He said farmers have had some lean years and last year was good, but this year is expected to be the best of them all.
He said they're projecting a gross value of about $557 million dollars this year in agricultural output. That is a $100 million more than 2010.
High corn and soy bean prices are the reasons behind the prediction. Scharlau said demand is driving the price up. He said that countries like Russia, that had devastating crops and other countries that are importing now are a big part of that demand. About 25 percent of the total production of corn is going toward ethanol.
"A farmer can capitalize on this by hoping that it doesn't keep raining they can get in the fields and that we have good weather and that the prices stay at the levels there are at now, and if those things happen we should have the year that we think we're going to have," said Scharlau.
It's expected to have a trickling effect in the community because more people will spend money. He also mentioned land prices are going up since predictions show farmers could make more money.
Local farm land sales are ranging from $8,000 to $9,500 an acre.