Blogs by Ryan Ferguson

The Risks and Benefits of Grazing Cover Crops

 June 17, 2024
 Land Management 

The benefits of cover crops have long been celebrated in the agriculture community. Hailed as unsung heroes, they are known to prevent erosion, improve soil structure, and suppress weeds. Grazing cover crops is simply the next logical chapter in the regenerative saga. Soil enthusiasts champion this natural method of maintaining soil fertility, likening it to nature's own recycling program.

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Eminent Domain Valuation

 June 13, 2024
 Land Values 

Farmland owners face several challenges to ownership related to utility companies, pipeline companies, highways, and others who need to acquire property for a potential new corridor through their land. There are increasing demands for power and energy sources which is leading to increased demands from agencies needing to acquire land. It is important for landowners and companies that need to acquire a corridor to understand the process of completing appraisals for eminent domain purposes.

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Iowa Farm Manager Earns Highest Professional Status

 March 1, 2024
 Land Management 

Paul Anderson, AFM, Peoples Company, Indianola, IA, has been awarded the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®).

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Commercial Real Estate vs. Farmland

 December 27, 2023
 Land Values   Industry Insights 

After reading yet another negative headline on the $20 trillion commercial real estate (CRE) market, I was reminded of the investment characteristic I once assumed the CRE market shared with the $4 trillion farmland market.

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How to Grow Better Food Plots

 October 11, 2023
 Land Management 

White-tailed deer are one of the most iconic wildlife species across the country and, by far, the most hunted big game species. Managing populations and herd health is an important aspect of maximizing hunting opportunities. One effective way to support your local deer population is by planting food plots. Once established, food plots provide supplemental nutrition for deer, especially during critical times like winter and early spring when natural forage is scarce. Soil fertility, plant selection, and weed control are just a few of the key components that contribute to the overall success of deer food plots.

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What is a Multi-Parcel Auction?

 September 11, 2023
 Land Auctions 

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Property Valuation: Asking Price vs. Sale Price

 June 19, 2023
 Land Auctions 

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Which Fruit Trees Grow Best in Iowa?

 March 14, 2023
 Land Management 

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Pasture Lease Considerations

 November 22, 2022
 Land Management 

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Challenges in the Valuation of Permanent Plantings

 June 20, 2022
 Land Values 

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