Tag: Insights

What Percentage of Cropland Acres Are Absentee Owned?

According to the USDA’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) Survey, 39% of the 916M agricultural acres in the U.S. are rented. And a good portion of those rented acres are owned by individuals or partnerships who do not directly farm the land. There is speculation that absentee owners, cropland owners who […]

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How a Grower Used Granular to Uncover an 11% Profit Difference in Two Varieties

Learn how Granular helped a real farm discover that their variety choice was costing them $800 per acre The most effective farm organizations use data to organize their production plans and make financially-driven decisions. There are common variables to consider when making these decisions that often include land costs, seed variety, fertilizers, and chemicals. Does […]

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Five Reasons why Farm Spreadsheets are no Longer Viable

Making profitable farm business decisions is difficult. We get it. Farmers have been using Excel spreadsheets for decades, so why would you want to fix what’s not broken? With the complexities that come with farming, dynamic decisions are required. Can you make the best decisions based on completely static data in farm spreadsheets?   Due to […]

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Improve How to Measure the Financial Return on Your Fields

“Financial analysis” can be associated with a wide range of reports, terms, and metrics: income statement, P&L, break-even analysis, cash position, or net profit to name a few. While these are important indicators of your farm’s financial health, the best business decisions are supported by the right slice of data at the right time, analyzed […]

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Managing Farm Risk Like a Professional

For years, Wall Street traders have used sophisticated models to measure market risk. They’re buying and selling based on this data, and billions are on the line – they’re confident in the math behind these models. The USDA uses similar models to price insurance. Can the same techniques be used to help determine your chance […]

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What are your odds of picking the right crops in 2017?

With another historically tough year ahead for farmers, it is worth spending some time looking at one of the most important financial decisions farms will make for 2017: which crops to grow. A lot of factors go into this decision: crop rotations, landowner agreements, and in particular, financial projections. In a previous post, we looked […]

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Understanding the Price of Water

AcreValue teams up with WestWater to bring transparency to water rights market Our mission at AcreValue is to help the agriculture industry understand and analyze farm values. In the West, farm values cannot be analyzed without considering access to water. As a first step towards addressing this important variable, we’ve teamed up with WestWater Research […]

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Getting Bigger and Better with Granular

Build a competitive advantage in a modernizing farmland market with Granular’s FMS and AcreValue Three years ago, Mike and I set out to build farm management software (FMS) to help farms make better business decisions by making better use of their farm data. We realized early on that while farms were using Granular FMS to […]

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Managing Profitable Farm Expansion: From the Office to the Field

A graduate of Iowa State University studying Ag business, economics, international Ag, and political science, Dakota went to work for a large diversified farming operation and private equity group in central Iowa. Working in Business Development, Dakota aided in the growth of the farm in additional states through development, acquisition, and management. Today, Dakota works […]

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