Story County farmland values
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Recent Sales In This County
  • 11/16/2016; 70.56 Acres; $649152; $9200/Acre; 95% Tillable; 86.6 CSR 2; $106/CSR 2 Point
  • 11/16/2016; 70.7 Acre; $650440; $9200/Acre; 98% Tillable; 83.6 CSR 2; $110.05/CSR 2 Point
  • 11/22/2016; 120 Acres; $1236000; $10300/Acre; 97% Tillable; 88.3 CSR 2; $117/CSR 2 Point
  • 8/09/17 77.82 Acres $11,500 85 CSR2 75.95 Tillable $135.29 per CSR2 Point
  • 8/30/17 139.92 Acres $8,600 86.3 CSR2 134.9 Tillable $99.65 per CSR2 Point
  • 9/8/17 119 Acres No Sale 83.7 CSR2 117.1 Tillable
  • 10/24/17 80 Acres $9,100 86.9 CSR2 75.2 Tillable $104.71 per CSR2 Point
  • 10/24/17 160 Acres $11,000 88.9 CSR2 154.6 Tillable $123.73 per CSR2 Point
  • 10/24/17 80 Acres $8,500 83.4 CSR2 78.65 Tillable $101.91 per CSR2 Point
  • 10/24/17 148.55 Acres $11,300 84.4 CSR2 143.89 Tillable $133.88 per CSR2 Point
  • 10/24/17 158 Acres $11,400 84.5 CSR2 157.72 Tillable $134.91 per CSR2 Point
  • 10/24/17 160 Acres $11,400 85.6 CSR2 157.01 Tillable $133.17 per CSR2 Point
  • 11/7/17 40 Acres $No Sale 82.56 CSR2 25.67 Tillable Acres
  • 2/21/18 313 Acres $11,300 85.4 CSR2 300.5 Tillable Acres $132.32 per CSR2 Point
  • 2/21/18 145 Acres $11,400 88.9 CSR2 146.8 Tillable Acres $128.23 per CSR2 Point

Story County

Location: Central Iowa
County Average CSR: 77.6 weighted average, 83 Cropland Average, 87 CSR2 Cropland Average
State Average CSR:
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $111.49
County Size: 573 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 340,885 total acres, 316,839 Cropland acres, 6,308 Woodland acres, 17,738 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre): $8,652
Average Farmland Value for Central Iowa: $8,097
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County: $17,000

Average County Rent: $236.00
Rent Range: $204/a to $269/a
Average rent for Central Iowa: $237.00
Rent per CSR Point: $2.71 per CSR2
Improved Permanent Pasture: $76.00/a
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $53.00/a
Stalk Grazing per Acre: $19/a regional average
Hunting Rights per Acre: $13/a regional average

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.

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

Information updated as of 1/29/18. Compiled from sources including Iowa State University, Story County Extension Office, Story County courthouse records at Ames Iowa, 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


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Farmland Sales Resources for Story County Iowa


You can find Farmland For Sale in Story 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 and Auction Blog.


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


Farmland Sales Resources for Story County Iowa


Farmland Story County IowaStory County Iowa Auctioneer | Land Broker

Jason J. Smith, CAI


Land Broker | Auctioneer | Appraiser




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.


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Thomas J. Bradley


Auctioneer | Appraiser




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.


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Jason Dvorak


Farmland Specialist | Auctioneer 


(515) 238-9685


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 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.