Same here. You better be willing to lay down the full amount on day 1 of the agreement, AND, you better be willing to take care of the property (ie trees, mowing etc) while you have property, or you won't be back next year. Been that way for quite a few years. One local "bto" who farms around 4500 acres total goes in and cleans out fence rows, tears down old dilapidated buildings, installs culverts @ road access, spending whatever it takes to keep yields as high as possible all the while with an eye to the future, and in general, maintains property as if it was his own. (In addition to paying highest rent in the area) Most of these guys didn't reach the level they did by being idiots.
I don't try to compete with him. No point in that. Then again, I don't begrudge him for his success and ambition.