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Wheat Films, FFA and Record Land Prices

You’re going to be hearing a bit about wheat harvest-related movies in the next few weeks. That’s because next week, InSpirit Creative premieres the movie, “Harvesting the High Plains” in Colby and Wichita; meanwhile, a separate project called “The Great American Wheat Harvest” has just inked Deere and Company as its legacy sponsor

  • We’ve visited with the producers of both projects and are impressed by their passion for agriculture. The films are very different in content, but similar in that they each celebrate the fortitude of those involved in the production, harvest and management of wheat…
  • Conjo Studios, the Maryland firm owned by Conrad Weaver, will premier the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary next year…
  • You can see trailers for each project by clicking the links below. (Incidentally, the trailer for the Great American Wheat Harvest won a 2012 Silver Telly award for best movie trailer.)

Harvesting the High Plains
Great American Wheat Harvest

  • The National FFA Convention wrapped up last week, and we are happy to share the accomplishments of Kansas’ youth at the annual meeting, held in Indianapolis. Jacie Butler, from Southwestern Heights, won the Social Systems Divisiion of the Agriscience Fair; Washington County FFA won the Floriculture CDE competition and Louisburg FFA won the Milk Quality CDE competition…
  • National FFA Proficiency Award winners included: Megan Lofton, Southeast of Saline, agricultural sales placement; Emily Harris, Abilene, grain production – entrepreneurship and Lindsey Pease, Chetopa, goat production…
  • You can read more about these folks/chapters and the rest of the Kansas participants who received national recognition here
  • One would think that with a drought going on, land prices would be easing up. But that isn’t the case in Iowa, where a record price of $21,900 per acre was successful in buying an 80 acre tract a few weeks ago…
  • In his Ag Web blog, Mike Walsten says three farmers in Sioux County bid more than $20,000 for the tract, which featured 79.5 acres of flat, tillable land and has well above average crop soils ratings using the State of Iowa’s new soils rating system…
  • If you’ve seen a surprisingly high number of land auction salebills in your area, it’s not your imagination. We expect more land sales by the end of the year, only because of the scheduled increase in capital gains taxes beginning January 1. That, combined with very good selling prices, has prompted many landowners to sell their properties. A loyal Buzz reader tells us that a new trend in western Kansas is ‘sealed bid’ land auctions…
  • The same reader suggests that those looking for great deals at public land auctions are bound to be disappointed, as land is crazy high right now…
  • In this week’s Land Sale, we focus on four tracts near Randall in Jewell County, which incidentally are of personal interest to me: when I was a college student, I worked for the guy who farmed these fields. I can attest they were well taken care of by the tenant, who is an excellent farmer…
  • Tract 1, 80 acres about four miles southwest of Randall, featured good upland soil, with a bit of roll. It brought $260,000 ($3,250 per acre). Tract 2, one mile west of Randall, had about 70 acres of good upland soil, about 5 acres of farmstead with some usable pens and outbuildings, and the balance in pasture with good fences and a pond. It brought $360,000 ($2,250 per acre). Tract 3 featured 160 acres with about 110 acres of very good creek bottom cropland just west of Randall, with the balance in pasture with good fences. It brought $650,000 ($4,062.50 per acre). Tract 4 featured 160 acres, including about 90 acres of pasture with pond and good fences, and the balance in rolling upland crop ground. It brought $380,000 ($2,420 per acre)…
  • There was a big crowd on hand for the sale, but only a handful of active bidders, according to Bob Thummel, owner of Thummel Auction and Real Estate, Beloit, which handled the sale.
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