Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Mon Aug 19, 2013 01:04 PM CDT

Modest Grain Farms Beat Goliaths

Don't call small grain farms the dinosaurs of agriculture just yet. Based on their recent profits, they don't have a reason to go extinct any time soon.

Small grain operations with 1,000 to 2,000 acres earned an average annual production margin (before rent) of $393/acre on their corn ground between 2008-2012, about $43/acre better each year than farms with 4,000 to 25,000 acres, a new study by the financial consulting firm AgriSolutions found.

On soybeans, the profitability gaps are even more extreme. Farms with less than 1,000 acres earned an average annual profit of $323/acre ...

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