Illinois Farmland Values Trend "Slightly Lower"

Posted on 08/28/2018 10:45 AM

Prices paid for Illinois farmland continued the "slightly lower" trend according to the Mid-Year Snapshot Survey completed by the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers released today.

"In the first half of the year the value of excellent-quality farmland is down 2% and average-quality land is down 1%," says David Klein, AFM, ALC, Soy Capital Ag Services, Bloomington, IL., and overall chair of the survey. "According to our member survey, prices being paid for good- and fair- quality land prices are very similar from the beginning of the year."

Klein notes the survey results indicate the state-wide average price for excellent-quality land by mid-year dropped roughly $200 per acre to $10,522 from the beginning of 2018. Survey results indicate prices for other land classes were estimated to be down less than $100 per acre respectively.

"Our survey somewhat confirms the survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released earlier this month, which showed prices level to slightly higher in the first half of 2018 and is an indication of both the somewhat level nature of prices paid and regional bias of each group's respondents," says Klein. "Location and local ownership continues to be a major factor in the strength or weakness of many areas".

This is happening when fewer acres are changing hands. A majority of respondents expect that to remain the case into the last half of 2018.

Cash Rents to Nudge Lower

University of Illinois' Gary Schnitkey, who coordinates the survey, indicates respondents expect cash rents to also trend slightly lower in 2019, depending on soil classifications.
Excellent --$305 per acre to $290
Good -- $265 per acre to $250
Average -- $220 per acre to $ 210
Fair -- $185 per acre to $175



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