18889 Homestead Road, Delta, Colorado, 81416
One of the most productive farming areas in the entire state of Colorado is the riverbottom lands surrounding Delta, Colorado, on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Of those lands, this is quite possibly the most productive farm in the entire area, due to its pressurized irrigation water, quality soils, and unique selection of crops. The Altitude Mesa farm has grown hops, hemp, corn, pinto beans, onions, and high-quality alfalfa hay for almost 150 years. Delta, Colorado farms are very productive, growing over 250 bushels of corn to the acre, and this farm has every potential to do the same. The land has 35 acres round-up ready alfalfa. Harvest averages 4-5 cuttings of hay per year with 4-5 tons per acre of quality round up ready hay.
One of the highest-yielding crops, as far as dollars generated per acre, is hops. This farm has 24 acres of hops with trellises made from metal drill pipe, which combined with pressurized drip irrigation lines to ensure a measured flow of water for the vines. Hops don't begin to yield high production until they've had at least three years to mature, and this crop has just reached the maturity stage. Varieties include several high-elevation varieties sought after by craft brewers for their exceptional flavor.
In addition to the hops, the farm also has 34 acres of row crop land that can grow a wide variety of crops, including hemp (the property has previously been registered as a Colorado hemp farm), alfalfa, pinto beans, onions, corn, or vegetables. The farm is versatile enough to be used for a wide variety of purposes.
Anyone with farming experience in the West knows that water rights are everything. No one has a successful farm without water rights that ensure crops can be irrigated throughout the growing season to ensure a successful yield. With 15 shares of the Bonafide Ditch, this farm has some of the oldest water rights on the entire Western Slope of Colorado, ensuring that there is always plentiful water to bring crops to full term. The farm is served by an engineered pressurized pump system, which means that a farmer can deliver a specific quantity of water to any spot on the farm. Pressurized water is used for drip irrigation lines for crops such as vegetables, tomatoes, squash, hemp, hops, resulting in much higher yields and better weed control than with other more antiquated systems of irrigation. The total cost for the irrigation system was $300,000. The property also has a domestic water tap through Tri-County Domestic Water Company.
The Altitude Mesa farm has a new wooden Cleary 60x64 shop building with concrete floors in one half and gravel in the other half in order to be able to service heavy equipment. The shop walls are 19' high and a hops dryer is installed in one section of the shop, and a hemp drying facility as well. Adjacent to the shop is a new 75'x100' concrete pad with reinforced stem walls and extra-thick reinforced concrete floor that can either be used as a pad to base outdoor operations on, or as a floor and walls for a new shop. The shop is served with three-phase electrical power. A natural gas line is about a quarter of a mile away, and can be brought to the site. No home is currently on the property.
The Altitude Mesa Farm is located on the south bank of the Gunnison River about four miles east of Delta. The river flows strongly at this point. It provides good duck hunting and fishing for trout.