Dickinson County farmland values
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  • 10/14/16; 113.35 Acres; $668,765; $5,900.00/Acre; 100% Tillable; 83.3 CSR 2; $70.83/CSR 2 Point
  • 12/8/16; 138.26 Acres; $1,168,297; $8,450.00/Acre; Cropland; 87.8 CSR 2; $96.35/Acre
  • 12/22/16; 40 Acres; $324,000; $8,100.00/Acre; Cropland; 91.9 CSR 2; $88.14/CSR 2 Point
  • 12/22/16; 50 Acres; $115,000; $2,300.00/Acre; Pasture
  • 12/22/16; 60 Acres; $486,000; $8,100.00/Acre; Cropland; 93.2 CSR 2; $86.91/CSR 2 Point
  • 5/24/17 150 acres $6900 CSR2 78.5 144.81 tillable
  • 8/23/17 77 Acres $9,300 85.6 CSR2 77.2 Tillable $108.64 per CSR2 Point
  • 9/2/17 40 Acres $12,100 84.8 CSR2 37.6 Tillable $142.69 per CSR2 Point
  • 4/6/18 129.8 Acres $5,300 74.2 CSR2 70.14 Tillable Acres $71.43 per CSR2 Point
  • 4/6/18 20.3 Acres $4,100 N/A CSR2 0 Tillable Acres

Dickinson County

Location: Northwest Iowa
County Average CSR: 65.5 weighted average, 71 Cropland Average, 89 CSR2 Cropland Average
State Average CSR:
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $125.50
County Size: 381 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 201,126 total acres, 180,906 Cropland acres, 823 Woodland acres, 19,397 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre): $8,220
Average Farmland Value for Northwest Iowa: $9,388
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $216.00
Rent Range: $125/a to $280/a
Average rent for Northwest Iowa: $248.00
Rent per CSR Point: $2.43 per CSR2
Improved Permanent Pasture: $82.00/a Region 1 average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $59.00/a Region 1 average
Stalk Grazing per Acre: $14/a Region 1 average
Hunting Rights per Acre: $20/a Region 1 average

Towns: Aolds Park, Orleans, Terril, Lake Park, Spirit Lake, Wahpeton, Milford, Superior, West Okoboji, Okoboji

Unincorporated Areas: Montgomery

Townships: Center Grove, Lakeville, Okoboji, Spirit Lake, Diamond Lake, Lloyd, Richland, Superior, Excelsior, Milford, Silver Lake, Westport

History: Dickinson County, the smallest Iowa county in land area, is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a lawyer and senator from New York. In the summer of 1856 Rowland Gardner came from Cerro Gordo County to settle. He and his family erected cabins, which came to be known as Gardners Grove. Soon after many families started to settle in the area. But by the end of the year the population was only 40 residents, half of that being children.In the winter of 1856-1857 a renegade band of Sioux Indians attacked the settlers around the lake, killing all but four women. Later, two of the four women were murdered and the remaining two were rescued. For six days the ravaging and pillaging of settlements and killing of livestock continued. Word of the "Spirit Lake Massacre" finally reached Fort Dodge. An expedition was launched to pursue the Indians, but the main job tued out to be burying the dead.Following the massacre there was a large increase in settlers, especially in the summer. This second wave of pioneers organized the county for independence. A petition was sent to the judge in Woodbury County, a seven-day jouey by horseback, asking for a separate organization. An election was held calling for county officials, and on August 4, 1857 Dickinson County was formed. The first courthouse was built in Spirit Lake. It was begun in 1859 and partially finished in 1860. In 1860 it was used as a barracks for Civil War troops and was completed in 1868. This building was destroyed by fire in 1872.A second courthouse was constructed using the salvageable bricks of the first courthouse, but it was soon deemed unsatisfactory and condemned in 1880.In September 1889 a $15,000 bond issue was proposed for the construction of a new courthouse. It was passed by a large majority. Construction of the third courthouse began on October 4, 1890 and was completed in 1891. Since its completion the building has seen three additions, one in 1957 and two more in 1976 and 1978. The funding for these additions came from the Federal Revenue Sharing fund.

Additional Information: Lea more on the Dickinson County Iowa website.

Information updated as of 1/29/18.  Compiled from sources including Iowa State University, Dickinson County Extension Office, Dickinson County courthouse records, Surety Maps, Wikipedia, Iowa Department of Transportation and USDA. An attempt has been made to verify information but it is not guaranteed to be accurate. Confirm all information that you must rely for decision making purposes.


Iowa Farmland Prices Dickinson County


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Farmland Sales Resources for Dickinson County Iowa


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Estate Attorneys in Dickinson County Iowa


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 Dickinson County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.

Auctioneers Spirit Lake IowaDickinson County Iowa Auctioneer 

Jason J. Smith, CAI


Land Broker | Auctioneer | Appraiser


(712)592-8965 Jason@DreamDirt.com


Licensed to sell real estate in Iowa and Nebraska


Jason is the Iowa real estate broker for DreamDirt.  With vast experience as an agricultural auctioneer and land broker Jason can help you evaluate and appraise farmland, 1031 Exchanges, farm estates, farm retirement plans and liquidation of agricultural assets.  Jason is one of only 9 graduates in Iowa of the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) a 3 year advanced executive auctioneers education program of the National Auctioneers Association at Indiana University.  Jason also has graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering, holds a real estate brokers license in Iowa and Nebraska and auctioneering licenses in Missouri and North Dakota.


Dickinson county Iowa auctioneerDickinson County Iowa Auctioneer 


Thomas J. Bradley


Auctioneer | Appraiser


(515)202-7687 Tom@DreamDirt.com


Tom is the lead Iowa auctioneer at DreamDirt. Sellers have relied on Tom’s expert guidance in the sale of farmland, machinery, hay crops, livestock and homes throughout Iowa.  Tom and his family live near Winterset where he conducts regular auctions at DreamDirt’s Agricultural Marketplace, Madison County Livestock Auction and Tom travels with the DreamDirt farmland sales team across the Midwest to conduct farmland auctions and farm retirement auctions.  Tom has conducted well over 1000 auctions for private sellers, retirements, estates and banks and can help you understand the process as well as appraise the expected value of assets you are considering selling.