Iowa Land Value Survey

2006 Iowa Land Value Survey

Welcome! This page contains information about the Iowa Land Value Survey, directed by Michael Duffy, Iowa State University extension farm management specialist and professor of economics. The survey has been conducted annually since 1941, and is the only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

2006 News Conference Coverage

Results of the 2006 Iowa Farmland Value Survey were announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 19. The news conference was streamed live on the Web, and an archived version is available at the following web site:

General Information

News Release on 2006 Land Values distributed on Dec. 19, 2006. Includes tables comparing 2006 and 2005 values by county and by crop reporting district.


Gif format (for onscreen viewing only):

Map 1: 2006 and 2005 Iowa Land Values
Map 2: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2005 to 2006
Map 3: 2006 Iowa Land Values by Crop Reporting District
Map 4: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2005 to 2006 (ranking)
Map 5: 2006 Iowa Land Values (dollar ranking)

PDF format for printing camera-ready copies (requires Acrobat Reader):

Files include the five maps listed above, and a camera-ready version of the table.


For additional details, see this briefing paper prepared by Michael Duffy.

PowerPoint Slides

Prepared for the Dec. 19, 2006, news conference. View a complete slide show or select individual slides from the list below. (Also available in a PowerPoint file.)

1. Iowa Land Value Survey 2006

2. Statewide Average

3. High Grade Land

4. Medium Grade Land

5. Low Grade Land

6. Northwest

7. North Central

8. Northeast

9. West Central

10. Central

11. East Central

12. Southwest

13. South Central

14. Southeast

15. 2006 Average Values

16. Average Value All Grades 1950-2006

17. Average Values Adjusted for Inflation, 2006 Dollars

18. Percentage Changes

19. Percentage Change from Previous Year, 1951-2006

20. Percentage Change Adjusted for Inflation, 2006 Dollars

21. Positive Factors Affecting Land Values

22. Positive Factors Affecting Land Values, 2003-2006

23. Who Purchased Farmland

24. Change in Sales Activity from Previous Year

25. For More Information

Historical Data

Results from previous surveys are available at the links below:

2005 Survey
2004 Survey
2003 Survey
2002 Survey
2001 Survey
2000 Survey

For Iowa Land Value Survey information, including county and crop district data for 1950 - 2000, visit the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis data site at


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