Illinois Farm Finances: How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Grain Farms?

🕔Apr 18, 2018Recent events suggest a possibility that China will place a 25% tariff on soybean exports from the United States to China. Such a tariff would result in lower soybean prices […]

U.S. Cropland Prices: What’s the Impact of Increased Interest Rates?

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🕔Apr 12, 2018The Federal Reserve has initiated what appears to be sustained, incremental increases in the Federal Funds rate and by extension other interest rates. Current expectation is for a ¾ to […]

Illinois Farmland Values: Cash Rents on Professionally Managed Land in ’18-19

🕔Mar 28, 2018The Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers recently released their estimates of 2018 cash rents as well as their expectations for 2019 cash rents. Cash rent levels […]

Farmland Values: USDA Examines Trends from 2000-2016

🕔Feb 27, 2018Today’s update looks briefly at farmland values in the United States, with a specific focus on a recent report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) that examined farmland values from […]

USDA: Farm Income Forecast – Most Row Crop Receipts Decline, But Profits Stable

🕔Nov 30, 2017After 3 consecutive years of decline, farm sector profits are forecast to be relatively stable in 2017. Net farm income, a broader measure of profits, is forecast to increase $1.7 […]

2017 Average Florida Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

🕔Nov 17, 2017Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers […]

Illinois Farmland: Cash Rent Based on Land Productivity Index

🕔Nov 8, 2017Individuals often desire to arrive at an average cash rent given a farm’s inherent productivity. Herein, a method is presented for determining a 2017 benchmark rent based on that parcel’s […]

Michigan: Sound Cash Rental Decisions for Landowners

🕔Oct 20, 2017What would be the cash rental rate for my farmland? This is a frequent question from landowners who call the Michigan State University Extension county offices for a quick answer. Different agencies […]

USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN

🕔Oct 13, 2017The National Academy of Sciences wants USDA’s lead statistical agency to develop new systems for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. In a report released Wednesday, the National […]

Farmland: It’s Time for NASS to Change Method for Compiling Crop, Cash Rent Estimates – Study

🕔Oct 11, 2017Producing more precise county-level estimates of crops and farmland cash rents will require integrating multiple data sources using model-based predictions that are more transparent and reproducible, says a new report […]

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