Buena Vista 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

Buena Vista County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Buena Vista County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Buena Vista County is $14,648 per acre which was down $61 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Buena Vista County is $168.37 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Buena Vista  County is ranked #6 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Buena Vista County in 2023 was $17,400 per acre.
Location Northwest Iowa
County Size 575 sq. miles
Total Acres 356,751
Cropland Acres 326,418
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $14,648
Average Price Per Acre for Northwest, IA $14,753
CSR2 Weighted Average 83.4
CSR2 Cropland Average 87
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $168.37
Average County Rent $302
Rent Range $265 - $355
Average rent for Northwest Iowa $302
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.51
Improved Permanent Pasture $92
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $48
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre $15
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Towns in Buena Vista County: Albert City, Linn Grove, Rembrandt, Storm Lake, Alta, Marathon, Sioux Rapids, Truesdale, Lakeside, Newell

Townships: Baes, Grant, Newell, Washington, Brooke, Hayes, Nokomis, Coon, Lee, Poland, Elk, Lincoln, Providence, Fairfield, Maple Valley, Scott

Buena Vista County History

Buena Vista County was formed on January 15, 1851 from open land. It was named in memory of the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.  Storm Lake is the county seat and the area to the west and south of Storm Lake is often referred to as “the Breadbasket of Iowa” and is very notable for its high quality soils.  Many if not most farms in this area have weighted average CSR ratings over 90 and always sell for a premium.  Land north of Storm Lake to the Spencer area is highly sought by area farmers looking to add acres to their farms.  Buena Vista County farmland is very high quality and therefore brings some of the highest prices in Iowa. Selling or buying farmland in this area with a competitive rental market provides excellent outcomes for sellers or investors.  We recommend selling land by auction because it provides the most benefit and the highest prices.

Buena Vista County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

2/27/24 75 Acres; $13,600/acre; 87.8 CSR2; 100% tillable

2/27/24 80 Acres; $13,850/acre; 86.5 CSR2; 99% tillable

2/27/24 147 Acres; $10,775/acre; 83.2 CSR2; 96.8% tillable

12/12/23 115.74 acres; $13,550/acre; 90 CSR2; $150.56/CSR2; 93% tillable

11/30/23 119.81 Acres; $16,250/acre; 95.9 CSR2; 93.4% tillable

11/30/23 120.33 Acres; $13,000/acre; 94.8 CSR2; 91.48% tillable

11/14/23 80 Acres; $13,000/acre; 86 CSR2; 94% tillable

11/14/23 94 Acres; $10,500/acre; 84.4 CSR2; 94.3% tillable

11/13/23 110.48 Acres; $11,250/acre; 84.7 CSR2; 98.75% tillable

11/1/23 30 Acres; $7,700/acre; 74.3 CSR2; 78.6% tillable

9/26/23 119 Acres; $13,300/acre; 84.9 CSR2; 97.3% tillable

9/21/23 154.2 acres; $14,500/acre; 83.1 CSR2; $174.49/CSR2; 99% tillable

6/16/23 80 Acres; $7,550/acre; 65.1 CSR2; 96% tillable

6/16/23 27.97 Acres; $15,200/acre; 87.3 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/16/23 68.10 Acres; $12,000/acre; 85.2 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/8/23 39.8 Acres; $17.075/acre; 93 CSR2; 97% tillable

4/4/23 80 Acres; $14,300/acre; 82 CSR2; 96% tillable

3/23/23 160 Acres; $14,800/acre; 80.8 CSR2; 96% tillable

2/9/23 116.24 Acres; $13,000/acre; 73.8 CSR2; 91% tillable

2/9/23 113.94 Acres; $7,000/acre; 87.8 CSR2; 72% tillable

2/9/23 40 Acres; $15,100/acre; 85.3 CSR2; 96% tillable

1/24/23 89.57 Acres; $15,650/acre; 93.6 CSR2; 98% tillable

1/11/23 80 Acres; $17,400/acre; 94.6 CSR2; 99% tillable

11/11/22 72.03 Acres; $15,600/acre; 87.8 CSR2; 93% tillable

11/7/22 67 Acres; $15,800/acre; 87.5 CSR2; 96% tillable

10/27/22 110 Acres; $10,999/acre; 80 CSR2; 97% tillable

10/14/22 72.63 Acres; $12,800/acre; 79.6 CSR2; 99% tillable

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Buena Vista County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Buena Vista County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Buena Vista 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.

Learn More About Selling Iowa Land

You can find Farmland For Sale in Buena Vista County Iowa at bid.DreamDirt.com.  Need the advice of a qualified farmland professional?  Our professional staff of Iowa auctioneers and land brokers at DreamDirt would be happy to visit with you about your situation and help guide you through the process of making an informed decision about selling farmland.  Want to continue your research?  You can find a wealth of information on our Farmland Sales and Auction Blog.