$20,000 an Acre!!!! Yep, Northwest Iowa Again

Published on: 15:14PM Dec 07, 2011

Mike Walsten

A record $20,000 an acre was paid today for northwest Iowa farmland breaking the previous record of $16,750 an acre posted October 4. The farm involved featured 74 total acres (6 acres were pulled out of the 80-acre farm for a ditch and easement held by a neighboring farmer). There were 71 tillable acres. The soils pulled a Corn Suitability Rating of 70 compared to the county average CSR of 64.8.

The farm is located two miles north and one east of Hull, not far from the 120 acres just a mile northwest of Hull which pulled the eye-blinking $16,750 an acre back on October. 4. Now that's old news -- by $3,250!

Pete Pollema of Pollema Auction & Real Estate, Hull, handled the auction. Both the buyer and the prime contending bidder are area farmers. Bidding started at $15,500 an acre and took an hour, Pollema says.

And before you ask the question... No, it doesn't cash flow. That's not the point in that area.

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