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STILL SELLING: Good farmland is still in demand, even as COVID-19 forces realtors, buyers, sellers and bidders to make adjustments for safety reasons.

Land sales move along despite COVID-19

Realtors have had to make adjustments for health and safety as Kansas land continues to sell.

Prices are continuing to hold up for Kansas land in spite of realtors having to make adjustments to work around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has moved many auctions to an online and telephone bidding format, as well as moving many private treaty sales to the phone rather than face-to-face meetings.

In Rush County, about 313 acres of land was sold by private treaty. The property sits on the Rush-Barton County line just north of Otis and was advertised as a “nearly all tillable tract that lies very well with excellent soil types.”

The property brought $595,000, or $1,901 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Stevens County

Faulkner Real Estate and Auction of Ulysses handled sales of land in Stevens County in nine private auctions that closed during April, May and June.

In the first sale, about 160 acres of irrigated land sold for $1,800 per acre. The sellers were Shafer Family Farms LLC. In the second sale, about 640 acres of irrigated land with 25% of minerals sold for $4,500 per acre. The seller was the Thomas G. Schnittker Trust & Kay L. Schnittker Trust.

In the third sale, about 320 acres of native grass sold for $560 per acre. The seller was KMS Farms and Kevin & Misty D. Slemp individually. In the fourth sale, about 110 acres of dryland farmland sold for $650 per acre. The seller was KMS Farms.

In the fifth sale, about 160 acres of dryland farmland sold for $725 an acre. The seller was KMS Farms. In the sixth sale, about 160 acres of dryland farmland sold at private auction for $885 per acre. The seller was Veazey.

In the seventh sale, about 160 acres of dryland cropland sold for $1,215 per acre. The seller was Veazey. In the eighth sale, about 160 acres of dryland cropland sold for $700 per acre. The seller was Shafer Family Farms LLC.

In the ninth sale, about 1,280 acres of native grass sold for $500 per acre. The sellers were Larry & Karen Yoder.

Hamilton County

Faulkner Real Estate and Auction had four sales of quarter-sections of land in Hamilton County during April, May and June.

The first sale, about 160 acres of farmland enrolled in CRP, sold for $570 per acre. The sellers were the Lewis M. Gum Testamentary and the Mary Ellen Gum Estate.

In the second sale, about 160 acres of farmland sold for $650 per acre. In the third sale, about 160 acres of farmland sold for $640 per acre. In the fourth sale, about 160 acres of farmland sold for $640 per acre. The seller for those three sales was the Mary Ellen Gum Estate.

Johnson County

About 1,120 acres of Johnson County land was sold in three tracts in a private auction held in June. Tract 1 sold for $900 per acre, tract 2 sold for $775 per acre and tract 3 was bid in at $900 per acre.

The sellers were the Joseph H. Reed (1/2 interest) and Joan L. Bramlett (1/2 interest). Faulkner Real Estate and Auction handled the sale.

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