Farm Scene Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beginning in mid-February, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact Illinois farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey.

The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and can be used for 2020 rental agreement negotiations, said Illinois State Statistician Mark Schleusener.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” Schleusener said in a news release. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.”

NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland and pastureland on Sept. 10, 2019.

More than 8,000 Illinois farmers will receive the survey forms, or NASS offers the option of responding online via a secure internet connection.

“NASS combines producer responses in each county in Illinois, providing the only accurate and comprehensive estimate of average Illinois county rent and lease rates,” Schleusener added.

For more information about the survey, call the NASS Heartland Field Office at 800-551-1014. All NASS reports and data are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

Another reference for Illinois farmers on farmland values and lease trends is the annual Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers report that will be released March 21. It breaks down the information into 10 regions instead of by county — Northeast, Northwest, Western, North Central, Eastern, Central, West Central, Southwest, Southeast and Southern.