Cash rental rates for farmland increase
“What’s the going rate for farmland rent?” That question is asked frequently at the Extension
office, feed mills, coffee shops and any other place where farmers gather. The Barron County UW-
Extension Office conducts a cash rent survey annually. The results of the 2005 survey indicate that
the average cash rental rates for cropland in Barron County remained unchanged from 2004-2005.
The average farmland rent during 2005 was$40.00 per acre, unchanged from 2004. The
range in cash rent was $10 per acre to $75 per acre.
The 2005 Cash Rent Survey gathered responses from renters and Rice Lake landlords. The
survey indicated that cropland rent in Almena, Barron, Clinton, Stanfold, and Stanley Townships
tended to be higher than the county average. Cash rents were generally below the county average in
Maple Grove, Crystal Lake, Dovre, Sioux Creek townships.
Barron County farmers spend over $4 million each year on cash rent for farmland. As the
trend toward fewer, but larger farms continues, rented cropland becomes an increasingly more
important component of the local economy. Table 1 below provides a summary of cash rent trends.
Table 1. Cash Farmland Rental Rates for Barron County and Wisconsin – 2002-2005.