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No chill in these winter land sales

Lon Tonneson Wet snow clings to an evergreen on Midwest farm
WINTER SALES: Wet snow clings to an evergreen on Midwest farm. Land sales across North Dakota and South Dakota heated up in the middle of the winter season.
Land auctions: Sale prices top out at $7,200 per acre in this mid-winter roundup of land auction results.

Land sales warmed up in mid-winter. A farm in Moody County, S.D., which often has some of the highest land prices in the Dakotas, sold for $7,200 per acre. We also have results from public auctions in Ward, Divide and Oliver counties of North Dakota and Minor, Lincoln and Spink counties of South Dakota.

Moody County, S.D.

Approximately 152 acres in Moody County, S.D., that had been in the same family for 130 years sold in February at an auction for $7,200 per acre. Approximately 95% of the farm is tillable. The farm has a .793 soil rating from the county assessor and an 80.3 productivity index from Surety Agri Data.

This property is level to gently rolling. Approximately 15,000 feet of drain tile had been installed in the property. The project was completed in 2016. — Auction managed and conducted by Sutton Auctioneer and Land Broker, Sioux Falls, S.D. Phone: 605-336-6315. suttonauction.com.

Ward County, N.D.

Approximately 640 acres of crop, pasture and hunting land in Ward County, N.D., sold in several tracts for an average of $937 per acre. Sale prices per tract ranged from $775 to $1,250 per acre.

“The cropland has strong cropping history with good Soil Productivity Indexes, the sale bill said. “The pasture has excellent grazing with good water source.

“This property has prime habitat for wildlife and hunting for deer, small game and upland bird hunting. Great chance to add to your operation or portfolio with quality crop and pasture with hunting opportunities! Cropland is available for the 2020 crop year.” — Auction managed and conducted by Pifer’s Auction and Realty, Moorhead, Minn. Phone: 877-700-4099. pifers.com.

Minor County, S.D.

A quarter section of farmland in Miner County, S.D., brought $3,800 per acre at an auction Feb. 5. According to the Farm Service Agency, 127 acres of the parcel are tillable.

The land lays level to gently rolling and has a soil productivity index rating of 71.2. — Auction managed and conducted by Wieman Land and Auction Co., Marion, S.D. Phone: 800-251-3111. wiemanauction.com.

Divide County, N.D.

Approximately 796 acres of cropland and 131 acres of pastureland sold in four tracts. The parcels sold for $525, $750, $1,500 and $1,550 per acre for an average of $1,095 per acre.

“Exceptional producing land for corn, soybeans and wheat,” the sale bill read. “Property has a very strong Soil Productivity Index (SPI) much of it in the 70s to 80s! The pasture has excellent grazing with good water source and fencing.

“This property has prime habitat for wildlife and hunting for deer, small game and upland bird hunting.” — Auction managed and conducted by Pifer’s Auction and Realty, Moorhead, Minn. Phone: 877-700-4099.

Lincoln County, S.D.

Approximately 220 acres Lincoln County, S.D., sold in two tracts of 145 and 75 acres for $7,000 and $6,250 per acre, respectively, at an auction Feb. 5.

The 145-acre parcel has 133 tillable acres. The county soil rating is .687. The 75-acre parcel is nearly 100% tillable with a county soil rating of rating of .617. — Auction managed and conducted by Westra Atkins Land and Auction, Beresford, S.D. Phone: 605-310-6941. westraatkins.com.

Spink County, S.D.

Approximately 320 acres of cropland near Redfield in Spink County, S.D., sold for $3,964 per acre.

The sale bill described the property as “half mile rounds with minor obstacles.” — Auction conducted and managed by United Country/Advantage Land Co., Brookings, S.D. Phone: 605-692-2525. advantagelandco.com.

Oliver County, N.D.

Approximately 640 acres in Oliver County sold in four parcels for an average of $1,605 per acre. Approximately 546 acres were cropland.

Prices of the parcels ranged from $950 per acre to $2,820 per acre. One parcel has a wind turbine lease with an annual escalator through 2065. — Auction managed and conducted by Pifer’s Auction and Realty, Moorhead, Minn. Phone: 877-700-4099.

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