For two generations, the Klocke family farmed near Viola, in Audubon County, in the southwest corner of Iowa. Lawrence Klocke, the second generation to farm the land, died in February. His heirs chose to sell two tracts of land at auction September 22.
It was a good day for a sale.
Tract 1, 77 acres north of Viola Center, is a rolling patch featuring mostly Exira silty clay loam soils with a Corn Suitability Rating II of 78.6, well above the county average of 67.1. It sold for $962,500 ($12,500 per acre).