Howard County, Iowa Farmland Values 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

Howard County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Howard County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Howard County is $11,102 per acre which is up $443 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Howard County is $133.76 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Howard County is ranked 72 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Howard County in 2023 was $15,750 per acre.
Location Northeast Iowa
County Size 473 sq. miles
Total Acres 269,750
Cropland Acres 241,042
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $11,102
Average Price Per Acre for Northeast, IA $12,060
CSR2 Weighted Average 76.9
CSR2 Cropland Average 83
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $133.76
Average County Rent $271
Rent Range $221 - $313
Average rent for Northeast Iowa $307
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.27
Improved Permanent Pasture $87
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $60
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre $15
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Towns: Chester, Elma, Protivin, Cresco, Lime Springs, Riceville

Unincorporated Areas: Florenceville

Townships: Oak Dale, Chester, Forest City, Albion, Jamestown, Saratoga, Howard Center, Veon Springs, Afton, Howard, Paris, New Oregon


Howard County, located in northeastern Iowa, has a history marked by Native American presence, pioneer settlement, and agricultural development. Initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Dakota Sioux and Winnebago, European-American settlers began arriving in the mid-19th century. Howard County was officially established on January 15, 1851, and it was named after Tilghman Howard, a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

The fertile land in the county attracted pioneers, leading to the establishment of farms and communities. Agriculture has been a central element of the local economy, with crops like corn and soybeans playing a significant role.

Cresco, the county seat, became a hub for commerce and community activities. The county’s growth was influenced by transportation developments, including the construction of railroads that facilitated trade and connectivity.

Howard County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

2/28/24 196.38 Acres; $14,050/acre; 83.9 CSR2; 96.55% tillable

11/2/23 162.32 Acres; $15,655/acre; 70 CSR2; 92% tillable

9/13/23 240 Acres; $14,900/acre; 84.2 CSR2; 96.9% tillable

8/9/23 79 Acres; $14,175/acre; 84.5 CSR2; 95.82% tillable

8/9/23 79 Acres; $13,775/acre; 86 CSR2; 97.47% tillable

4/20/23 80 Acres; $12,200/acre; 70.4 CSR2; 98% tillable

4/13/23 80 Acres; $15,750/acre; 86.3 CSR2; 97% tillable

4/13/23 120 Acres; $12,000/acre; 85.3 CSR2; 96% tillable

4/13/23 114 Acres; $12,000/acre; 84 CSR2; 95% tillable

9/8/22 104 Acres; $11,700/acre; 83.3 CSR2; 100% tillable

7/14/22 79 Acres; $12,300/acre; 53 CSR2; 91% tillable

6/28/22 316 acres; $15,250/acre; 83.5 CSR2; $182.63/CSR2; 96.18% tillable

March 2022; 79 acres; 74.9 tillable acres; $15,402/tillable acre; 72.5 CSR2; $212.44/CSR2; $1,153,609.80; 94.81% tillable

March 2022; 199.28 acres; 178.70 tillable acres; $10,200/tillable acre; 57.1 CSR2; $178.63/CSR2; $1,822,740; 89.67% tillable

March 2022; 160 acres; 125.4 tillable acres; $8,281/tillable acre; 82.6 CSR2; $100.25/CSR2; $1,038,437.40; 78.38% tillable

Jason J. Smith, CAI

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Howard County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Licensed to sell real estate in the state of Iowa

Howard County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Howard 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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