Farmland Values Continue To Skyrocket
The housing market has been in a slump for years, but that's not the case for farmland values, especially in the Midwest.
November 16, 2011
Agricultural land value is soaring in the Midwest, with parts of the region surging 25 percent from last year, according to two recent Federal Reserve surveys. The jump is the highest increase in three decades.
Record farmland prices are also being reported in the northern Plains.
Surveys released by the Kansas City and Chicago Federal Reserves Tuesday find that despite a struggling U.S. housing market, agricultural in their districts is booming. And the run-up in prices may have yet to peak, they said.
"District farmland values surged to a record high in the third quarter," the Kansas City survey said. "Cropland values rose more than 25 percent over the past year, and ranchland values increased 14 percent."
In particular, Nebraska experienced exceptionally strong gains in the Kansas City District due to bumper crops — especially productive seasons for certain crops — reporting a roughly 40 percent rise in farmland prices from one year ago.
The surveys indicate that good credit conditions, successful harvests, and elevated levels of farming income helped to contribute to this large surge in an already strong agricultural property market.
According to the Chicago Fed, farmland values in its district had their largest increase since 1977, jumping 7 percent from the previous quarter.
Iowa farmland prices led the Chicago Fed's district, jumping 31 percent from last year's 3rd quarter.