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About Delta88

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  1. Land rent contracts

    A few years back ($13 beans/$6 corn) producers down here would pay the high rent as long as they had some owned land with a lot of equity or some low rental units to create a weighted average of total rents that kept them profitable. Now I think the key is knowing your costs of production on each commodity you produce. Once you know that you can then determine what you can pay for a piece of ground. Gone are the days of renting something first and then trying to figure out how you can make it work. Enterprise budgeting is as important as overall cash flow. A place has to pay for itself; and each commodity unit on that parcel has to pay for itself. Staying in an unprofitable rental unit just to say your farming is insane.
  2. Building a Sentry Module

    Looks like this project is going to be a success. Anybody care to speculate what it might do to the values of the 88's?
  3. Land rent contracts

    I manage land for a living and have farmed as well. The best lease is the one that everyone makes money. Multi year leases benefit the producer primarily in the area of fertilization programs and management of debt service. The fertility program also benefits the landowner. Multi year leases look good on paper but are always in favor of a tenant. They can walk away any time for any reason particularly not getting financed. Never seen a landlord sue anyone for failing to farm a place. Flex leases are popular around here where a minimum cash is used with a rider based on anything above a certain yield. In regards to cash rents more and more landlords are moving to splitting the rent; 1/2 in the spring and 1/2 in the fall ; or all up front. Another factor is the term left on the farm bill. Most landlords and their agents are not leasing through (past) the expiration of the farm bill - which is the end of next year. Although there want likely be any major changes most people in the industry want to see what is going to be available in the risk management arena. All depends on what you can live with. From what I have been seeing rents have adjusted accordingly to the economic climate we're in. Some high rent landlords are still out of touch but most are reasonable in their expectations; especially if they have farmed before. I tell people its not the rent that is the problem; its the high costs of production coming from the inputs and other direct expenses.
  4. Building a Sentry Module

    Wish you the best; watching with interest. Like Mike said in another post these are great tractors and anything we can do to keep them going the better for all of us.
  5. Building a Sentry Module

    What type of box (Container) and cover are you using? Looks sharp.
  6. Building a Sentry Module

    There would be a market for them; small but still a real need. At over $2000 from CaseIH its cost is close to 20% of the tractor in some cases.
  7. Building a Sentry Module

    Is the patent still valid?
  8. Fuel additive amount

    Marvel Mystery oil is what I use.
  9. One of the greatest stories from WWII. Have read Thirty Seconds over Tokyo more times over than any other book.
  10. Delta Dirt , Old Tanker

    Excellent trout fishing in the Heber Springs and Mountain Home areas of Arkansas. My wife and I go there a lot. We are seeing a lot of upper Mid West people (particularly out of Chicago area) settle in North AR/South Missouri.
  11. Delta Dirt , Old Tanker

    Nice to know there are some local boys on the forum. I am a native of Clarksdale but now reside in Memphis. My work (farm Management) takes me back to the Delta about twice a month. Finding the older I get the more I want to be "closer" to the country.
  12. Farming after heart surgery??

    The problem is the farmer lifestyle. Late dinners after all day field work. lack of proper rest; no exercise; etc. Worry and anxiety more than most professions. My father had triple bypass in the mid 70's; first thing the Houston Doctor told him was to get out of agriculture as a profession.
  13. 5288 Aux Fuel

    If the sender is bad in the bottom tank you will probably decide to remove it. Its over $300 last time I checked. I removed it on both of my 52's. Main tank at 70 gallons is enough.
  14. 86 series with no A/C ?

    Most of the 86's sold in the Mid South were open station. Farmers in that era didn't believe in wasting the extra money for "comfort" when labor was more plentiful.
  15. 5488 shifter

    There is a bolt that acts like a set screw down there; it may have worked its way loose. You access it under the cab hehind the battery box. I have heard some people say on the forum that the slot the lever goes into has to be built up sometimes with a welder. Check the bolt first.