Has the land got so high now that it is out-pricing the mom and pop farmers and those people shifted to custom farming? Are the big companies only able to afford the land now? I seem to have heard of custom farming in the last several years.
My grandma has land in Pokerhontas county that has three guys bidding to get a ground lease each year. I think the costs of equipment are sofaking high that the dudes who can afford it need to sop up every nearby acre that they can possibly handle. You can probably count the "mom and pop farmers" on two hands in some counties. If you ain't got scale you simply can't operate.