53999 Falcon Road, Olathe, Colorado 81425, Olathe, Colorado, 81425
Olathe, Colorado, is known as the location in Western Colorado with some of the most productive farm ground in the whole state. This 160-acre farm is situated close to the end of Falcon Road on the west side of Olathe, just below the Uncompahgre Plateau. At 5,600 feet, the elevation is ideal for growing a wide variety of crops, including hemp, alfalfa, feed corn, sweet corn, pinto beans, and onions. Nearby farms also grow wine grapes and fruit. This 160-acre farm property has excellent soils and is one of the most productive farms in a highly productive area. Currently it is used for feed corn, grass hay, and alfalfa production, but it has also grown onions, sweet corn, pinto beans, and fruit trees over the years. It is currently producing 225 bushels of corn per acre, or even more on a good year. Neighboring farms have been converted to hemp production with excellent results. This farm has high potential as an excellent hemp farm.
Water is the key to a productive Colorado farm, and this farm is served by 80 shares, or 1.6 cubic feet per second, of Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association water. UVWUA water is served by two large irrigation reservoirs upstream, which guarantees water late into the irrigation season. 2018 was the driest year in almost a century, and this farm had good irrigation flows clear into November, while other farms went dry in early June. November 2019 will see the installation of a new $100,000 irrigation project to ensure even better flows. The farm is served by gated pipe and concrete siphon ditches.
The farm is a very basic square configuration of a 160-acre quarter section with no cutouts. However, the terrain within that quarter section is a pleasing mix of flat, irrigated mesa tops, cottonwood groves, small valleys of irrigated hayfields, upland terrain, and pasture. The homestead is located on the southeast corner, with a 1,248-square-foot home that has been recently updated, along with the basic infrastructure of an old feedlot. Another homesite had a mobile home on it, which has since been removed, but the electrical hookup, septic tank, and water tap are still available for use. The property has a total of three domestic water taps served by Tri-County Domestic Water Users Association, and there are multiple beautiful homesites. Building restrictions are minimal. Views are excellent in all directions, with beautiful vistas of the San Juans, Gunnison Gorge, Grand Mesa, and the Uncompahgre Plateau.
The farm is a wildlife haven, with some surprising species present, such as Gambel’s quail and wild pheasants. It’s an excellent property for dove hunting as well, as doves love to roost in the tall cottonwoods on either side of the hayfields. This area is known for producing trophy-quality mule deer bucks, and bucks scoring over 200 have been taken in close proximity to this farm. Several nice bucks are known to bed down on this property on a daily basis. BLM lands are close by, but this property does not border public lands. The Uncompahgre Plateau rises just to the west of the property, with thousands and thousands of acres of BLM and National Forest lands in GMU’s 62 and 61 just to the west.