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In Iowa, Record High Cash Rents, Up 9% in 2023
Iowa Ag Connection - 05/26/2023

“It sets a new record, besting 2013’s $270 per acre average rent. The survey asked Iowa farmers, landowners, bankers, professional farm managers and others for their best judgment on typical cash rental rates for high, medium and low-quality cropland in their counties, as well as rent estimates for land in hay, oat and pasture. It doesn’t ask about rents for individual farms.”

Since 2021, cash rental rates in Iowa increased by a cumulative 20%.

The DTN article noted that, “The survey also found that average rents increased proportionally to land quality. Rent for high quality land increased 11.1% to $297 per acre; medium quality, 8.6% to $255 per acre; and low quality, 6% to $217 per acre.

“Cash rental rates have jumped significantly alongside land values in the past couple of years, but potential headwinds could slow growth into 2024.

“‘Lower projected crop prices, along with sustained input inflation in 2024 would result in lower net farm income and put downward pressure on cash rents,’ [Iowa State University extension economist Alejandro Plastina] wrote.”

Elsewhere, Reuters writer Michelle Nichols reported yesterday that, “The United Nations is working with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to create a platform to help process transactions for Russian exports of grain and fertilizer to Africa, the top U.N. trade official told Reuters on Wednesday.”

“The Black Sea deal was extended last week for the third time after Russia agreed to a further two months. But Moscow has been threatening to quit unless a list of demands to improve its own food and fertilizer exports is met,” the Reuters article said.

And Wall Street Journal writers Amrith Ramkumar and Patrick Thomas reported today that, “Startups that promised to make farming a high-tech business are withering, suffering from rising costs, tight financing, pests and other problems that have troubled traditional agriculture for centuries.

“Investors poured billions of dollars into companies such as AppHarvest and Local Bounti that grow lettuce, tomatoes and other crops in indoor farms that use advanced technology such as sensors and robots to offset weather-related risks, use less water and produce more consistent crops. Shares of the two companies are down more than 95% since they went public in 2021, and in recent months at least four companies in the sector have shut down or filed for bankruptcy.







Source: illinois.edu


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