Survey: Iowa farmland values down four percent in ’15

corn field-elkhart iowa mid-october 2015Iowa State University’s annual survey of Iowa farmland values shows a nearly four percent decline over the past year.

ISU assistant professor of economics Wendong Zhang coordinated this year’s survey.

“It shows a 3.9 percent decline to the state average land values in 2015 to 7,633 dollars per acre,” says Zhang.

Zhang says the decrease is less than some might have expected, given low commodity prices. He says there are a couple of factors supporting Iowa land values.

“High livestock returns, especially, that supported the northwest district and the northeast district—and a strong recreational demand and high CRP payments for the southern districts,” he says.

Combined with the nine percent decline in 2014, Iowa farmland values have now fallen almost 13 percent from their historical highs in 2013.

AUDIO: Wendong Zhang

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