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A Simple to Understand Variable Cash Rent Lease

  • In this interview, Gary Schnitkey outlines a simple variable cash rent agreement. It sets the minimum rent $100 below the USDA average, the maximum $!00 above that average, and adds a yield factor of  32% of the corn yield income or 43% of the soybean yield income to the minimum for central and northern Illinois. Those factors differ in southern Illinois.

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Nick Seiter, Extension Field Crops Entomologist, University of Illinois
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