It’s rare that large contiguous tracts of grassland and cropland come up for sale at auction. Throw in a bit of history and you’re sure to get some bidding interest.
That happened in Wichita County on Oct. 28, when the historic “White Woman Ranch” was sold at auction. The ranch, more of the most prestigious ranches in western Kansas, was homesteaded in the late 1890s by the Willis Family.
The land, totaling about 3,000 acres, sold in six tracts. Tract 1, about 2,145 acres of grassland was sold in combination with tract 2, about 132 acres of cropland. Those tracts brought $1,250 per acre. The remaining four tracts were all mostly cropland.
Tract 3, 86 acres of cropland, brought $2,100 per acre. Tract 4, about 159 acres, sold for $1,900 per acre. Tract 5, about 134 acres with 129 in cropland and the balance in grass, brought $2,125 per acre.
The final tract, 337 acres of cropland with 174 acres planted to wheat, brought $2,175 per acre.
The buyer of the historic property was another well-known name in western Kansas: Vulgamore Family Farms, which has its headquarters in neighboring Scott County.
Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale of the ranch, which was conducted with live bidding onsite as well as online and telephone bidding open.
About 610 acres of cropland, grass and Conservation Reserve Program acres sold in four tracts on Oct. 21 in Gove County.
Tract 1, about 105 acres with 98 acres in grass and the balance enrolled in CRP, brought $1,150 per acre. Tract 2, about 241 acres, all in cropland, brought $1,800 per acre.
Tract 3, about 100 acres, all in grassland, was bid in at $1,250 per acre, while the final tract, about 180 acres of grassland, brought $1,200 per acre.
The seller was Billie and Leonard Flora LLC. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
About 172 acres of farmland in Sheridan County brought $1,875 at private auction. The sale included all mineral rights. The seller was the Jeff W. Foster Revocable Trust. Faulkner Real Estate and Auction of Ulysses handled the sale.
In another Sheridan County sale, about 320 acres of cropland and grass was sold at auction with live, online and telephone bidding available. The land sold in two tracts.
Tract 1, about 160 acres with 80 acres in cropland and 80 acres in grass, brought $1,450 per acre. Tract 2, about 160 acres with 112 acres in cropland and the balance in grass, brought $1,300.
The seller was Ella Rose Zerr and the late Albinus Zerr. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
About 160 acres of Morton County farmland and 100% of the mineral rights with it was sold by private auction in September.
The land brought $875 per acre. The sellers were Eric L. Roof and Michael Roof. Faulkner handled the sale.
In another Morton County sale, about 160 acres of land was sold in October. The quarter-section was in expiring CRP and brought $740 per acre. The Long Family Trust was the seller. Faulkner handled the sale.
About 90 acres of land with a modern home was sold through private treaty in a deal that closed Oct. 19. The land is timbered, recreational ground in an area near Burr Oak that is known for large white tail deer, turkey, pheasant and quail.
It sold for $314,000 or about $3,493 per acre.
About 160 acres of dryland cropland in Rush County was sold at auction on Oct. 30. The land sold in one tract for $900 per acre. The sellers were Todd and Renee Bauer. Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned handled the sale.
About 288 acres of Finney County farmland was sold by private auction in October. The property sold in a single tract for $1,300 per acre. The Kraus Trust was the seller. Faulkner handled the sale.
About 460 acres of grassland and cropland was sold at auction on Oct. 14. The property was sold in one tract for $1,000 per acre. The sellers were Alvin and Dee Ann Matheson. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
Ness and Lane counties
About 480 acres of land was sold at public auction on Oct. 20.
The land sold in three tracts, two of them in Ness County and one in Lane County. All three tracts are enrolled in CRP contracts that are expiring.
Tract 1, 160 acres in Ness County, brought $1,225 per acre while Tract 2, also in Ness County, was 160 acres. It sold for $1,025 per acre. The final tract, 160 acres in Lane County, brought $850 per acre.
The seller was H3S Family LLC. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
About 640 acres of cropland and grass in Lincoln County was sold at auction on Oct. 30.
The land was listed in two tracts but sold to a single buyer for $1,496 per acre. The seller was Ringler Ranch No. 2 LLC. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
Texas County, Okla.
About 320 acres of irrigated farmland sold at private auction in September.
The property brought $2,700 per acre. The Gloden Family Trust was the seller. Faulkner handled the sale.
Kiowa County, Colo.
About 775 acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program was sold at auction on Oct. 16. The land was sold in three tracts.
Tract 1, about 232 acres, sold for $1,000 per acre. Tract 2, about 383 acres, brought $925 per acre while the final tract, about 162 acres, was bid in at $475 per are.
The sale was conducted as a live auction with online and telephone bidding also available. The seller was the family of Mac and Kay Davis. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.