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Parcels of Steckline Ponderosa sell for $4 million

Land Sales: Steckline sells portion of the Ponderosa near growing Wichita, Kan., suburbs.

Jennifer M. Latzke, Editor

May 12, 2021

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890 acres of Larry Steckline's  “Ponderosa” the cattle ranch he started in 1974
PONDEROSA: Kansas radio personality Larry Steckline sold 890 acres of his Ponderosa cattle ranch. He started the ranch in 1974 and made it famous over his radio farm updates. The parcels are close to the growing suburbs of Goddard and Garden Plain, Kan., and sold for $4,048,455. Hayden Outdoors Real Estate handled the sale. Courtesy of Hayden Outdoors

A once-in-a-generation opportunity came up for sale recently in Sedgwick County. Larry Steckline, the Kansas radio personality, offered up 14 parcels of his Ponderosa 1,500-acre cattle ranch. He started Ponderosa in 1974 west of Wichita, Kan., and made it famous through his radio show.

These 890 acres have been productive farmland with an impressive yield history and livestock grazing. They include terraces, running creeks, and blacktop access. With its proximity to the growing Wichita suburbs of Goddard and Garden Plain, it is expected that the land has greater value for rural home development opportunities, hunting ground or recreation income. The tracts sold for a total of $4,048,455. Hayden Outdoors Real Estate handled the sale.

Ness County

About 474 acres of Ness County land was sold at auction in a deal that closed April 20. The three tracts offered near Bazine included 218 acres of dryland cropland with a long-term history of no-till wheat, sorghum and corn production; and about 114 acres of pasture. The property sold for $451,230. The sellers were the Freda Wilhelm Charitable Trust and the Commerce Trust Co. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Saline County

About 102 acres of Saline County land was sold at auction Feb. 9. Located 2 miles east of Kipp, the well-maintained upland farm included good-quality soils and terraces in good condition. It sold for $2,900 per acre. The seller was K-4 Farms LLC. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Barton County

About 251 acres of Barton County land was sold in a deal that closed March 5. The nonirrigated cropland included storage buildings and lies just north of Hoisington. The property sold for $1,635 per acre. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Linn County

About 80 acres of Linn County land was sold by private treaty in a deal that closed Dec. 7. The property was good, productive land located on a blacktop road about 2 miles south of Prescott. The property brought $3,325 per acre. The seller was not disclosed. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Pratt County

About 574 acres of irrigated and nonirrigated cropland in Pratt County was sold at auction in a deal that closed Feb. 18. The land was sold in two tracts, and irrigation systems were included. Both tracts sold for $3,213 per acre. The seller was Roberts Family Farmland-Kansas LLC. Farmers National Co. handled the sale.

Stafford County

About 298 acres of irrigated Stafford County land with a farmstead was sold at auction in a deal that closed April. 1. About 240 acres of farmland was under center-pivot irrigation, and water rights were included, with the balance of acres in tillable dryland and the farmstead homesite. The entire tract, with the exception of the farmstead, was surrounded by 5-wire fence ideal for livestock grazing. The property, near St. John, sold for $6,125 per acre. The seller was the Robert (Bob) E. Standish Trust. Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned handled the sale.

Rawlins County

About 1,600 acres of Rawlins County grassland, cropland and a farmstead sold at auction March 16. The property, near Atwood, was offered in six tracts, and each sold individually. The land brought an average of $1,305 per acre. The seller was the Marvin F. Holle Living Trust—Chuck Holste, trustee. Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale.

Pawnee County

About 80 acres of dryland located in Pawnee County was sold at auction April 27. The fairly level tract with a productive crop history is near Rozel and sold for $1,230 per acre. The sellers were Stanley, Steven and Stuart Blattner. Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned handled the sale.

Wichita County

About 1,385 acres of cropland, Conservation Reserve Program land and grassland sold recently for $2.6 million near Leoti. The property included 1,113 acres of crop land, 82 acres of CRP, 175 acres of grassland, two houses, grain storage and other building improvements. It also included a grass runway and small hangar for an airplane. The sellers were the Ayers-Hobson Farms. Hayden Outdoors Real Estate handled the sale.


About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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