Mahaska 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

Mahaska County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Mahaska County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Mahaska County is $10,453 per acre which is up $992 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Mahaska County is $132.32 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Mahaska County is ranked 77 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Mahaska County in 2023 was $18,000 per acre.
Location Southeast, Iowa
County Size 571 sq. miles
Total Acres 329,038
Cropland Acres 273,633
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $10,453
Average Price Per Acre for Southeast, IA $10,460
CSR2 Weighted Average 68.2
CSR2 Cropland Average 79
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $132.32
Average County Rent $224
Rent Range $190-$258
Average rent for Southeast, Iowa $252
Rent per CSR2 Point $2.77
Improved Permanent Pasture $79
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $56
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre $16
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Towns: Baes City, Keomah Village, Oskaloosa, Beacon, Leighton, Rose Hill, Eddyville, New Sharon, University Park, Fremont

Unincorporated Areas: Cedar, Hopewell, Indianapolis

Townships: Richland, Prairie, Union, Pleasant Grove, Black Oak, Madison, Adams, Monroe, Scott, Garfield, Spring Creek, White Oak, Jefferson, West Des Moines, Harrison, Cedar

History: Mahaska County was formed on February 17, 1843. The county has been self-goveing since February 5, 1844. It was named after Chief Mahaska of the Iowa tribe. The county was the first in Iowa to have a sheriff and a justice of peace. The first courthouse was completed in January, 1846. The second structure was put into use on February 27, 1886. The first school, a small log cabin one-half mile east of Oskaloosa, was opened on September 16, 1844 and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church opened as the first church in 1846. On July 2, 1850, the first edition of the Iowa Herald was issued (today the Oskaloosa Herald). In 1864, the first tracks were laid through the county of the Des Moines Valley Railroad. Coal mining was once a major industry in Mahaska County. In the 19th century, Muchakinock, about 5 miles south of Oskaloosa, was probably the largest and most prosperous coal camp in Iowa.

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

12/21/23 135 acres $7,000/acre;; 62.8 CSR2; $111.46/CSR2; 77% tillable

12/21/23 258 acres; $6,800/acre; 70.8 CSR2; $96.05/CSR2; 78% tillable

12/21/23 38.5 acres; $6,850/acre; 62.8 CSR2; $109.08/CSR2; 65% tillable

11/2/23 72.25 Acres; $7,400/acre; 53.8 CSR2; 88.8% tillable

9/9/23 160 Acres; $18,000/acre; 74 CSR2; 95% tillable

8/24/23 168 Acres; $14,200/acre; 80.1 CSR2; 72% tillable

8/30/23 75.49 Acres; $14,100/acre; 86 CSR2 100% tillable

4/13/23 77 Acres; $5,300/acre; 54.8 CSR2; 81% tillable

2/2/23 95 Acres; $13,600/acre; 81.8 CSR2; 100% tillable

1/9/23 37.88 Acres; $9,800/acre; 61.4 CSR2; 98% tillable

1/9/23 78.97 Acres; $6,200/acre; 55.7 CSR2; 82% tillable

1/9/23 152.57 Acres; $7,700/acre; 60.6 CSR2; 85% tillable

1/9/23 76.54 Acres; $15,700/acre; 87.3 CSR2; 98% tillable

12/28/22 158.97 acres 157 tillable acres $14,100/acre 83 CSR2 $169.88/CSR2 $2,241,477 98.76% tillable

12/28/22 138.67 acres 138 tillable acres $14,200/acre 82.3 CSR2 $172.54/CSR2 $1,969,114 99.52% tillable

12/28/22 159.57 acres 158 tillable acres $11,550/acre 73.6 CSR2 $156.93/CSR2 $1,843,033.50 99.02% tillable

12/20/22 46.51 acres 44.19 tillable acres $15,800 77.5CSR2 $203.87/csr2 $734,858.00 95.01% tillable

11/9/22 100 Acres; $8,950/acre; 59.1 CSR2; 87% tillable

11/9/22 78 Acres; $11,000/acre; 77.9 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/21/22 85.25 Acres; $13,350/acre; 76.5 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/21/22 90.52 Acres; $10,200/acre; 69.9 CSR2; 89% tillable

8/29/22 116.95 acres; $6,200/acre; 69.4 CSR2; $89.34/CSR2; 81.21% tillable

6/16/22 113.32 acres; $15.500/acre; 81.6 CSR2; $189.95/CSR2; 95.81% tillable

Jason J. Smith, CAI

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Mahaska County Farmland Sales

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Licensed to sell real estate in the state of Iowa

Mahaska County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Mahaska 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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