Drought Doesn't Break Farmland Rally; MOUND CITY MONEY - Highlights from David Nicklaus Blog about St. Louis Business. STLtoday.com/ Nicklaus

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Drought Doesn't Break Farmland Rally; MOUND CITY MONEY - Highlights from David Nicklaus Blog about St. Louis Business. STLtoday.com/ Nicklaus


Nicklaus, David, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Midwestern farmers are suffering through the worst drought in decades, but the value of the land they farm seems to be weather- resistant. Two (recent) Federal Reserve reports say that farmland prices continue to march steadily upward.

The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank says prices of "good" farmland in its district rose 1 percent in the second quarter, and are now up 15 percent in the past year. Bankers the Fed surveyed seem to think the trend will continue:

"With 22 percent of the respondents anticipating higher farmland values for the third quarter of 2012 and only 4 percent anticipating lower ones, the drought did not seem to have stifled all the momentum of rising agricultural land values."

In the Kansas City Fed's district, land values rose by less than 3 percent in the second quarter. They're still sharply above where they were a year ago - up 26 percent for irrigated crop land, 28 percent for nonirrigated land and 16 percent for ranch land. …

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