April 19, 2017
Good land brings good money, and a Feb. 18 auction in Washington County proved no exception to that rule when 645 acres of good-quality cropland and grassland pasture were sold in three tracts.
Tract 1, about 159 acres with about 146 of it in dryland cropland featuring predominately Crete silty loam soil, considered prime farmland, sold for $4,025 per acre.
Tract 2, about 269 acres of dry cropland featuring predominantly Muir silt loam, Langford silt loam with a 3- to 7-degree slope and Crete silty clay loam with a 1- to 3-degree slope was bid in at $3,940 per acre.
The final tract, about 216 acres of exceptionally clean native grass pasture with good water and good fences brought $2,315 per acre.
The seller retained 49% of mineral rights with 51% going to the buyer. The sellers were the heirs of William L. Wurtz Trust.
In a separate Washington County sale on April 18, about 160 acres of cropland, predominately Crete silty clay loam soil considered prime farmland, was sold at auction. The property brought $3,312.50 per acre. The seller was Patricia Wise and the late Jim Wiese.
Mark Uhlik and Jeff Dankenbring with Midwest Land and Home of Washington handled both of those sales.
About 270 acres of Marshall County pastureland was sold at auction on March 4.
The pasture lies in the north end of the Flint Hills just 3 miles south of Kansas Highway 9 in southern Marshall County.
The lean pasture with native grasses, ample water and excellent five-wire fencing brought $2,667 per acre.
The sellers were Keith and Patty Holle. Mark Uhlik and Jeff Dankenbring with Midwest Land and Home handled the sale.
About 280 acres of Pawnee County cropland was sold in two tracts at public auction on March 28.
Tract 1, about 80 acres of dry cropland in wheat and milo stubble, was sold for $1,400 per acre.
Tract 2, about 200 acres with 110 in dry cropland planted to wheat and the balance in native pasture with electric fence, brought $1,030 per acre. The pasture also has a windmill. The seller was the Harold A. Meckfessel Trust. Carr Auction and Real Estate of Larned handled the sale.
About 480 acres of Stevens County irrigated cropland was sold in two tracts at public auction on March 28.
Tract 1, about 160 acres, has about 120 acres under irrigation and the balance in dryland. A 1995 Zimmatic sprinkler sold with the tract. That tract brought $2,050 per acre.
Tract 2, about 320 acres with 240 under irrigation, was sold with two 2012 Zimmatic sprinklers. The tract was bid in at $1,875 per acre. The seller was Heger Land Inc. Farm and Ranch Realty handled the sale.
About 157.5 acres of Ottawa County land was sold by private treaty in a sale that closed April 3. The land offered about 55 acres of gently sloping farm ground and 103 acres of native grass pasture with good water and average fences. The land brought $406,000, or about $2,569 per acre. Matt Dowell with Farmers National Co. was the agent.
About 160 acres of Gray County land was sold in a private auction that closed on Feb. 17.
The property featured high-quality dryland soils, new metal machinery sheds, facilities for handling livestock and a pond area. It brought $1,666.25 per acre. The sellers were Eugene and Linda Fry. Mark Callender with Farmers National Co. handled the sale.
About 314 acres of land in Finney County was sold by private treaty in a deal that closed Jan. 10. The prime county farmland has a good production history and county road access. It is located only 9 miles from a local elevator. About 260 acres of the farm is under irrigation. The corners of the pivots are enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. There is one irrigation well and excellent Richfield and Ulysses soils. The land brought $1,600 per acre. Mark Callender with Farmers National Co. was the agent.
Washington County, Colo.
Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby completed a large private treaty sale in Washington County, Colo., that closed in early April.
The 13,100-acre property brought a total of $14,864,000. It included 9,175 acres of cropland that brought $1,200 per acre and 3,925 acres of grass that brought $700 an acre. Also included in the sale were 250 cows, eight bulls and a complete line of farm machinery. The farm headquarters included a 70-by-100-foot shop building and 330,000 bushels of grain storage. The seller was not disclosed. Travis Weaver and Dennis Weaver of Farm and Ranch were the agents.
Kit Carson County, Colo.
About 648 acres of cropland in Kit Carson County, Colo., was sold at public auction on March 16. The auctioneer said the land was sold with mineral rights intact and immediate possession. The cropland brought $900 per acre. The seller was C.J. Dvorak Co. and H.G. Dvorak Co. Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale.
In another Kit Carson County sale, about 320 acres were sold at auction on March 31. The land included a good windmill and an opportunity for cornstalk grazing. The property brought $975 per acre. The seller was Scott E. Smelker. Farm and Ranch Realty of Colby handled the sale.
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