Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2013 Survey
Rental rates for Iowa farmland have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices that farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2013, but the rate of increase slowed considerably.
Results from the most recent survey of farmland rental rates carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showed that the average estimated cash rent for corn and soybean land in the state for 2013 was $270 per acre, an increase of $18 per acre or 7% from last year. This compares to increases of 16% in 2011 and 18% in 2012. Lower crop yields due to prolonged dry weather and lower price forecasts for the 2013 crop have tempered the optimism about prospective profits.
Delaware County farmland rental rate averaged $310 per acre, an increase of $25 per acre or 8% from last year.
Average rents were moderately higher in all nine crop reporting districts, with increases ranging from 13% in east central Iowa to 4% in southwest Iowa.
Typical rental rates per bushel of corn yield, soybean yield, and CSR point were computed for each county. In addition, typical charges for land growing oats and hay, for grazing pasture and corn stalks, and for renting hunting rights were reported.
The intent of the Iowa State survey is to report typical rents being paid each year, not the highest nor the lowest values heard through informal sources. Rental values were estimated by asking people familiar with land rental markets what they thought were typical rates in their county. The number of responses received this year was 1,703, a 20% increase from last year. Of the total responses, 50% came from farmers, 27% from landowners, 13% from professional farm managers, 8% from agricultural lenders, and 2% from other professionals.
The Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2013 Survey is available online as a downloadable document at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/wholefarm/pdf/c2-10.pdf on the Ag Decision Maker website.
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