Story 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

Story County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Story County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Story County is $13,999 per acre which is up $557 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Story County is $160.91 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Story County is ranked 17 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Story County in 2023 was $18,800 per acre.
Location Central, Iowa
County Size 573 sq. miles
Total Acres 340,885
Cropland Acres 316,839
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $13,999
Average Price Per Acre for Central, IA $13,014
CSR2 Weighted Average 80.2
CSR2 Cropland Average 87
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $160.91
Average County Rent $291
Rent Range $251-$332
Average rent for Central, Iowa $292
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.38
Improved Permanent Pasture $87
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $64
Stalk Grazing per Acre $18
Hunting Rights per Acre $21
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Towns: Ames, Huxley, Roland, Cambridge, Kelley, Sheldahl, Collins, Maxwell, Slater, Colo, McCallsburg, Story City, Gilbert, Nevada, Zearing

Unincorporated Areas:

Townships: Lafayette, Howard, Warren, Lincoln, Franklin, Milford, Richland, Sherman, Washington, Grant, Nevada, New Albany, Palestine, Union, Indian Creek, Collins

History: The land that today is known as Story County was originally prairie with the exception of some groves along the larger streams in the area. In 1846 the boundaries of Story County were established. The County has an area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2) and is square in shape. The county was named after Joseph Story, a preeminent United States Supreme Court Justice, in 1853. The first settlers in Story County came mainly from Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania. Later, many Norwegians, Germans and Danes came directly from overseas and inhabited the area. The first large population influx occurred during the 1850s. Story County was not mentioned in the Federal Census in 1850, but figures from the State of Iowa put the population at 214 in 1852. By 1860 the population had increased to 4,501.

Story County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

9/7/23 37.15 Acres; $17,000/acre; 88.5 CSR2; 96.3% tillable

8/1/23 200 Acres; $17,700/acre; 88.1 CSR2; 97.3% tillable

8/11/23 87 Acres; $18,800/acre; 88 CSR2; 99% tillable

8/11/23 79 Acres; $16,600/acre; 88.5 CSR2; 100% tillable

6/7/23 97.27 Acres; $10,300/acre; 82.7 CSR2; 95% tillable

5/31/23 76.82 Acres; $18,700/acre; 78.2 CSR2; 96% tillable

3/23/23 43.31 Acres; $17,000/acre; 87.9 CSR2; 95% tillable

3/23/23 80 Acres; $16,100/acre; 84.7 CSR2; 96% tillable

3/23/23 81.47 Acres; $14,600/acre; 84.3 CSR2; 97% tillable

3/10/23 56.61 Acres; $6,995/acre; 78 CSR2; 26% tillable

3/7/23 53.85 Acres; $15,100/acre; 88 CSR2; 87% tillable

1/26/23 80 Acres; $14,300/acre; 84.1 CSR2; 92% tillable

11/21/22 80 Acres; $15,200/acre; 88.5 CSR2; 99% tillable

10/7/22 56 Acres; $11,100/acre; 66.4 CSR2; 94% tillable

8/18/22 80 Acres; $15,700/acre; 88 CSR2; 96.1% tillable

7/27/22 116 Acres; $20,000/acre; 83.3 CSR2; 94.83% tillable

5/3/22 115.03 Acres; 97% tillable; 86.5 CSR2; $19,200/acre

4/19/22 154.16 Acres; 140 Tillable Acres; 79.4 CSR2; $14,700/acre

4/5/22 73.5 acres; 68 tillable acres; $18,300/acres; 87.4 CSR2; $209.38/CSR2; $1,244,400; 92.52% tillable

March 2022 80 acres; 76.28 tillable acres; $19,000/tillable acre; 86 CSR2; $220.93/CSR2; $1,449,320; 95.35% tillable

March 2022 107 acres; 102 tillable acres; $11,000/tillable acre; 72.3 CSR2; $152.14/CSR2; $1,122,000; 95.33% tillable

2/23/22 56.16 Acres; $11,700/acre; 85.6 CSR2; 78% tillable

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Story County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Story County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Story 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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