Polk County farmland values
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Recent Sales In This County
  • 9/9/2016; 145.36 Acre; $872,160; $6,000.00/Acre; 84% Tillable; 74.1 CSR 2; $80.97/CSR 2 Point
  • 11/14/2016; 84.56 Acres; $754974; $8928.26/Acre; 84% Tillable ; 72.4 CSR 2 Point; $123/CSR 2 Point
  • 6/6/17 174.39 Development Acres $22,500 87.6 CSR2 171.24 Tillable 131.39 per CSR2 Point
  • 8/08/17 51.7 Acres $11,000 82.8 CSR2 50.84 Tillable $132.85 per CSR2 Point
  • 8/08/17 84.2 Acres $10,000 91.8 CSR2 79.5 Tillable $108.93 per CSR2 Point
  • 9/19/17 22.6 Acres $8,500
  • 9/19/17 74.4 Acres $5,000 46.2 CSR2 46.2 Tillable $108.22 per CSR2 Point
  • 9/27/17 158 Acres $4,557 62.9 CSR2 99.9 Tillable $72.44 per CSR2 Point
  • 12/12/17 60 Acres $12,000 79.4 CSR2 55.6 Tillable Acres $151.13 per CSR2 Point
  • 12/12/17 57 Acres $8,800 72.3 CSR2 27.8 Tillable Acres $121.71 per CSR2 Point
  • 12/12/17 21 Acres $7,950 72.5 CSR2 12.7 Tillable Acres $109.65 per CSR2 Point
  • 3/1/18 128 Acres $No Sale 74.7 CSR2 121.51 Tillable Acres
  • 3/1/18 29 Acres $2,700 N/A CSR2 0 Tillable Acres

Polk County

Location: Central Iowa
County Average CSR: 74.2 weighted average, 88 Cropland Average, 90 CSR2 Cropland Average
State Average CSR:
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $104.08
County Size: 57092 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 225,623 total acres, 200,801 Cropland acres, 8,993 Woodland acres, 15,829 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre): $7,723
Average Farmland Value for Central Iowa: $8,097
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $220.00
Rent Range: $183/a to $261/a
Average rent for Central Iowa: $237.00
Rent per CSR Point: $2.44 per CSR2
Improved Permanent Pasture: $76/a region average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $56/a
Stalk Grazing per Acre: $19/a regional average
Hunting Rights per Acre: $13/a regional average

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, Salorville, 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.

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

Information updated as of 1/29/18. Compiled from sources including Iowa State University, Polk County Extension Office, Polk County courthouse records in Des Moines, 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 Polk County


All farmland values 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 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.


Farmland Sales Resources for Polk County Iowa


You can find Farmland For Sale in  Polk County Iowa at www.DreamDirt.com.  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 and Auction Blog.


Estate Attorneys in Polk 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 Polk County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.


Farmland Sales Resources for Polk County Iowa


Auctioneers in Des Moines IowaPolk County Iowa Farmland Sales


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.


Des Moines Iowa AuctioneersPolk 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.


Auctioneer Polk County IowaFarmland Sales Specialist Central Iowa


Jason Dvorak


Farmland Specialist | Auctioneer 


(515) 238-9685 JasonD@DreamDirt.com


Jason is an auctioneer in Central Iowa and licensed to sell real estate.  Jason and his family live in the Ames area.  Jason has extensive experience in conducting professional auctions for real estate, farmland and farm equipment.  Jason’s also operates a large auction house in Des Moines serving clients from all across Iowa and has conducted over 300 personal property and farmland real estate auctions.