Polk 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

Polk County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Polk County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Polk County is $12,678 per acre which is up $731 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Polk County is $140.87 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Polk County is ranked 39 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Polk County in 2023 was $24,050 per acre.
Location Central, Iowa
County Size 592 sq. miles
Total Acres 225,623
Cropland Acres 200,801
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $12,678
Average Price Per Acre for Central, IA $13,014
CSR2 Weighted Average 70.7
CSR2 Cropland Average 90
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $140.87/td>
Average County Rent $289
Rent Range $242-$340
Average rent for Central, Iowa $292
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.25
Improved Permanent Pasture $87
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $64
Stalk Grazing per Acre $18
Hunting Rights per Acre $21
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Towns: Alleman, Clive, Johnston, Runnells, Altoona, Des Moines, Mitchellville, Sheldahl, Ankeny, Elkhart, Norwalk, Urbandale, Bondurant, Granger, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Carlisle, Grimes, Polk City, Windsor Heights

Unincorporated Areas: Avon, Enterprise, Saylorville, Berwick, Farrar

Townships: Allen, Beaver, Bloomfield, Camp, Clay, Crocker, Delaware, Des Moines, Douglas, Elkhart, Four Mile, Franklin, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Saylor, Union, Walnut, Washington, Webster and the Unorganized Territory of Saylorville

History: Polk County was formed on January 13, 1846. It was named after President James K. Polk. The first courthouse, a two-story structure, was built in 1846. Construction of a second courthouse was begun in 1858. Due to construction delays and the onset of the Civil War, the structure was not completed until 1866. The present courthouse was erected in 1906 in the Beaux Arts style. It was dedicated on October 31, 1906. In 1962, an extensive renovation was undertaken.

Polk County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

12/20/23 233.96 acres; $15,900/acre; 88.2 CSR2; $180.27/CSR2; 97% tillable

11/30/23 123.95 Acres; $18,500/acre; 86.9 CSR2; 99.5% tillable

9/7/23 134.02 Acres; $11,700/acre; 77.7 CSR2; 93.2% tillable

9/7/23 33.8 Acres; $5,600/acre; 54.3 CSR2; 94.9% tillable

9/7/23 34.47 Acres; $8,600/acre; 78.4 CSR2; 96.2% tillable

8/3/23 31.21 Acres; $24,050/acre; 87.9 CSR2; 96% tillable

8/1/23 80 Acres; $14,000/acre; 76.6 CSR2; 97% tillable

12/9/22 157 acres 155.32 tillable acres $12,700/acre 75.8 CSR2 $167.55/CSR2 $1,993,900 98.93% tillable

10/26/22 78.5 Acres; $20,300/acre; 86.1 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/28/22 112 Acres; $5,200/acre; 79.9 CSR2; 80% tillable

9/28/22 130 Acres; $7,800/acre; 83.9 CSR2; 85% tillable

9/28/22 35 Acres; $19,450/acre; 55.6 CSR2; 89% tillable

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Polk County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Polk County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Polk 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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