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Farmland selling competitively

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PROFIT POTENTIAL: Expectations are higher for on-farm profit in Iowa, and greater profit potential is bringing greater competition for productive ag land in the state.
Land Sales: Due to higher profit potential, farmland sales across Iowa have shifted higher, with greater competition for productive land.

Ready or not, harvest is here. Seed corn started in late August, and commercial corn and soybean harvest began fully the week after Labor Day. Yield expectations are encouraging, albeit mixed, depending on location. Expectation for on-farm profit, however, is as high for 2021 production as any year I can recall.

Strong grain prices throughout the growing season have provided an extended opportunity for profitable grain sales. As a result of the profit potential, farmland sales across Iowa have shifted higher, and there is great competition for productive land. In addition, still-low interest rates continue to support the land market. As we look forward towards 2022, input prices for seed and fertilizer have also shifted higher, thereby taking some margin back. However, at current grain price levels for 2022 production, and assuming an average crop next year, there is still profit potential to be had.

So, when land opportunities present themselves, many folks are raising their hand to compete. The following results are a testament to that – all across the State of Iowa.

Northwest

Dickinson County: North of Terril, 314 acres recently sold at public auction for $15,200 per acre. The farm consisted of 302 tillable acres with a CSR2 (corn suitability rating) of 86.2, and equaled $183 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

North central

Worth County: Near Grafton, 120 acres recently sold at public auction for $13,100 per acre. The farm consisted of 111 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 82.6, and equaled $171 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Northeast

Bremer County: Southwest of Tripoli, 77 acres recently sold at public auction for $15,900 per acre. The farm consisted of 75 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 87.2, and equaled $187 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres. Note: This farm also included an old, uninhabitable home.

West central

Carroll County: Southeast of Arcadia, 80 acres recently sold at public auction for $18,300 per acre. The farm consisted of 79 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 79.7, and equaled $232 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Central

Dallas County: East of Panora, 200 acres recently sold at public auction for $13,000 per acre. The farm consisted of 182 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 86.5, and equaled $165 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

East central

Linn County: Northeast of Alburnett, 472 acres recently sold for $13,650 per acre. The farm consisted of 458 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 82.7, and equaled $170 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Southwest

Adair County: South of Adair, 80 acres recently sold at public auction for $9,500 per acre. The farm consisted of 36 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 69.9, along with 39 acres in pasture; an older cattle shed; and a 1980s-vintage farrowing house, with a concrete floor but no pit.

South central

Marion County: Northwest of Pella, 153 acres recently sold for $16,000 per acre. The farm consisted of 148 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 81.0, and equaled $204 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Southeast

Jefferson County: West of Pleasant Plain, 78 acres recently sold at an online auction for $13,050 per acre. The farm consisted of 77 tillable acres with a CSR2 of 78.5, and equaled $168 per CSR2 point on the tillable acres.

Hensley is president of Hertz Real Estate Services, which compiled this list, but not all sales were handled by Hertz. Call Hertz at 515-382-1500 or 800-593-5263, or visit Hertz.ag.

 

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