Brown Co, SD Cropland and Prairie Potholes - 158 Acres


158 Acres / Brown County, SD

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Auction Date: 12/01/22 Auction Time: 10 A.M

Auction Location: Groton Community Center, East Room, 109 N 3rd St, Groton, SD 57445

The property is managed as a mix of tillable, hayland, prairie potholes, and ancient Cottonwood trees. The Sellers enrolled the property in conservation easements with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve the property’s waterfowl habitat for generations to come. Approximately half of the property is enrolled in a grassland easement that can be grazed year-round or hayed each year after July 15th. The other half of the property is farmed for row crops, primarily in a corn and soybean rotation. The entire property is enrolled in a wetlands easement that prevents the alteration of wetlands on the property. Several recently excavated “ditch plugs” will increase water permanence and waterfowl hunting opportunities on the property. Ditch plugs are small, low head dams that slow water surface runoff and keep more water in wetlands. This property offers passive income from tillable rent, additional agricultural acres for producers, and hunting opportunities upland, waterfowl, and whitetail.

The majority of the soils are Class II (84%), and the top 3 soil types are Barnes-Svea-Tonka Complex with 0-6% slopes (57%), Barnes-Svea-Tonka Complex with 0-3% slopes (27%), and Tonka-Rimlap Silt Loams with 0-1% slopes (8%). The Crop Productivity Index (CPI) averages 73.31, and the National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI) averages 52.2. Approximately 75ac can be farmed, and approximately 81ac are in grass. Tenancy is open in 2023.

Deeded acres: 158 deeded acres

FSA Farmland Acres: 156.11 DCP acres

DCP Cropland Acres: 156.11 DCP acres

Soil Types: Barnes-Svea-Tonka Complex, Tonka-Rimlap Silt Loams, Tonka-Rimlap silt loams

Soil PI/NCCPI/CSR2: Avg NCCPI 52.2

Base acres and Yield: 25.07 Corn Base Acres/PLC yield 135, 24.99 Soybean base acres/PLC yield 40

CRP Acres/payment: None

Taxes: $2709.16

Lease Status: Open Tenancy for 2023 crop year

Possession: Immediate possession subject to current tenants rights for 2022

Survey needed: No survey needed

Brief Legal: SE ¼ S5 T128N R63W Brown CO, SD

PIDs: 8312

Lat/Lon: 45.92583, -98.44038

Zip Code: 57441

  • Bidders may participate in the auction on-site or online at

  • Onsite bidders should bring a government-issued ID

  • 10% down payment immediately after auction - cash, personal, or business checks accepted

  • If the winning bid is online, you will be immediately contacted to make arrangements for the 10% down payment and a purchase contract will be sent via DocuSign

  • High bidder has 30 days to close unless otherwise noted

  • Announcements on auction day will take precedence over any prior announcements

  • This is a no contingency sale and is not subject to financing or additional inspections

  • Possession at closing, subject to tenant’s rights, if any

  • If a survey is needed it will be done following the auction and the total purchase price will be adjusted to the surveyed acres

  • All information provided is derived from sources believed correct but is not guaranteed or warranted - Bidders shall rely entirely on their own information and judgments

  • Building eligibility

  • Passive income from tillable and hay leases

  • More than 2 dozen prairie potholes on the property

  • Only ½ mile south of North Dakota border

  • Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge is just 8 miles east and 9 miles south

  • Good access from US Route 281

  • Ellendale, North Dakota is 4 miles west and 5 miles north

  • Frederick, South Dakota is 4 miles west and 7 miles south

  • Aberdeen, South Dakota is 34 miles south

  • Sellers mineral rights convey

158 Acres / Brown County, SD


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Ranch & Farm Auctions, LLC 15136

Broker Jason R Schendt SD LIC #16828

Cody Lowderman Auc Lic RE17833

Katie Graeb, Whitetail Properties Agent/Land Specialist, 605.690.8582

Auction Type

Selling Subject to Seller Confirmation by the acre

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