Shelby County Iowa

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You’ll find everything you need to know about farmland for sale in Shelby County, Iowa, right here. Average land prices, the biggest towns within the county, the available land for sale, and many additional resources that will help make your Iowa land search easier.Contact your Shelby County land broker or auctioneer with any questions local land Broker/Auctioneer Luke Skinner 515-468-3610 with any questions or to request a FREE farm appraisal.

Location: West Central Iowa

Average Farmland Value:  $12,750 (2023) a 3.1% increase from 2022.

CSR2 Price Per Point Average: $183.19

Estimated Average Corn Yield: 160-260

Average Cash Rent Per Acre: $290 ($225 – $375)

Average County Cash Rent Per Acre Pasture: $66-$115

Towns: Defiance, Harlan, Panama, Tennant, Earling, Irwin, Portsmouth, Westphalia, Elk Ho, Kirkman, Shelby

Townships: Grove, Union, Greeley, Jefferson, Washington, Douglas, Polk, Cass, Lincoln, Harlan, Center, Jackson, Shelby, Fairview, Monroe, Clay

Adjacent Counties: Crawford, Audubon, Cass, Pottawattamie, Harrison

County Seat: Harlan, IA

County Website: Learn more about the county at  Shelby County Website  

Additional Shelby County Agricultural Informational Website:

Shelby County Census of Agriculture

County Assessor: You can learn individual farm information; parcel ID numbers, farm taxes, recent land sales, and even landowners names and mailing addresses on the county  Assessor Page here.

County Fair: The 2022 Shelby County fair will be July 13-17. To learn more about the county fair visit the Website Here.

2020 Land Value Recap Report: Click

FREE Farm Appraisal: We work hand and hand with dirt everyday. Nobody knows land value better than your local land agent here at Iowa Land Company. We use five key variables to determine what the dirt is worth on one particular farm. To learn more about how we value a farm or to request a free farm evaluation visit our What’s Your Farm Worth page. Fill out our simple contact form or contact Luke Skinner your local land Broker/Auctioneer at (515) 468-3610. 

Shelby County 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 Governor of Kentucky.  Early settling in Shelby County began in 1848 in Galland’s Grove.  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 14. The 1892 Shelby County Courthouse and the surrounding buildings are all listed in the National Register of Historic places effective September 23, 1994.  In 1978, the building was extensively restored and still serves as the courthouse.  Wikipedia page.

Please note that the above farm land values are averages and are not guaranteed in every situation. If you need an appraisal on a specific piece of land, call us to discuss how we can help. Farmland prices can change notoriously quickly, meaning information on this website may vary from the current prices as you view this content. Price per acre exact numbers and county averages came from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Surveys


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