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Auction Results Indicate Iowa Land Market Conditions Have Plateaued

January 10, 2023

According to statewide auction results tracked by Iowa Appraisal, research data indicates Iowa land market conditions have plateaued.  

Iowa Appraisal’s farm appraisal expert Jim Rothermich, MAI, ARA, ALC announces a 13.4% increase in Iowa land values, based on dollars per CSR2 point, for the period January 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023, with a statewide average price for tillable farmland of $178 per CSR2 point (based on a weighted average CSR2 of 77.2). This equates to average statewide dollars per tillable acre of $13,742. The January 1, 2022, statewide weighted average price for tillable farmland was $157 per tillable CSR2 point, using weighted average CSR2 of 79.3, equating to $12,450 per tillable acre. 

The first six months of 2022 continued the prior year’s explosive increases, landing up 15.3%. Prices peaked in May then declined, leveling through the rest of the year. Historical amounts of land (almost 150,000 acres) were auctioned in 2022. Auction data suggests the market has “plateaued," though land prices remain at historical highs.

2022 Iowa Land Auction Results

Reasons for elevated market conditions include:
•    Large buyer pool
•    Inflation (land is perceived to be a hedge against inflation)
•    Stock market volatility
•    Historically low borrowing costs (early part of year)
•    Generous farm income
•    Plentiful harvest

To receive monthly commentary and Iowa land auction results, you may subscribe to Iowa Appraisal's e-newsletter written by ag expert Jim Rothermich, MAI, ARA, ALC ("The Land Talker") here:  Iowa Land Auction Results Newsletter

If you have questions about the Iowa land market or need a farmland appraisal, you may contact Jim by email at theLandTalker@iowaappraisal.com or by phone at (515) 777-7083. Follow Jim on Twitter @theLandTalker or check out his weekly blog: Land Talk Weekly Blog.

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