Make a Solid Investment in Farmland

There has never been a better time to put your investment dollars into the agriculture arena. And you would be hard-pressed to find a better investment than farmland. Our group of real estate and farm management professionals are constantly tracking the farmland market.

Here is some of our best information to illustrate our point. You can also view our latest thinking in our most recent Farmland Barometer.

Prime Farmland Values

Prime Farmland Values

Comparing Farmland to other Financial Assets

Here is a quick comparison of how farmland compares in its overall return over the past 40 years -- it's the best!!

Assett/Index 1970-2010
Avg. Annual Return
1990-2010
Avg. Annual Return
Farmland 10.77% 10.80%
Mtg./REITS 9.09% 9.49%
Aaa (Bonds) 8.24% 6.85%
10 yr. Treasury 7.20% 5.45%
Dow Jones 6.52% 6.84%
S & P 500 6.24% 5.75%
CPI 4.29% 2.63%
PPI 4.03% 2.47%
CRB Spot Index 3.25% 2.40%

Prime Farmland Sales

Prime Farmland values shot up 14% across Central Illinois in 2010 and are up 31% in 2011 and continued to rise in 2012. Farmland went from $7,000 to $8,000 per acre in 2010 and surpassed $10,000 per acre in early 2011! Now our data is showing prices in 2012 hovering above the $11,000 mark!

Late 2012

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
Aug. 2012 Christian 162.92 $15,600
Nov 2012 Piatt 81.30 $12,250
Dec 2012 Macon 63.76 $13,000
Dec 2012 Macon 80.00 $12,000
Dec 2012 Macon 41.04 $12,750

Early 2012

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
Jan. 2012 Moultrie 38.10 $11,150
Feb. 2012 Douglas 50.82 $11,200
Mar. 2012 McClean 210.07 $12,000
Mar. 2012 Christian 45.00 $13,700
Apr. 2012 Macon 38.00 $11,500

Late 2011

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
Jul. 2011 Christian 81.29 $10,300
Aug. 2011 Macon 88.28 $10,000
Oct. 2011 Logan 155.95 $11,300
Oct. 2011 Shelby 233.45 $10,280
Dec. 2011 Piatt 80.00 $11,600

Mid 2011

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
April 2011 Macoupin 78.00 $10,075
May 2011 Champaign 80.00 $11,700
May 2011 Morgan 102.27 $10,800
June 2011 Christian 81.30 $10,300
June 2011 Douglas 120.00 $9,980

Late 2010

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
Dec. 2010 Macon 53.32 $8,300
Dec. 2010 DeWitt 115.69 $7,950
Sep. 2010 Shelby 80.00 $7,600
Dec. 2010 Christian 120.00 $8,100
Jul. 2010 Moultrie 40.00 $8,025

Early 2010

Sale Date County Acres $/Acre
Dec. 2009 Logan 80.00 $6,875
Feb. 2010 Macon 124.71 $7,050
Feb. 2010 Piatt 47.24 $7,100
Jan. 2010 Christian 120.00 $7,000
Jan. 2010 DeWitt 81.28 $7,200