German Mandrini

German is a Data Scientist at FBN, working at the intersection of data science, agronomy, and finance. He comes from a family farm, and agriculture has guided much of his career. He holds a B.S. in agronomy, an M.S in agricultural economics, and a Ph.D. in crop sciences. He has more than ten years of experience working for different companies in the farming sector, including grain trading, input selling, farm management, and corn breeding.

Jun 26, 2023

by German Mandrini

The value of farmland across the central United States is influenced by a number of factors, including stability, a dynamic market, the willingness of buyers to pay a premium for the location, and crop direct income. By understanding these factors, farmers can make informed decisions about where to

May 25, 2023

by German Mandrini

Why Do Farmers Invest in On-farm Grain Storage?  Farmers invest in on-farm storage for a number of reasons. First, having on-farm storage at harvest time can streamline operations by reducing the need to deliver to local elevators and therefore freeing up labor and equipment. Additionally, on-farm s

May 09, 2023

by German Mandrini

How Do Farmers Calculate Future Crop Yield? Crop yields are an essential factor in appraising farmland values, establishing rental arrangements, determining farm sale and loan values, and making assessments for taxation. However, because they are dependent on weather, soil and management conditions,

Mar 01, 2023

by German Mandrini

Farmland values across the U.S. increased substantially in many regions last year. What drove this growth in farmland prices? Interest Rate Increases In one of the sharpest rate increases in decades, the Fed raised the federal interest rate from 0.08% in January 2022 to 4.1% in December 2022. Howeve

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How Does Soil Productivity Determine Land Value?

Jan 20, 2023

by German Mandrini

In agriculture, we know that not all soils are equal. While some soils achieve high productivity, others have limitations related to texture, depth and drainage that lower their yields. These diverse variations make it challenging to directly compare two soils. What Is a Soil Productivity Index? Whe