Shelby County, Iowa

 The following information is from Iowa State University’s Land Survey that’s released each December. Data on this page can be up to 12 months old. To see current averages and most recent results click here

Location: West Central Iowa
County Average CSR2:
CSR2 Weighted Average: 69.6

CSR2 Cropland Average: 72

State Average CSR2: 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $142.18
County Size: 591 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 342,366 total acres, 314,868 Cropland acres, 2,796 Woodland acres, 24,702 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre):
Average Farmland Value for West Central Iowa:
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $276
Rent Range: $241-$313
Average rent for West Central Iowa:
Rent per CSR Point:

Improved Permanent Pasture:
$98.00/a Regional Average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $71.00/a Regional Average
Stalk Grazing per Acre:
$8.00/a Regional Average
Hunting Rights per Acre:
$21.00/a Regional Average

Towns: Defiance, Harlan, Panama, Tennant, Earling, Irwin, Portsmouth, Westphalia, Elk Ho, Kirkman, Shelby

Unincorporated Areas:

Townships: Grove, Union, Greeley, Jefferson, Washington, Douglas, Polk, Cass, Lincoln, Harlan, Center, Jackson, Shelby, Fairview, Monroe, Clay

History: Shelby County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after General Isaac Shelby, a hero in the American Revolutionary War and the first Goveor of Kentucky. On February 4, 1855, Shelbyville was designated the county seat. in April, 1859, the seat was moved to Harlan. One year later the first courthouse was erected and a second courthouse was constructed in 1875. In 1892, the construction of the present courthouse was begun, this time of stone and three storeys high. The construction was completed in 1893 with the dedication on September 14th. In 1978, the building was extensively restored and still serves as the courthouse.

Additional Information: Learn more on the Shelby County Iowa website.


Recent Farmland Sales in this County

9/30/22 67.26 Acres; $17,300/acre; 71.9 CSR2; 97% tillable

9/30/22 212.45 Acres; $15,800/acre; 67.1 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/17/22 144.04 Acres; $16,100/acre; 73.9 CSR2; 100% tillable

8/31/22 156.1 acres; $16,100/acre; 68.7 CSR2; $234.35/CSR2; 99.07% tillable

7/25/22 156 Acres; $15,000/acre; 68 CSR2; 99.5% tillable

6/27/22 86.5 acres; $14,300/acre; 74.6 CSR2; $191.69/CSR2; 81.03% tillable

6/2/22 101.81 acres; $15,700/acre; 81.7 CSR2; $192.17; $1,598,417; 97.54% tillable

4/28/22 152 acres; $13,100/acre; 70.8 CSR2; $185.03/CSR2; 96.13% tillable

4/4/22 249.3 acres; 232.94 tillable acres; $9,800/acre; 69.9 CSR2; $140.2/CSR2; $2,282,812; 93.44% tillable


All farmland values for Shelby 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.


You can find Farmland For Sale in Shelby County Iowa at  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 Blog.


If you are searching for an estate attorney to help you with legal work of an estate in Iowa you can search for Estate Attorneys in Shelby County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.