Special to the Leader & Times
Peoples Company, a leading provider of land brokerage, management, investment and appraisal services in 25 states is proud to partner with the Lund Company/Cushman Wakefield and announce the auction of the Hatcher Farms, a coveted collection of 41 land tracts, which collectively total nearly 11,000 acres m/l in Seward and Stevens counties near Liberal.
The property has exceptional water rights, a state-of-the-art grain storage facility, a farm headquarters, a 4,999-head feedlot and multiple utility buildings.
The auction will occur on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Conference Center at 503 Hotel Drive in Liberal. The nearly 11,000-acre m/l farm will be offered in 41 tracts ranging from 6.91 acres m/l to 1,085.87 acres m/l via the multi-parcel auction format where tracts can be purchased individually or in any combination. The tracts will sell “absolute” to the highest bidder.
“With extensive water rights, productive soils, well-maintained pivots, exceptional conservation practices, above average yields and quality grain storage, farm headquarters and utility buildings, Hatcher Farms offers an excellent investment opportunity,” Peoples Company President Steve Bruere said. “A buyer would be hard-pressed to find an offering like Hatcher Farms.”
Over the years, the Hatcher family have developed extensive water rights which authorize approximately 7,900 acres m/l to be irrigated through 54 well-maintained pivots, making Hatcher Farms the seventh largest irrigation groundwater consumer in Southwest Kansas. With some of the best water in Kansas, these deep-water wells consistently produce between 625 and 1,950 GPM.
With great water access and productive soils, this farming operation has regularly produced crop yields well above the county averages, including consistent production of 200-plus bushel corn. Conservation practices have been actively applied to the farm, including the use of cover crops to increase soil tilth and reduce erosion.
Configuration and individual tract details are available online at www.HatcherFarmsAuction .com. The details include all 41 tracts’ water rights, crop history and yields, placement of wells, farm program information, and tillable soils maps. In addition, potential buyers and interested parties will find information on structures located on the property, including the farm headquarters, grain bins and building sites.
Buyers may bid on any tract or combination of tracts. All bidders must register with Peoples Company and receive a bidder number prior to bidding at the auction. A 10 percent earnest money payment will be required on the day of the auction for each tract’s winning bid. Closing is estimated to occur on or about March 24.