Here is information that enters into Clay Mitchell’s calculations on how restoring accumulated topsoil boosts land value:

Current Iowa land values:

  • Low grade: $3271/acre
  • Medium grade: $6,721
  • High grade: $9,346

 

  • Cost per acre: $810
  • Yield increase per acre: 110 bu.
  • Land value increase per acre: $6,000
  • One acre-inch=134 cu. Yards
  • Typical cost/cu. Yard=$2 translates to $270/acre-inch
  • Total round trips with scraper: 1,480 trips
  • Total hours operating scraper: 216 hours
  • Estimated weight of soil moved: 19,800 tons
  • Total area of reclaimed cultivated land: 0.6 acres
  • Total area of landscape restoration: 17.8 acres
  • Total volume of soil moved: 14,720 cubic yards