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Cattle ranch in western South Dakota and tiled crop land on the Minnesota border show the scope of fall land auctions.

November 15, 2017

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LAND SALES: Steffes Real Estate advertises a land auction.

A cattle ranch in western South Dakota and tiled cropland on the Minnesota-South Dakota border are two sales from fall auctions that stand out.

Outstanding cattle ranch
A 1,573-acre ranch near Philip, S.D., sold for $1,350 at auction in early October. “An outstanding cattle ranch,” the sale bill said. “A great fit for many cattle operations. Great winter protection.” The ranch’s features included cropland; lots of wildlife habitat; grass meadows with productivity ratings in 80s that could be farmed; grasslands with western, green needle and other prairie grasses; a “huge” barn; well-made corrals; thousands of trees; scenic draws and coulees along Bad River and Medicine Creek; and a 4,000-square foot home (great family home or roomy hunting lodge) built in 1932 and remodeled in 1995, according to the sale bill. — Piroutek Auction, Milesville, S.D., Phone: 605-544-3316.

80 acres brings $3,800/a in Brookings County, S.D.
An 80-acre unimproved farm close to Elkton in Brookings County, S.D., sold for $3,800 per acre in an auction Sept. 22. About half of the land was tillable and the rest was in hayland, pasture and trees. The land had a 67.3 Surety AgriData productivity index. — Auction managed and Conducted by Burlage Peterson Realty, Brookings, S.D. Phone 605-692-7102.

Nelson County, N.D., farms sells for $2,600/a
Two farms in Nelson County, N.D., were sold at auction in September.

Approximately 280 acres of “good cropland with great soil productivity indexes” near Petersburg sold in two tracts for $1,825 and $2,600 per acre. About 240 acres near McVille sold for $1,800 per acre. Nearly all of it had been farmed at one time. This year, there were 153 acres of cropland. A nine-acre abandoned farmstead was located in the middle of the property. “There is potential for good waterfowl hunting in the northerwest corn of the property,” according to the sale bill. — Auction managed and conducted by Pifer’s Auction and Realty, Moorhead, Minn. Phone: 877-700-4099.

Tiled land on S.D.-Minn. border brings $7,425 per acre
Approximately 193 acres in Moody County, S.D., and Pipestone County, Minn., sold for $7,425 per acre at an auction in September. It was high quality cropland that had been tiled. The land in South Dakota had an overall .875 county assessor soil rating and a 82.7 Surity AgriData productivity rating. The tract in Minnesota included about 30 acres of pasture and grassed waterways. — Auction managed and conducted by Sutton Auctioneer and Land Broker, Sioux Falls, S.D. Phone: 605-336-6315.

Investment grade recreational property sells for $2,610 per acre
Approximately 240-acres in a hilly, wooded area in northeast South Dakota sold for $2,610 per acre at auction in September. Of the 240 acre, 192 acres was being farmed. The rest of the Robert County, S.D., land was in grassed waterways, mature trees and a large pond. Waterfowl, upland game birds and whitetail deer were known frequent this land. — Auction conducted and managed by United Country/Advantage Land Co., Brookings, S.D. Phone: 605-692-2525.

Rolling cropland near Iowa border
Two tracts of land the rolling hills east of Alcester, S.D. and close to the Iowa border sold for $7,600 and $6,000 per acre in an auction in September. The land was in a corn/soybean rotation and is available to the new owner for the 2018 crop year. — Auction managed and conducted by Westra Aitkens Auctions, Beresford, S.D. Phone: 605-310-6941.

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