Area USDA farm numbers and land in farms reports

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota’s number of farms and ranches remained unchanged during 2017, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 31,000, was unchanged from 2016. Numbers of farms and ranches in South Dakota with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales was unchanged from the year earlier and operations with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales was unchanged.

Land in farms and ranches in South Dakota totaled 43.3 million acres, unchanged from 2016. The average size of operation, at 1,397 acres, was unchanged from a year earlier.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s number of farms and ranches increased during 2017, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 29,900, was up 100 farms from 2016. Numbers of farms and ranches in North Dakota with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales was unchanged from a year earlier while operations with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales increased 100 farms.

Land in farms and ranches in North Dakota totaled 39.1 million acres, unchanged from 2016. The average size of operation, at 1,308 acres, was down 4 acres from a year earlier.

Minnesota

The total number of farms in Minnesota in 2017 was 73,200, down 100 farms compared with a year ago, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farms and Land in Farms 2017 Summary report. The number of farms in both the $10,000-$99,999 and the $100,000-$249,999 sales classes decreased by 200 farms.

Total land in farms in Minnesota in 2017 was 25.9 million acres, unchanged since 2013. Farms in both the $250,000-$499,999 and the $1,000,000 and over sales classes showed an increase of 100,000 acres from 2016.

The average farm size in Minnesota in 2017 was 354 acres, up one acre from 2016. The average farm size in the $500,000-$999,999 sales class increased 19 acres from 961 acres on average in 2016 to 980 in 2017.

Iowa

The total number of farms in Iowa in 2017 was 86,900, down 100 farms compared with a year ago, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farms and Land in Farms 2017 Summary report. The largest decrease in number of farms came in the $500,000-$999,999 range with a decrease of 300 farms from 10,000 in 2016 to 9,700 in 2017.

Total land in farms in Iowa in 2017 was 30.5 million acres, unchanged since 2014, however, total land in farms in the $100,000-$249,999 range rose to 3.00 million acres, while total land in farms in the $1,000,000 and over range fell to 9.50 million acres.

The average farm size in Iowa in 2017 was 351 acres, unchanged from last year. The average farm size in the $500,000-$999,999 range increased 28 acres from 890 in 2016 to 918 acres in 2017.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s number of farms and ranches declined during 2017, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 47,400, was down 1,000 farms from 2016. Numbers of farms and ranches in Nebraska with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 700 farms from a year earlier while operations with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 300 farms.

Land in farms and ranches in Nebraska totaled 45.2 million acres, unchanged from 2016. The average size of operation, at 954 acres, was up 20 acres from a year earlier.