southern Illinois

18 18 Cash Rent in Illinois by Regions

19 19 Farmland Rents in Illinois, SPR (about 150 bu. corn), Central Illinois Year Cash Rent ($ Per Acre) Equivalent Cash Rent ($ Per Acre) Equivalent cash rent estimates gross returns for share rent land.

20 20 Farmland Rents in Illinois, SPR (about 120 bu. corn), Central Illinois Year Cash Rent ($ Per Acre) Equivalent Cash Rent ($ Per Acre) Equivalent cash rent estimates gross returns for share rent land.

21 21 Tillable Acres, FBFM Grain Farms YearTillable Acres Increasing, on average 2.6% per year in tillable acres

22 22 Implications of Trends 1.Farmers are bearing more of the risk because of the switch from share to cash 2.Farmers are getting less of the return 3.Cost and risk management continue to be important

23 23 Land Rents and the 2002 Farm Program

24 24 Comparison of Government Farm Program Payments Representative Illinois Grain Farms used to compare government farm program payments (2001 year) and 2002 Farm Bills compared. Production Flexibility Contract and Direct Payments compared. Market Loss Assistance/Oilseed and Maximum Counter Cyclical Payments compared. Gross revenues under different price and yield scenarios analyzed.

25 25 Characteristics of Representative Illinois Grain Farms

26 26 Characteristics of Representative Illinois Grain Farms

27 27 Farm Program Payment Comparisons

28 28 Farm Program Payment Comparisons

29 29 Farm Program Payment Comparisons

30 30 Farm Program Payment Comparisons NorthernCentralSouthern Crop returns$292.70$303.48$ Government payments Gross returns$338.73$342.99$ ¹ Corn price = $2.00, Soybean price = $5.50, Wheat price = $2.60. Estimated Gross Returns for 2001 with Good Yields and Low Price Scenario ¹ $ per acre

31 31 Farm Program Payment Comparisons NorthernCentralSouthern Crop returns$329.65$340.83$ Government payments Gross returns$355.27$363.08$ ¹ Corn price = $2.40, Soybean price = $5.60, Wheat price = $3.50. and Good Price Scenario ¹ $ per acre Estimated Gross Returns for 2002 with Good Yields

32 32 Farm Program Payment Comparisons NorthernCentralSouthern Crop returns$296.69$306.75$ Government payments Gross returns$322.31$329.00$ ¹ Corn price = $2.40, Soybean price = $5.60, Wheat price = $3.50, yields reduced by 10 percent $ per acre Estimated Gross Returns for 2002 with Low Yields and Good Price Scenario ¹

33 33 Farm Program Payment Comparisons NorthernCentralSouthern Good yields/low price$338.73$342.99$ Good yields/high price$355.27$363.08$ Low yields/high price ¹$322.31$329.00$ ¹ Yields reduced by 10 percent. Comparison of Gross Returns Under Different Yield and Price Scenarios $ per acre

34 34 Summary Direct payments slightly higher than PFC payments. Max. CC payments higher than Market Loss Assistance and Oilseed payments, but not guaranteed. In certain situations, higher prices do not offset lower yields without CC payments. New program may not justify higher cash rents.

35 35 How Much Cash Rent Can You Pay? Go to Farmland Lease Analysis tool Microsoft Excel spreadsheet Available at farmdoc in FAST section

36 36 Risk and Hybrid Leases Go to Farmland Rent Risk Evaluator Microsoft Excel spreadsheet available at farmdoc

37 37 Risk and Hybrid Leases Purpose: 1.Risk/returns of alternative leases 2.Show different lease types 3.Give ideas for negotiating with landlords

38 38 Standard Lease Types 1.Share rent – shares risk between tenant and landlord 2.Cash rent – all risk to tenant

39 39 Hybrid Lease types 3.Share rent with supplemental rent 4.Percent of crop 5.Dry bu. Lease 6.Variable cash rent Risk characteristics somewhere between share and cash lease, useful for someone who wants to move from share rent but is willing to negotiate

40 40 Custom Farming All risk to landlord Some agreements include incentive clauses

41 41 Share Rent with Supplemental Rent Same as share rent except have an additional “cash rent” per acre Example: Share receipts and expenses 50-50, and tenant pays landlord $20 per acre

42 42 Percent of Crop Tenant pays the landlord a percent of the crop Example: The tenant gives the landlord 40 percent of corn and soybean bushels. Tenant pays all crop costs.

43 43 Percent of Crop Could give title to bushels OR Calculate bushels and determine price and pay rent

44 44 Dry Bushel Lease Tenant pays landlord a fixed number of bushels Example: Tenant pays landlord 40 bu. of corn and 10 bu. of soybeans. Tenant pays all the crop costs.

45 45 Dry Bushel Lease Could give title to bushels OR Calculate bushels and determine price and pay rent

46 46 Variable Cash Rent Set base rent, base price, and base yield. Rent varies according to the following formula Base rent x Actual yield x Actual price Base yield Base price

47 47 Variable Cash Rent Example: base rent = $150, base yield = 150 bu., base price = 2.40 Actual yield = 160 bu, actual price = bu. $ x x = $ bu $2.40

48 48 Variable Cash Rent Example: base rent = $150, base yield = 150 bu., base price = 2.40 Actual yield = 140 bu, actual price = bu. $ x x = $ bu $2.40

49 49 Variable Cash Rent Need to negotiate base rent, base yield, and base price Important to specify minimum and maximum rents How actual price will be determined (in order to avoid conflicts)

50 50 Custom Farming Fixed amount, also have ability to build in incentives Example: Farmer receives $80 per acre plus 25% of corn bushels above 150 bu. –Farm yield = 160 bu., farm get 2.5 bu (i.e., 160 – 150) x.25)

51 51 Risks and Hybrid Leases Hybrid leases allow tailoring of risk and returns between landlord and tenant Many hybrid leases less risky than cash rent from farmer perspective


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