Pro Farmer Editors
According to new study done by the University of Illinois Extension Service,
the average farm real estate value for Illinois in 2008 is $5,000 per acre
-- the highest value on record.
Dale Lattz, University of Illinois Extension farm financial management specialist
who prepared the report, said, "The $5,000 per acre figure includes the
value of all land and buildings. The figure is 15.5 percent higher than the
2007 average of $4,330 per acre. This increase marks the fourth year in a
row of double-digit increases. The 2005 value increased 27.6 percent, the
2006 value increased 14.1 percent, and the 2007 value increased 13.9 percent.
The 2008 percent increase was the second highest since 1977."
to full report.
Lattz noted that farm real estate values have shown a year-over-year
increase every year since 1988, or 21 consecutive years. "Since 2000, Illinois
farm real estate values have increased 121 percent," he said.
Lattz said the current strength in farmland values appears to be driven by
higher corn and soybean prices and the expectation that those prices will remain
high due to strong demand.