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An Illinois farmer harvests his soybean crops in October, 2011. Lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops are putting a serious dent in farmers’ incomes.
An Illinois farmer harvests his soybean crops in October, 2011. Lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops are putting a serious dent in farmers’ incomes.
(Seth Perlman/Associated Press)

Don’t bet on the farm just yet

Agriculture is a great thematic investment, tapping into the trends of a growing global population and rising affluence. If you’ve already bought the tractor (Deere & Co.), the seeds (Monsanto Co.) and the fertilizer (Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc.), farmland looks like a natural next step.

The good news: It is an easy step to make, thanks to the recent arrival of investments that give you a slice of land without the early mornings.