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Blacksand - we have about 50 soil types or more in Iowa.  I seldom looked at land that needed a center pivot unless it had a high water table, like Louisiana, Mississippi, or Arkansas.  No one really wants to own desert and make it bloom by relying on an underground water source on the high plains.  It is much better farming in an area that has normal rainfall most years.  


I checked out an 800 acre wheat farm in Wyoming last week, it gets between 10-15 inches of rain a year.  The owner said, that last year was not representative of what the farm normally yields because of the drouth, it yielded less than 15 bu., normal yields were around 30 bu. of wheat per acre he said.  Well . . . at $500 an acre it may look cheap but it could be the most expensive farm anyone ever purchased. I am not sure anyone other than a hunter would make an offer on it.   There is alot of risk once you get out past the 100th meridian, where "next year country" really begins.  just sayin . . . 


If you have ever prospected for farms to buy, in ANY state, the first thing one does is to stop by the FSA office in the County where you are looking for land and pick up their Soil Conservation Soils Book for that county.


 It  provides the number of acres of each type of soil by soil classification in that county and it provides a listing of all the soils, and provides estimated yields, for various crops grown there, it also provides the limiting factors for each soil type, and it provides a break down of what soils are classified class 1, class 2, and class 3.  


I have soil books in my library, for Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Minnesota South Dakota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas where I have looked at farms over my lifetime.  Many times you do not even have to physically view the farm, if you have those maps, because it is the soil type that makes a farm and that is what your are buying, not buildings and improvements. Most center pivots do not go with the farm when you buy it.  Soooooo I have to support RSW on this issue.


If you live in a crop growing region, you have a soil book which sets out CSR's. You can even go online now and obtain soil maps and information from USDA.  Adios Amigo.   John



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