Ag lenders are reducing exposure to lending risks by requiring more farm real estate as collateral for large, non-real estate farm loans. —The Editors
Using responses from 213 banks, economists with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank presented a survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions covering the first quarter of 2016. A selection of observations by some of these bankers follows:
“Good quality land has still brought a premium at auctions. Marginal soil types have reduced in price or ‘no sold’ at auctions. Cash rents have remained steady.” — Southeast Nebraska
“Leveraged farmers are beginning to see their debt load increase and becoming harder to manage.” — Southeast Colorado
“Production expenses have not decreased in proportion to decreased market prices.” — Southeast Colorado
“Debt repayment on real estate and equipment loans is a big problem.” — Western Missouri
“Cow-calf areas have plenty of margin after annual debt service and living costs.” — Southeast Wyoming
Read the complete report at www.KansasCityFed.org.