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Middle Creek Farm

$7,500,000 Springview, NE 1,987± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Middle Creek Farm is located 17 miles west of Springview, Nebraska, or 29 miles east of Valentine, Nebraska on Highway 12, just on the northern edge of the Niobrara River breaks in Keya Paha County. Keya Paha County is well known for being some of the best cattle and cropland combination country in Nebraska. The highly diversified farm is comprised of nine center pivots with a complete set of improvements, native rangeland, wooded draws, and dryland crop ground. The center pivots are all groundwater wells, with no pumping restrictions and three-phase electric service. Currently, the farm is an irrigated/grassland cow-calf operation, with the pivots being utilized for grazing and haying. The owner rates the operation with proper inputs to be able to sustain 450 cow/calf pairs on a year-round basis. The current operation would also lead to an easy transition to an organic row crop operation. Corn yields in the area have historically been above 200+ bushels per acre. The farm also features Upper Niobrara River breaks, with timbered draws providing excellent wildlife habitat and great feed sources for elk, deer, turkeys, and upland birds. Middle Creek Farm is a great investment opportunity for a row crop operation or an irrigated cattle operation with high-quality soil, good groundwater, breathtaking views, and diversity. The farm is move-in ready and shows the great pride of current ownership.

Just the Facts

  • 1,987± deeded acres
  • 902.8± certified irrigated acres
  • 175± dryland crop acres
  •  Nine center pivots
  • Underground water pipeline for livestock
  • Good winter livestock protection
  • Fences in great shape
  • Excellent highway access
  • 1,500 square foot home plus basement and attached garage built in 2014
  • 50’ X 100’ steel machine shed built in 2011
  • 32’ X 47’ shop
  •  80,000 bushel grain storage
  •  Upper Niobrara River breaks with wooded draws
  • Excellent wildlife habitat
  • Elk, deer, turkeys, and upland birds

Broker's Comments

Middle Creek Farm is a highly diversified operation that allows for multiple operational considerations, whether that be row crop, organic, or cattle. The groundwater wells do not have pumping restrictions and are of the highest quality with no corrosion. The added value of the Niobrara River canyon breaks teaming with wildlife, creating the perfect scenario for an investment opportunity or operation that provides excellent recreation. Access is good to the farm and is in a highly sought-after area of Nebraska. If you like wide open spaces with great views and investment quality real estate, this one is for you.  

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Location

Middle Creek Farm is located on the upper breaks of the Niobrara River, just a short 19 miles west of Springview, Nebraska. Valentine, Nebraska is 29 miles west of the farm. The farm borders and is accessed by State Highway 12, then one and a half miles south on gravel County Road 422 Avenue to the headquarters. Springview provides the basic necessities, including a gas station, grocery store, bank, school, and co-op. To the west, Valentine provides major amenities and a 5,000-foot runway capable of handling private jets.  

Locale

Middle Creek Farm is located in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. The county is a transition from great cattle country to high-quality irrigated farm ground. You will see pivots and cattle intertwined among the landscape. The area is noted for some of the highest quality cattle in the Midwest. The area has become a Nebraska tourist destination due to the federally designated Niobrara Scenic River. The river has been called one of the top ten canoeing rivers in the United States. The river is very popular for kayaking and tubing also. 

Climate

Rainfall: 24.1 inches

Snowfall: 37.5 inches

Precipitation: 80.2 days

Sunny: 228 days

Avg. July High: 86.6° 

Avg. Jan Low: 12.9°

Comfort Index: 7.1

Elevation: 2,410 feet

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded: 1,987± Acres

Certified Irrigated: 902.8± Acres

Dryland Crop: 175± Acres

FSA Corn Base: 395.3± Acres

FSA Soybean Base: 72.7± Acres

Deeded Acres: 1,987±
Total Acres: 1,987±

Improvements

As mentioned before, ownership pride is evident in all aspects of the farm, notably the improvements.  

Building Improvements include:

  • 1,500 square foot home, plus basement and attached garage built in 2014
  • 50’ X 100’ steel machine shed built in 2011
  • 32’ X 47’ shop
  • 80,000 bushel grain storage
  • Numerous other small buildings
  • Two sets of working corrals
  • Highly developed livestock water system
  • Fences are in great condition
  • Five T&L pivots ranging from 2000 to 2008 models
  • Four older but functional Olsen pivots

Water Resources

All nine pivots have groundwater wells with no pumping restrictions. Several of the pivots have multiple wells supplying water. Water quality is excellent, with no corrosion of metal on pivots. Cattle are watered with numerous groundwater wells with an extensive pipeline system.  

Mineral Rights

All seller-owned mineral rights will convey with the property.

Taxes

Annual taxes are approximately $24,000, based on past years.

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Wildlife Resources

The wildlife is abundant with excellent feed sources and timbered draws. The property boasts many deer, turkeys, upland birds, and occasional elk. With the right crops planted, the elk population could become prime. The wildlife can provide endless viewing or hunting opportunities and cash flow. 

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General Operations

Currently, the owners are operating the farm as a livestock operation with irrigated pasture and hay. The pivots are mostly planted to cool season grasses/alfalfa and utilized with an intensive grazing rotation. The owner rates the operation at 450 cows on a year-round basis, with proper inputs being utilized. The nine pivots are all supplied with groundwater wells with no pumping limits. The farm would also make a very good row crop operation, with area production exceeding the 200 bushels per acre results. The current operation utilizing minimal inputs and perennial grasses would also make for a smooth transition to an organic operation. The property is very diversified and provides for many operational considerations. 

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