Transparent Decision Making for Farmers
FBN Finance is committed to bringing new technologies to farmers to give you the power to make data-driven, informed decisions.
This land evaluation tool was built so producers could have a transparent look at information that's important when deciding if a parcel of land would be a good fit for their operations.
Why Should You Use This Tool?
How to Use the Land Evaluation Tool
You are steps away from gaining the insights and facts you need to understand productivity of a piece of land.
This brand new tool was specifically developed for farmers. At this time, access is exclusively for FBN Members.
Locate Your Parcels
Use the search box to find specific parcels based upon state, zip or street. Get more information by selecting up to 4 parcels.
What You Get with the Land Evaluation Tool
Gain access to quality data about land in minutes. Below are only some of the feature highlights. Continue to check back for future enhancements to the land evaluation tool.
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What is the goal of this land evaluation tool?
Land is one of the most important assets to a farming operation. This tool provides everything you need to know about farm land parcels and local market trends in order to make the best decision around buying, selling, and financing land.
Does the tool list land for sale?
Our surveys of farmers tell us that most farm land transactions happen privately, without a public listing. In this tool, you can find detailed information for nearly every farm parcel in the United States, regardless of listing status. Currently we do not publish land listings.
When can I get access?
Currently, there is limited access. However new spots are opening up every week! If you would like to get early access, sign up here.
Watch your email for news about new features and expanded access in the coming months!
Why can I only download a limited number of parcels per report?
FBN created this tool to make it easy for all farmers to access trustworthy farm land insights. We limit the number of parcels to aid in our mission of providing this data for farmers and not other audience sets.
How many reports or parcels can I download?
FBN members can download 3 reports (with a maximum of 4 parcels per report) every week. The week starts from Monday and ends on Sunday.
Can I see all the research and insights in the U.S.?
We currently have coverage in the lower 48 states.
Where does the data come from and how often is it updated?
This tool has a database of over 6 million agricultural parcels. We gather from a wide range of public data sources including local, state and federal government agencies, universities and private entities. We review the data to make sure that only the most relevant data is included
Boundaries shown in the tool refer to tax parcel boundaries. They are sourced from county assessor records. For each parcel, we provide the boundary and the parcel identification (parcel ID), also commonly known as Assessor Parcel Number (APN) or property identification number (PIN). Parcels records are usually updated on an annual or semi-annual basis. How often parcel boundaries are updated will vary by county.
Land Use & Cropping History
This tool shows historical land use and cropping patterns derived from the Cropland Data Layer (CDL) published by United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS). The CDL is a crop-specific land cover data layer created annually using moderate resolution satellite imagery. Land use and cropping history data are updated annually on Farmland Guide in the first quarter of each calendar year when the USDA makes this data available.
We obtain soil information from the United States Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and National Cooperative Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO).
We show nation-wide productivity indices from SSURGO and state-specific soil productivity indices if those are available:
In Illinois we use the Illinois Soil Productivity Index (ILPI) for optimal management. Read more about ILPI and how it relates to yield and land values. Soil types with ILPI ranging from 133-147 are in Class A, from 117-132 are in Class B, and from 100-116 are in Class C.
In Iowa, soil productivity is measured by the Iowa C Suitability Rating (CSR2) which ranges from 0 to 100.
In all other states, soil productivity indices are determined by the overall National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI) developed by the USDA-NRCS.
Soil survey information in Farmland Guide is updated when new releases are published by the USDA-NRCS, typically every 1-2 years.
The report presents farmland slope, elevation and terrain wetness index (estimating the propensity for water accumulation) using data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Comparison of farmland to its county only considers cropland and not other land types.
Why doesn’t the data in my report match what I see on my farm?
This tool was created to serve farmers across the country with detailed parcel-level analytics.
In order to provide information about 400 million+ acres, we incorporate many datasets derived from satellite imagery. For example, the USDA Cropland Data Layer used satellite imagery to estimate annually which areas produce what type of crops. However, errors may occur leading, for example, to one area of a field being classified as not planted when it actually was.
We always recommend supporting your analysis and research with on-the-ground information.
I want to share feedback about this tool. How can I do so?
How much does it cost to use?
This tool is free to use. By being an FBN member, you will receive bonus data points such as an extended cropping history, plantable acres and comparisons between the farmland with the county.
How do I download a PDF version?
Select the parcels that you are interested in and click on “View Details”. On the following page, you will see a button to “Request Report”. Once you click on that, you will see all the PDF reports available to either view or download.
Why is my report missing information for certain parcels?
We do our best to provide you with all the data and insights that we can for the parcels that you have selected. Even though we use a variety of sources, sometimes there are cases where data is not available for each parcel.
By accessing this report and the information therein, you agree that the information in this report is provided for your individual informational use only, and may not be disclosed, reproduced, summarized, distributed, excerpted, or used for any reason other than for research purposes to aid in your potential purchase, sale, or rental of property. Any unauthorized use of this report or its information is prohibited. Information is reliable but not guaranteed, may be incomplete, and should be independently verified. Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. and its subsidiaries are not responsible for the accuracy of this information.