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Vetal Irrigated Organic Farm

$5,342,646 Tuthill, SD 1,238± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The Vetal Organic Farm is a 1,238± acre highly productive irrigated farm situated in south central South Dakota. The farm can be purchased as one unit or in two separate tracts. The Pivot Tract contains 960± acres, with six contiguous center pivots irrigating 766± acres. The Lacreek Tract, which borders Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, consist of 278± acres, that has excellent irrigation development potential along with great hunting. The farm has no water pumping restrictions and high producing wells. A home is offered separately, which also would make a hunting lodge, in the nearby village of Vetal. This is an exceptional opportunity to expand or get into organic farming, investors take note!

Just the Facts

  • Location: 19 miles east of Martin, SD on highway 18, then 5 miles south on county road
  • Acreage: 1,238± acres deeded
  • Pivot Tract:  960± acres, with 766± irrigated, 146± dryland
  • Lacreek Tract:  278± acres
           Improvements:
  • Six 8 tower T&L pivots
  • Six irrigation wells
  • 50,000bu grain storage
  • 1,512 square foot shop
  • Electric submersible wells
  • Pipeline with several tanks
  • Cedar tree shelterbelts
 
  • Operation: Certified organic farm mostly irrigated
  • Traditional crops are soybeans and corn
  • Land: Very level Irrigated farm with potential for additional irrigated acres
  • Recreational: Excellent big game and bird hunting, located adjacent to Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
  • Summary: Outstanding organic farm with excellent income for investors

General Description

The Vetal Irrigated Organic Farm is located in the farming/ranching community of Bennett County, South Dakota. The farm is situated in the very northern extent of the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides clean and abundant water for the six irrigated pivots. Currently, the farm is certified organic and traditional crops have been corn, wheat, soybeans, and edible beans. The organic market has been the one bright spot in the struggling farm economy. It takes three years of no chemical inputs to become eligible for certified organic, which makes the process rather difficult. Irrigated grazing could be utilized on the pivots. The setup of all six pivots being contiguous would enable cross-fencing for a rotational grazing system, which could also benefit from being certified organic. Another option is certified organic alfalfa production and sale.

The Vetal Irrigated Organic Farm is located in the farming/ranching community of Bennett County, South Dakota. The farm is situated in the very northern extent of the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides clean and abundant water for the six irrigated pivots. Currently, the farm is certified organic and traditional crops have been corn, wheat, soybeans, and edible beans. The organic market has been the one bright spot in the struggling farm economy. It takes three years of no chemical inputs to become eligible for certified organic, which makes the process rather difficult. Irrigated grazing could be utilized on the pivots. The setup of all six pivots being contiguous would enable cross-fencing for a rotational grazing system, which could also benefit from being certified organic. Another option is certified organic alfalfa production and sale.

The 278± Lacreek Tract is currently dryland cropping land. The adjoining LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge does not allow hunting, along with the Lake Creek running just north of the property, makes the bird and deer hunting superb on this tract. With the abundant ground water supply and excellent soils, this has excellent irrigation development potential also. 

Broker's Comments

The Vetal Irrigated Organic Farm in south central South Dakota is an opportunity to acquire an excellent income producing property that is already certified organic. Organic farming has been the stable of the farming community as of late with great prices. The 2019 crop will be planted soon and has a very good contract for delivery that can be transferred to the new owner. The sellers are willing to negotiate closing and crop possession. It is an opportunity to acquire a property that has a certified organic crop planted, waiting for you to harvest. The soils are very friendly for farming, along with good groundwater supply and no pumping restrictions and pivots are set up for remote cell phone monitoring. This is an excellent property to get started with organic farming or an investment quality property. The Lacreek Tract has an excellent investment opportunity as well, with the irrigation well permits waiting for development along with its top-notch hunting. You can purchase one tract or both with immediate possession. 

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Location

The 960± acre Pivot Tract is located 19 miles east of Martin, South Dakota on highway 18 and then 5 miles south on county road. The farm is situated just south of the meandering Little White River, where there are many cultural and outdoor opportunities, along with a small-town community atmosphere.

The 278± Lacreek Tract is located 12 miles east of Martin, South Dakota on highway 18 and 5 miles south on county road, just past the community of Tuthill. The Lacreek Tract is adjacent to the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge. Both tracts have very good access via county roads and state highways.

Climate

The average precipitation for the area is 18-22 inches per year, with the majority of it in the growing season. The warmest monthly average temperature is in July at 88 degrees, and coldest is December with an average high of 35 degrees.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Pivot Tract:                                      960± Deeded Acres
Irrigated acres:                                766± Acres
Dryland farm ground:                    146± Acres
Headquarters and shelterbelts:       47± Acres

Lacreek Tract:                           278.28± Deeded Acres
Dryland farm ground:                       253± Acres
Marsh and grassland:                        21± Acres
Tree shelterbelt:                                  4± Acres
Irrigated Pivot potential:                  227± Acres

Cropland Acres: PLC Yields       
Wheat:                       105.8
Corn:                          537.4
Soybeans:                  106.6 
Total Base Acres:       749.8
 

Deeded Acres: 1,238±
Total Acres: 1,238±

Improvements

Improvements on the 960± acre Pivot Tract include: 
  • Six 8 tower T&L pivots
  • Six irrigation wells, all electric
  • 50,000+bu grain storage
  • 1,512 square foot shop
  • Electric submersible well
  • Pipeline with several tire tanks
  • Cedar tree shelterbelts

Improvements on the 278± acre Lacreek Tract include:     
  • Two underground goose blinds
  • Electric submersible well
  • Tree wildlife shelterbelt

Both tracts have exterior boundary wire fence.

Water Resources

The 960± acre Pivot Tract has one submersible domestic well and six high capacity irrigation wells delivering from 700-1000 gallons per minute. Each pivot has its own well. The high capacity wells are all about 200 to 240 feet deep and the static water level ranges from 35-55 feet. The ground water is very clean and non-corrosive. The submersible well has a pipeline supplying water to numerous tire tanks for livestock. The water system in place is top notch and ready to go.

*See full brochure for pivot well and water chart. 

The 278± acre Lacreek Tract has one submersible livestock well. There has been test wells drilled for high capacity irrigation wells and permits applied for them that will be transferred to the new owner. The test wells showed adequate water for irrigation. All water rights will be transferred to new owner.

Mineral Rights

All seller owned mineral rights will be transferred to new owner.

Taxes

Annual taxes are approximately $7,862.00 divided as follows: 
  • Pivot Tract:        960± Acre        $5,733.00
  • Lacreek Tract:   278± Acre         $2,129.00

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Wildlife Resources

The farm has exceptional deer hunting on both tracts. The pivot tract lies just south of the Little White River, along with the cedar tree shelterbelt and crops, provide excellent habitat for whitetail and mule deer. Both tracts offer upland bird and waterfowl hunting as well. The Lacreek Tract is an exceptional waterfowl hunting location due to adjoining the LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl use the waters of the refuge and fly to the fields on the property for feeding. The Lacreek Tract has a couple goose blinds and could handle several more. The marsh could also be developed into a small pond as well. On the west side of the tract is a tree grove that provides habitat for big game. There have been some very big deer taken on this property due to the fact that the refuge is off limits to hunting. 

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Terms

The following purchase options are available.  Please contact Broker for further details. 
  • Option 1: Pivot Tract             960± Acres         Price: $4,800,000
  • Option 2: Lacreek Tract        278± Acres         Price:     $542,646