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Farmland prices continue strong with high grain prices

Jennifer Carrico Corn field
PRICES UP: Iowa farmland prices continue to show strong levels as supported by the higher grain prices.
Land Values: Continually high grain prices have supported the farmland auctions and prices for land.

What a difference a month can make! 30 days ago, the world outside our windows was still three shades of brown and two shades of gray, as winter just didn’t want to give up this spring. However, over the past three to four weeks, planters have raced across the landscape to complete their tasks, and the world has quickly greened up. And now, warmer temps and adequate moisture (for now!) in most corners of the state of Iowa have the crop off to a very promising start.

The early-summer land market has also been active and “warm” in 2022 — especially compared to this time period in recent years. Strong grain prices, and an expectation for even higher interest rates later this year, have both farmland sellers and prospective farmland buyers actively pursuing sale and purchase opportunities. As I’ve alluded to in recent months, the positive influence from higher grain prices has thus far outpaced the negative influence from a higher-interest-rate environment. But, at some point that may not be the case. As we continue to see sales activity this summer, this push-pull dynamic will continue to be worth watching. For now, the farmland market maintains its strength, as the example sales below attest.

NORTHWEST

Clay County. About 84 acres southwest of Royal recently sold at public auction for $21,000 per acre. The farm consisted of about 80 tillable acres with a CSR2 (corn suitability rating) of 96.8, and equaled $228 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Farm Progress mapland values map

Monthly land sale locations in Iowa

NORTH CENTRAL

Butler County. About 37 acres near Parkersburg recently sold for $15,200 per acre. The farm consisted of about 36 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 87.6, and equaled $178 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

NORTHEAST

Black Hawk County. About 95 acres near the west edge of Cedar Falls city limits recently sold at a sealed-bid sale for $26,212 per acre. The farm consisted of about 89 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 89.2, and equaled $314 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres. Note: This land was near the edge of residential development.

WEST CENTRAL

Crawford County. About 179 acres southwest of Kiron recently sold at public auction for $9,000 per acre. The farm consisted of about 166 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 63.0, and equaled $154 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

CENTRAL

Jasper County. About 222 acres southeast of Prairie City recently sold at public auction for $12,900 per acre. The farm consisted of about 216 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 71.0, and equaled $186 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

EAST CENTRAL

Johnson County. About 79 acres east of Iowa City recently sold for $14,175 per acre. The farm consisted of about 78 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 80.7, and equaled $178 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

SOUTHWEST

Taylor County. About 170 acres southeast of Bedford recently sold at public auction for $6,600 per acre. The farm consisted of about 111 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 69.3, and equaled $146 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres. Note: The balance of the farm was in timber, ponds and waste.

SOUTH CENTRAL

Madison County. About 34 acres south of St. Charles recently sold at public auction for $15,100 per acre. The farm consisted of about 33 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 91.5, and equaled $170 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

SOUTHEAST

Wapello County. About 66 acres north of Ottumwa recently sold at public auction for $10,500 per acre. The farm consisted of about 63 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 70.9, and equaled $155 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Hertz Real Estate Services compiled this list, but not all sales were handled by Hertz. Call Hertz at 515-382-1500/800-593-5263 or visit hertz.ag.

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