Clayton 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

Clayton County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Clayton County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Clayton County is $10,923 per acre which is up $34 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Clayton County is $153.85 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Clayton County is ranked 73 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Clayton County in 2023 was $16,100 per acre.
Location Northeast Iowa
County Size 779 sq. miles
Total Acres 420,050
Cropland Acres 337,115
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $10,923
Average Price Per Acre for Northeast, IA $12,060
CSR2 Weighted Average 43.9
CSR2 Cropland Average 71
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $153.85
Average County Rent $314
Rent Range $235 - $413
Average rent for Northeast Iowa $307
Rent per CSR2 Point $4.62
Improved Permanent Pasture $87
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $60
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre $15

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Towns: Clayton, Gaavillo, Millville, Postville, Edgewood, Guttenberg, Monona, St. Olaf, Elkader, Luana, North Buena Vista, Strawberry Point, Farmersburg, Marquette, Osterdock, Volga, Garber, McGregor

Unincorporated Areas: Beulah, Fairview, Littleport, Thomasville, Ceres, Froelich, McGregor Heights, Turkey River, Clayton Center, Giard, Mederville, Updegraff, Communia, Gunder, Motor, Watson, Eckards, Hardin, Osboe, Wood, Elkport, Highland, Saint Sebald

Townships: Boardman, Farmersburg, Lodomillo, Monona, Buena Vista, Gaavillo, Mallory, Read, Cass, Giard, Maion, Sperry, Clayton, Grand Meadow, Mendon, Volga, Cox Creek, Highland, Millville, Wagner, Elk, Jefferson


Clayton County, located in northeastern Iowa, boasts a diverse history shaped by Native American heritage, European-American settlement, and economic evolution. Initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Ho-Chunk and Iowa, the region saw the arrival of European-American settlers in the mid-19th century. Clayton County was officially established on December 21, 1837, and it was named after John M. Clayton, a U.S. Senator from Delaware.

The fertile land along the Mississippi River attracted pioneers, leading to the establishment of farms and communities. Agriculture has been a central component of the local economy, with crops like corn and soybeans playing a crucial role.

Elkader, the county seat, became a focal point for commerce and community activities. The Mississippi River served as a vital transportation route, facilitating trade and contributing to the county’s economic growth.

Clayton County’s history is reflected in its preserved architectural heritage, including historic buildings and structures. The county has adapted to changing economic landscapes while maintaining a connection to its agricultural and pioneer roots.


Clayton County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

12/27/23 76.81 acres; $11,500/acre; 57.7 CSR2; $199.31/CSR2; 91% tillable

12/27/23 29.23 acres; $10,600/acre; 36.2 CSR2; $292.82/CSR2; 93% tillable

11/15/23 158.46 Acres; $7,000/acre; 35.3 CSR2; 66.3% tillable

11/15/23 133.66 Acres; $10,000/acre; 45.3 CSR2; 75.5% tillable

11/15/23 59.3 Acres; $16,100/acre; 88.7 CSR2; 92.5% tillable

11/16/23 108.93 Acres; $15,600/acre; 71.8 CSR2; 97% tillable

3/9/23 99.31 Acres; $15,000/acre; 62.2 CSR2; 98% tillable

3/9/23 45.05 Acres; $12,600/acre; 59.7 CSR2; 89% tillable

3/9/23 58.25 Acres; $7,800/acre; 50.5 CSR2; 73.80% tillable

9/29/22 73.08 Acres; $13,400/acre; 55.3 CSR2; 100% tillable

Jason J. Smith, CAI

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Clayton County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Clayton County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Clayton 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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