Property Type: Irrigated Farmland
Acres: 1,715 acres more or less
Price: $3,400.00 per acre
Taxes: Approximately $8,355.00
This farm was recently converted from sprinkler irrigation to irrigation utilizing buried drip lines. This change was made in order to more efficiently utilize water and to reduce labor requirements. Drip irrigation is reportedly 25 to 40% more efficient than sprinkler irrigation but is costly to install with typical costs being $1,400 to $2,000 per acre. The drip system was installed with wireless controls and all wells are electric which resulted in less labor required for irrigation. In addition, all fertilization and micro nutrients are distributed thru the drip lines. This farm lays perfectly for drip installation which operates best with some slope. This 1400 acre drip installation is thought to be the largest contiguous installation in the U.S.
There are 20 irrigation wells with either submersible electric motors and pumps or turbine pumps with vertical hollow-shaft electric motors that produce a total of approximately 4400 gpm. Recently installed high-pressure (50#) plastic, under-ground lines connect all wells and sprinklers and are shown on attached maps. There is one booster pump with 50hp electric motor to assist with moving water from this farm to an adjoining farm that is also for sale by the same owner. The only non-irrigation improvement is a 60X120 Star-built metal frame barn.
Wells range in depth from 390 to 470 with steel casing and pumps set near the bottom of the hole. Water district maps show a 2012 estimate of the saturated thickness of the water-bearing formation to be 80 to 160 with the greater depth found on the north side of the property. The owner states that current water depths range from 80 to 120. Three nearby water-district observation wells had 1.52, 10.06 and 10.25 declines from 2005 to 2015. The water-bearing formation in this area does not release water as fast as some areas with higher producing wells but appears to have experienced less decline in water depth than the higher producing areas.
This is an excellent farm with a well-designed, high-quality irrigation infrastructure and is located in close proximity to several dairies and feedyards. The owner would be willing to lease and continue to operate this farm.
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