Benton County, Iowa Farmland Prices and Land Auction Information

The following information is from Iowa State University’s Land Survey that’s released each December. It is only a guide and won’t apply exactly to your farmland.  Last update 12/2023. Data on this page can be up to 12 months old. To see current Iowa land prices and most recent farmland sales results click here

Benton County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Benton County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Benton County is $13,106 per acre which is up $433 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Benton County is $154.19 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Benton County is ranked 35 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Benton County in 2023 was $21,200 per acre.
Location East Central Iowa
County Size 716 sq. miles
Total Acres 418,483
Cropland Acres 375,729
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $13,106
Average Price Per Acre for East Central, IA $12,678
CSR2 Weighted Average 78.9
CSR2 Cropland Average 85
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $154.19
Average County Rent $293
Rent Range $245 - $339
Average rent for East Central Iowa $283
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.41
Improved Permanent Pasture $110
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $92
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre 15

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Towns: Atkins, Keystone, Norway, Van Hoe, Belle Plaine Luzee, Shellsburg, Vinton, Blairstown, Mount Aubu, Urbana, Walford, Garrison, Newhall

Unincorporated Areas: Watkins

Townships: Benton, Eden, Homer, Monroe, Big Grove, Eldorado, Iowa, Polk, Bruce, Florence, Jackson, St. Clair, Canton, Fremont, Kane, Taylor, Cedar, Harrison, Leroy, Union


Benton County, situated in eastern Iowa, boasts a diverse history shaped by Native American heritage, pioneer settlement, and agricultural prosperity. Originally inhabited by the Meskwaki (Fox) and Sauk tribes, European-American settlers began arriving in the mid-19th century. Benton County was officially established on December 21, 1837, named after Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri.

Pioneers were drawn to the area’s fertile soil, leading to the establishment of farms and agricultural communities. The development of transportation, including railroads, played a pivotal role in connecting Benton County to broader markets and facilitating economic growth.

Vinton, the county seat, became a central hub for commerce and community activities. Agriculture has been a cornerstone of the local economy, with corn and soybean production remaining significant contributors.

Benton County’s history is preserved in local museums, historical societies, and landmarks that showcase its pioneer and agricultural heritage. The community has adapted to changing times, and modern Benton County reflects a balance between its historical roots and contemporary advancements.

Benton County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

11/21/23 139.37 Acres; $5,600/acre; 53.4 CSR2; 98.5% tillable

11/21/23 146.55 Acres; $10,700/acre; 81.3 CSR2; 100% tillable

10/3/23 77 Acres; $13,900/acre; 86.4 CSR2; 93% tillable

9/12/23 97.67 Acres; $20,900/acre; 95.6 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/12/23 65.05 Acres; $16,500/acre; 91.5 CSR2; 93.77% tillable

9/13/23 71 Acres; $7,825/acre; 57.3 CSR2; 97.18% tillable

9/13/23 77 Acres; $7,275/acre; 65.9 CSR2; 49.3% tillable

8/2/23 115.5 Acres; $21,200/acre; 92.1 CSR2; 92.1% tillable

6/14/23 100 Acres; $9,100/acre; 64.1 CSR2; 87.6% tillable

6/14/23 160 Acres; $9,000/acre; 76.4 CSR2; 89% tillable

3/2/23 154 Acres; $11,500/acre; 82.3 CSR2; 94% tillable

2/22/23 224.05 Acres; $14,100/acre; 87.3 CSR2; 95% tillable

2/3/23 72.92 Acres; $20,600/acre; 94.6 CSR2; 100% tillable

2/3/23 139.04 Acres; $15,800/acre; 92.8 CSR2; 92% tillable

1/24/23 136.3 Acres; $17,100/acre; 92.6 CSR2; 99% tillable

12/16/22 76 acres 77.88 tillable acres $21,300/acre 94.8CSR2 $224.68/csr2 $1,618,800 102.47% tillable

12/1/22 75 Acres; $16,400/acre; 87.6 CSR2; 98% Tillable

8/31/22 87.98 acres; $11,500/acre; 80.7 CSR2; $142.50/csr2; 89.29% tillable

8/31/22 81.4 acres; $13,500/acre; 84.4 CSR2; $159.95/CSR2; 95.82% tillable

4/7/22 36.98 acres; 35.66 tillable acres; $14,621/tillable acre; 81.8 CSR2; $178.74/CSR2; $521,384.86; 96.43% tillable

1/27/22 144.58 Acres; 142.89 Tillable Acres; 91.3 CSR2; $15,750/acre

Jason J. Smith

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Benton County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Licensed to sell real estate in the state of Iowa

Benton County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Benton County are stated as averages and are not a guarantee of value in any given situation.  If you need a written farmland appraisal you should call us at 855-376-3478 to discuss how we can help you.  Farmland prices can change quickly and some information on this website can be up to 12 months old depending on when you view it.  All sale results are dated so you can see the date of the sale however averages are calculated in December of each year and are based on a September to September study.

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