Peak Soil Indexes aims to construct responsible, timely, robust indexes derived from actual farmland sales. These indexes provide a look into the real trends of farmland prices, rather than opinion, furthering transparency of prices.


The democratization of farmland starts with our market accepted, responsible indexes. These acknowledged benchmarks allow for derivative development that benefits both the agricultural and investment communities and pave the way for farmland’s financialization.

Transactional Farmland Indexes

With each passing day the investment community becomes more intrigued with farmland as an asset class. The industry as a whole is witnessing rapid change. Big data, precision agriculture, prescriptive farming, whole farm decision services descriptively announce the innovation explosion taking place. Farmland is a commodity with interests beyond those in the agricultural sphere.

With its strategic qualities and economic importance, farmland can easily be likened to oil. To some, it’s the source of our very existence. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, said “civilization itself rests upon the soil.” Farmland, with but a few inches of valuable topsoil, is the gold of the future.

Unlike other agricultural and natural resource products, the commodity is not yet intertwined with the financial marketplace. Big data is, however, revolutionizing the farm with decision making becoming more analytical. Nevertheless, access to the asset class is restrictive and complex for many. Hedging capabilities for investors and property owners are nonexistent. The needed tools to reduce risk and serve as proxy investments have not kept pace with that of other commodities.

For an asset lacking liquidity and transparency, determining a fair price per acre can be daunting. But investing in farmland should not be so difficult. Modernization is essential for this strategic commodity that is now witnessing increasing investor interest.

Transactionally derived indexes are the foundation to the financialization of farmland. Indexes provide the needed benchmark or reference point for a known spot market price. Peak Soil furnishes the only indexes specifically designed for derivative development. ETFs, OTC and ETPs can now be structured to offer investors easier access to the commodity.

Why Farmland Indexes?

Farmland has become an increasingly popular asset class, yet burdensome to own.
Many investors are currently unable to take advantage of farmland's attractive investment attributes. Financial, legal, operational and other deterrents all discourage ownership.
An investment in farmland is generally long term in nature and lacks real liquidity.
Farmland has attractive investment features; it has a low correlation to other asset classes and high correlation to inflation.
Increased liquidity encourages participation from a broader user base.
There are limited alternative investments to physical ownership.
No adequate hedging tools are available for those with market exposure.
Farmland has constructive long term investment features similar to those found in other strategic commodities.
Tangible investments with a capped downside and liquidity are in demand.
Current farmland indexes are questionable. A legitimate index using reliable, recorded documentation derived from an objective methodology is needed.
Farmland indexes can be tailored to specific geographic regions and soil characteristics.
A commodity with both interested buyers and sellers.
Benchmark farmland indexes provide the foundation for product development.