Shelby 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

Shelby County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Shelby County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Shelby County is $12,750 per acre which is up $378 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Shelby County is $177.08 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Shelby County is ranked 37 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Shelby County in 2023 was $16,250 per acre.
Location West Central, Iowa
County Size 591 sq. miles
Total Acres 342,366
Cropland Acres 314,868
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $12,750
Average Price Per Acre for West Central, IA $12,741
CSR2 Weighted Average 69.6
CSR2 Cropland Average 72
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $177.08
Average County Rent $290
Rent Range $244-$335
Average rent for West Central, Iowa $298
Rent per CSR2 Point $4.03
Improved Permanent Pasture $105
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $70
Stalk Grazing per Acre $11
Hunting Rights per Acre $17
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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.

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Shelby County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

12/7/23 69.7 Acres; $15,400/acre; 61.4 CSR2; 92.7% tillable

11/8/23 234.54 Acres; $7,500/acre; 59 CSR2; 76% tillable

11/30/23 40 Acres; $18,750/acre; 92.6 CSR2; 98% tillable

8/10/23 37.8 Acres; $15,200/acre; 67.3 CSR2; 63% tillable

8/14/23 73.22 Acres; $14,100/acre; 51.7 CSR2; 92.87% tillable

8/14/23 102.75 Acres; $15,600/acre; 58.3 CSR2; 95% tillable

8/14/23 39 Acres; $11,000/acre; 60.5 CSR2; 97% tillable

8/14/23 50.5 Acres; $13,100/acre; 57.6 CSR2; 99% tillable

7/12/23 156.11 Acres; $12,500/acre; 52.4 CSR2; 100% tillable

7/12/23 11.60 Acres; $14,000/acre; 59.4 CSR2; 99.74% tillable

6/14/23 134.88 Acres; $15,500/acre; 64.8 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/14/23 90.58 Acres; $15,000/acre; 64.8 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/5/23 113.61 Acres; $15,400/acre; 58.2 CSR2; 95% tillable

6/5/23 70.22 Acres; $13,900/acre; 67.8 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/5/23 35.21 Acres; $16,250/acre; 77.4 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/9/23 136.90 Acres; $8,900/acre; 59 CSR2; 100% tillable

2/1/23 237 Acres; $11,300/acre; 64.9 CSR2; 92% tillable

1/19/23 33.46 Acres; $13,300/acre; 48.7 CSR2; 99% tillable

1/19/23 95.03 Acres; $10,000/acre; 75.9 CSR2; 84% tillable

11/15/22 79 Acres; $13,700/acre; 74.5 CSR2; 98% tillable

11/15/22 70.31 Acres; $13,400/acre; 74.9 CSR2; 97% tillable

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

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Shelby County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Shelby County Farmland Values and Averages

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.

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