South Dakota Per Pair and Yearling Monthly Pasture Rental Rates for 2018 Back »

Written collaboratively by Shannon Sand and Jack Davis.

The SDSU agricultural land value survey collected 2018 data statewide for cow-calf pairs and yearling monthly pasture rental rates based on South Dakota regions. The cow-calf pair statewide weighted average in 2018 was $48.41 with a high of $61.63 and a low of $35.26. There is a lot of variability within the state with averages in the Western part of South Dakota being $37.33 to the Eastern side of the state being $50.88 per pair (Table 1).

Table 1. Per-pair and Yearling Monthly rental rates for 2018
  Eastern Central South Central Western State
dollars per acre
Per Pair  
Average value, 2018 $50.88 $42.50 $49.00 $37.33 $48.41
High Productivity 63.47 55.00 62.00 55.00 61.63
Low Productivity 36.82 27.50 36.00 30.33 35.26
Average value, 2018 $47.17 $35.00 $31.40 $31.00 $39.44
High Productivity 57.50 47.50 42.80 41.00 49.67
Low Productivity 28.83 20.00 24.80 26.00 25.93
Source: 2018 and earlier South Dakota Farm Real Estate Market Surveys.
Statewide average land values are based on 2002 land use weights


The yearling statewide weighted average was $39.44 with a high of $49.67 and a low of $25.93 reported. Average ranges from $31.00 in the West to $47.17 in the East. (Table 1). It is important to note the per pair and yearling rates are weighted monthly average estimates, and within each of these regions there exists a wide range of variability. These rates are meant to give additional information to producers and landowners when making future decisions.

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South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends, 1991-2018: Results from the 2018 SDSU South Dakota Farm Real Estate Survey

Note: This report contains an overview land values and cash rental rates for regions/ county clusters and is not specific to any property. Readers should use this report as a general reference and rely on local sources for specific details.

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