Mike WalstenLandOwner Editor

Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 35 years. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's biofuels focus, he''s lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. After growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois, Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications and a master''s degree in business administration in the early 1970s. Since then he''s covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various
Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 35 years. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's biofuels focus, he''s lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. After growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois, Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications and a master''s degree in business administration in the early 1970s. Since then he''s covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various

Articles By Mike Walsten

May 29, 2018

Iowa 2018 Cash Rents Rise 1%

Cash rents in Iowa are up 1.4% to an average of $222 per acre for the 2018 crop year, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University.
May 29, 2018

Iowa 2018 Cash Rents Rise 1%

Cash rents in Iowa are up 1.4% to an average of $222 per acre for the 2018 crop year, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University.
Commodities Get a Lift from Energy Prices
May 27, 2018

Land Pros See Steady Land Prices Ahead

Iowa farmland professionals are cautious on near-term land values.
May 09, 2018

Farmland Buyers Hold Line on Leverage

Farmland buyers in the western Corn Belt continued to show restraint on debt financing in 2017. That restraint provides stability to the farmland market during this correction.
May 04, 2018

LandOwner Subscribers Turn Optimistic

Are you feeling more positive about the direction of the farmland market? If so, you align LandOwner subscribers, according to our annual survey.
Apr 11, 2018

Illinois Farmland Values Mostly Stable in 2017

Prices being paid for high-quality Illinois farmland, as well as cash rents stayed essentially flat in 2017.
Apr 09, 2018

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain

The average value of an acre of Iowa farmland is $6,951, which is a 2.9% increase for the six-month period ending March 1.
Apr 09, 2018

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain

The average value of an acre of Iowa farmland is $6,951, which is a 2.9% increase for the six-month period ending March 1.
Mar 21, 2018

Slight Gain in Farmland Returns Owned by Pension Funds

The total return from farmland owned by pension funds rose during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF).