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High-quality irrigated land in Edwards County tops $6,000 per acre

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IRRIGATION MATTERS: When it comes to getting top dollar for farmland, irrigation matters. So does good quality soils and the right location. A 165-acre parcel of irrigated cropland in Edwards County recently sold for $6,300 per acre.
Quality cropland still bringing top dollar, even as overall prices have softened.

Getting top dollar for Kansas farmland relies on top quality soils, the right location and the right bidders.

All those factors came together for a Dec. 4 sale in Edwards County, when a 165-acre parcel was sold at auction.

“I’ve been in this business for 30 years and it’s getting to be more and more about location,” said Jim Froetschner, owner of Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned, which handled the sale for Fred and Diana Schultz. “This land had been machine leveled and converted to pivot several years ago. It has good water rights and a good pivot.”

When the final gavel fell, the sale price was $6,300 per acre.

“We had three bidders who hung in there above $6,000,” Froetschner said. “It just depends on the right piece of ground, the right day and bidders who want it.”

In another Edwards County sale, about 278 acres of land was sold at auction on Dec. 20. The property sold in two tracts.

Tract 1, about 140 acres of dry cropland with 40 acres planted to wheat, brought $2,100 per acre.

Tract 2, about 138 acres of dry cropland with about 35 acres of growing wheat, also sold for $2,100 per acre.

The sellers were Louis and Scott Wetzel. Carr Auction and Real Estate also handled that sale.

Rawlins County
About 160 acres of Rawlins County land was sold at auction on Dec. 5. The land sold in one tract. About 104 acres is planted to winter wheat. The land brought $2,250 per acre. Wayne Faber was the seller. Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale.

Trego County
About 470 acres of Trego County cropland was sold at auction on Dec. 12. The property sold in two tracts. Tract 1, about 310 acres included 77 acres of cropland, 224 acres of grassland and roadways, and about 9 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program. It brought $950 per acre.

Tract 2, about 160 acres with 109 in grassland and 51 in CRP, brought $1,200 per acre.

The sellers were Gene and Judy Fabrizius and Ruth Fabrizius-Tinkler. Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale.

Barton County
Surface rights only to about 160 acres of Barton County land were sold at auction on Nov. 28. The land included about 53 acres of cultivated land with 53 acres enrolled in CRP. The balance was in pasture with a pond. The property brought $1,200 per acre. The seller was the Bieberle Revocable Trust. Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned handled the sale.

Hodgeman County
About 720 acres of Hodgeman County land was sold at auction on Dec. 19. The property sold in two tracts. Tract 1, about 160 acres of irrigated cropland, brought $2,575 per acre. Tract 2, about 560 acres of cropland with three center pivots, a modern 5-bedroom, 2-bath home and a detached garage and shop, as well as a metal machine shed and three steel grain bins, brought $2,100 per acre.

The seller was the Stinemetz Trust. Carr Auction handled the sale.

Barber County
About 160 acres of Barber County land was sold at auction on Dec. 8. The good-quality irrigated cropland with a center pivot and water rights to 161 acre feet, sold for $3,400 per acre. The seller was Walter “Gene” Kruckenberg. Carr Auction handled the sale.

Grant County
About 163 acres of Grant County cropland was sold at private auction. The land included high productive fields and immediate income from growing cotton. The irrigated cropland brought $780 per acre. The seller was Jennings. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

In a second Grant County sale, about 320 acres of farmland with water rights was sold in a private auction that closed on Jan. 10. That land brought $775 per acre. The seller was the Verna Long Estate. Faulkner Real Estate and Auction of Ulysses handled the sale.

Faulkner also handled the sale of two additional Grant County land parcels for a single seller. About 160 acres of land enrolled in CRP brought $710 per acre in a deal that closed Dec. 29. An additional 80 acres of CRP ground brought $720 per acre in a deal that closed Jan. 9. The seller on those two parcels was Wood.

Franklin County
About 313 acres of Franklin County land was sold in a sealed bid sale that closed in December. The property was offered in three tracts. The land includes fertile river bottom cropland, lots of old growth timber and is located within easy driving distance from Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka or Emporia. This excellent, secluded hunting property brought $2,500 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

In another Franklin County sale, about 193 acres of land was sold in a sealed bid sale. The property was offered in three tracts. It is located in an excellent deer hunting area with all three tracts having water, crops and heavy cover for deer. The three tracts sold together for $1,966 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

Dickinson County
About 200 acers of Dickinson County land was sold in three tracts, including cleared pasture with new five-wire fence, a nice hay meadow with farmland acreage, and good quality farmland with a hay meadow and timber. All three tracts sold together for $1,627 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

Cloud County
About 240 acres of Cloud County cropland were sold at auction on Nov. 8. The property was offered in three tracts and includes land with annual wind energy lease income. It includes production Class II and Class III soils, conservation work and good pasture fences. The land brought $1,992 per acre. The sellers were Jon R. Fletcher, Geoffrey H. Fletcher, Mary L. Fletcher, Michael S. Fletcher and Michael C. Fletcher. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

Marion County
About 160 acres of Marion County land was offered for sealed bid sale that closed in December. The property was offered in two tracts which sold together for $2,064 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Company handled the sale.

Haskell County
Top dollar for great quality was borne out again in Haskell County sales of two estates.

About 62 acres of irrigated cropland, some irrigated and some dryland with minerals, brought $2,000 per acre. A second parcel for the same seller, about 10 acres of irrigated cropland with minerals, brought $2,250 per acre. The seller was the Luella Koehn Estate.

About 1,155 acres of irrigated land with intact minerals was sold in 9 tracts for the Henry Nightengale Estate.

Tract 1, about 160 acres brought $3,200 per acre, while Tract 2, about 480 acres, brought $2,250 per acre and Tract 3, about 160 acres, was bid in at $3,550 per acre.

Tract 4, about 54-acres of irrigated land with minerals, brought $3,150 per acre, while Tract 5, 154-acres, was bid in at $3,500 per acre.

Tract 6, about150-acres, brought $3,500 per acre, while Tract 7, about 640 acres, sold for $2,600 per acre.

Tract 8, about 136 acres, brought $3,300 per acre while the final tract, a 15-acre plot with improvements including a home, tenant home, anhydrous storage, shop and grain storage, was sold for $480,000.

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