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Located in north-central Kansas, near the geographic center of the lower 48 states, lies the 2,097± acre Red Sky Ranch. The ranch is comprised of high quality, very diverse rolling hills with 901± acres of tilled land, over 30± acres of lakes, nearly 5 miles of creeks and streams, and hundreds of acres of deep riparian area covered in hardwood and cottonwood. Red Sky Ranch is a well-balanced ranch and farm that possesses a multi-faceted dryland farm and cattle operation coupled with excellent recreational qualities throughout. This ranch produces trophy whitetail, huge numbers of turkeys, and upland game.
Red Sky Ranch offers nearly 45% tillable ground with the remainder including strong grazing ground, junipers stands, and nearly 5 miles of creek bottoms that are lush with hardwoods. The countryside is hilly and dissected with deep creek bottoms with elevations ranging from 2,500 to 3,700 feet. This property is appealing and balanced, not only for recreational opportunities, but for a very diverse agricultural operation as well.
• Red Sky Farm & Ranch has the ability to consistently produce trophy whitetail in excess of 180 inches
• Quail and turkey hunting are second to none on the property
• Numerous reliable water resources, many of which are trophy warm water fisheries
• Viable farm operation and year-round cattle operation that is self-sufficient and capable of a consistent positive cash flow
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Auction Date and Location:
Wednesday, October 17th @ 10:00 am
Held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds
Ag Building, Franklin, Nebraska
Inspection Dates and Location:
Meet a Hall and Hall Auction representative
Wednesday, September 19th from 1 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 3rd from 1 - 3:00 pm
Held at the Lodge on Tract 4
Offered in cooperation with MIRR Ranch Group
Red Sky is located just a few miles south of the Republican River and just south of the Nebraska state line. The area is agriculturally rich with the countryside dotted with large expanses of farm fields and thick timber bottoms. Some of the nearby small towns include Red Cloud and Franklin, Nebraska, and Lebanon and Smith Center, Kansas.
The Smith Center and Lebanon areas benefit each year from approximately 26 inches of rain with the average high temperature being 66.7 degrees and average low being 40.2 degrees.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Tract 1: 160+/- acres of grass
Tract 2: 943+/- acres of grass and dryland
Tract 3: 310+/- acres of grass, dryland and HQ
Tract 4: 358+/- acres of grass, dryland and Lodge
Tract 5: 355+/- acres of grass and dryland
Red Sky includes a nice, yet modest, set of improvements. The lodge on Tract 4 is a 42' x 60' Morton building built slab on grade with a large covered front porch. Interior improvements include a large great room with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace and nice kitchen. There are 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, laundry and storage areas. The interior is nicely finished and feels very comfortable.
The ranch headquarters on Tract 3 include a fairly new machine shed, barn, livestock facilities, storage sheds and grain bins. A 60' x 128' Morton building was recently erected with a sliding door on the east and an overhead door on the south. Other outbuildings consist mostly of livestock facilities and sheds. The property also has a tin covered loft barn, an open front pole building for calving and livestock protection, a utility building with new metal siding, feed pens and a new set of working corrals for shipping. The headquarters site is located in the valley and protected from winter winds by the wooded timber along the creek.
Red Sky benefits immensely from its thick riparian areas and abundance of feed from all the surrounding crops on and off the ranch, creating an area thriving with big game, turkeys, and upland birds. The area is well known for its whitetails, but many do not know about the excellent upland hunting the area has to offer, especially what exists on Red Sky.
Red Sky is dotted with over 30± acres of lakes and ponds spread throughout the ranch, providing valuable water for livestock, wild game and its trophy, warm water fisheries.
The current owner has operated the ranch under a crop rotation planting corn, beans, sorghum and follow-up crops like milo. Red Sky is a productive dryland farm with a conservative yield between 110-120 bushel corn, 40-45 bushel beans and 75-90 bushel sorghum. The owner states that they easily meet these goals every year when they have good moisture. With average rainfall above 25", this is premier dryland farm country!
Traditionally the ranch has carried 120 pair year-round with full crop production. The owner has been transitioning this program to a more intensive grazing model with 185 cow/calf pairs, 270 bred heifers and 18 bulls. The ranch is well watered and includes a good set of working facilities, as well as pasture alleys to make rotational grazing efficient.
Summary of Terms:
- A 4% buyer's premium will be added to the final bid price(s) to determine the total contract price(s).
- A 10% earnest money deposit of the total contract price will be due immediately from all successful bidders.
- The property is being sold "AS IS, WHERE IS" and without any contingencies including financing.
- Closing will be set 45 days from the auction date or as soon thereafter as closing documents are available
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