News Desk, Ranchland

Strong Demand Stokes Grazing Land Values

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Robust beef prices are one of many factors driving the demand for high-quality grazing pastures in the Tenth District. Don’t be surprised if these values continue to further strengthen. —The Editors

Using responses from 228 banks, the Kansas City Fed presented its survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions covering the first quarter of 2014. A selection of observations by some of these bankers follows:
Crop income will show a modest deterioration based on lower commodity prices while livestock will show a significant improvement with prices at an all-time high. – Southeast Nebraska
“Lower feed costs are adding to livestock profitability.” – Western Nebraska
Cattle prices have been strong for cow/calf operations.” – Central Oklahoma
“The decline in corn price is the primary reason for the decline in working capital.” – Northwest Kansas
“For the first time in four years, customers are holding grain looking for a better price.” – Eastern Nebraska
Significant decrease in commodity prices and changes in government program payments will have an impact on repayment rates. – Southwest Kansas
Read the complete report at www.KansasCityFed.org.
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