Western Colorado farm: The Colorado State University Research Station on Rogers Mesa, west of Hotchkiss, Colorado, is offered for sale. The 83-acre farm has test plots of peaches, apples, cherries, and wine grapes; 17 acres of alfalfa that produces an eye-popping 7 tons to the acre; test plots of poplar trees; and open blocks comprising a total of 40 irrigated acres. Historically it has been used to grow vegetables and other truck farm crops. Water rights are plentiful, with 2,225 shares of Class 2 and 631 shares of Class 3 Fire Mountain Canal irrigation water, as well as an ag well producing up to 60 gpm. The irrigation system is engineered and pressurized, and there is plenty of water to irrigate the additional acreage that is not currently in production. Domestic water is provided by one Rogers Mesa Domestic tap. This farm has been used to research all manner of Colorado crops, including peaches, pears, apples, cherries, poplar trees, mountain mahogany (for re-seeding forest fire areas), Japanese squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, winegrapes, and much more, including 30 years of detailed production records. Sellers own the growing crops for the 2011 season unless otherwise negotiated. Highway 92 borders the farm on the north, and visibility is excellent. Delta County officials have said they have no problems with the farm being used in a commercial capacity. The main building is a laboratory/classroom building of 4,132 square feet, complete with offices, labs, and three walk-in coolers that could be used for commercial fruit and vegetable storage. The home (2550 square feet, including the basement) is plain but functional. An office/machineshop is 1,696 square feet; a very nice machine shed is 3,007 square feet; the 1,437-square-foot glass greenhouse is heated and temperature-controlled. The 2,880-square-foot pole barn provides excellent storage space. There is a pesticide storage unit that comprises 222 square feet. There is 3-phase power to the farm. Given the combination of fertile soils, cool nights, and warm summer days, as well as a 150-day growing season, the farm produces beautiful vegetables and fruit. Control plots of peaches, apples, and cherries have been grown organically and could be certified as such, but the majority of the farm is in non-organic status. Views from the property are very good, with the West Elks mountain range dominating the skyline to the east, and Scenic Mesa and the west end of the Black Canyon to the south. Management may be available for new owners. No owner financing is offered with this listing.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 05071-11024