This farm has approximately 1400 acres irrigated with buried drip lines which are a very efficient way to utilize water and to also 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 has wireless controls and all wells are electric which results in less labor required for irrigation. In addition, all fertilizer 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.
Drip irrigation will be installed on approximately 240 additional acres within the next few months and is included in the price of the farm.
There are 20 irrigation wells equipped with either submersible electric motors and pumps or turbine pumps with vertical hollow-shaft electric motors that produce a total of approximately 4500 gpm. High-pressure (50#) plastic, under-ground lines connect all wells. There is one booster pump with a 50hp electric motor used to move water from this farm to an adjoining farm that is also operated by the owner of this farm. 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. The owner states that current water depths range from 80 to 120. Four nearby water-district observation wells (numbers 6976, 5117, 6418 & 5875) showed 2018 saturated thicknesses of 158.55, 143.45, 96.48 and 83.15 with declines in saturated thicknesses from 2008 to 2018 of 1.51, 5.41, 9.25 and 12.92. 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 lesser decline in water depth than the higher producing areas.
This is a very fertile, highly productive farm with predominately Pullman clay loam soil type. A soil map and well logs are available upon request.
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 is willing to lease and continue operating this farm.