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Agriculture

Cash rents rising

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Field Office of NASS released the USDA’s “Cash rents by counties” report.

Sangamon County has the highest reported average cash rent in the state at $324 per acre. The other counties with average reported rents over $300 are Macon ($316), Logan ($313), and Christian ($309). These four counties make up the highest reported non-irrigated rents in the state and in the country.

While there were some counties that saw average rents decrease or remain the same as 2011, statewide, cash rents increased by nearly 16 percent.

For non-irrigated crop land, cash rent in 2012 in Bureau County was $229 per acre. That is below the average for the northwestern section of the state, which is $233. The highest rents in the northwestern section of the state are in Carroll ($266) and Stephenson ($252.)

In 2011, the cash rent average in Bureau County was $202, so this year’s cost shows an increase of 13.4 percent.

The average for the northwestern section of the state was $192 for 2011, so this year’s average shows a 21 percent increase.

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