This farm is located just a fifteen-minute drive northwest of Selah, Washington. Selah sits at the confluence of the Naches River and Yakima River. It is known as “The Apple Juice Capital of the World” due to its proximity to the Wenas Valley fruit orchards and access to road and rail systems for shipment.
There are 182.1± acres of farm land on this turn-key alfalfa grazing ranch. Dry Creek runs through the northeastern corner of the property, and the property fronts Longmire Lane to the west. While the majority of the irrigated acreage is planted in alfalfa hay, there is also a 10± acre lavender field.
There are two homes on the property. One was built in 1919 and one in 2008. The older home has four bedrooms and one bathroom, and could be livable with minimal improvements. However, it is not currently serviced by water or electricity. The newer home has 2,321± square feet of living space. It is a single-story with three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 462± square foot attached garage. There are several outbuildings on the property. A 161’ x 300’±, gable-roofed steel building could be used as a riding arena. The 48,300± square foot structure features stalls, natural, and concrete floors. Two pole barns used for hay storage are 4,520± square feet each. There are also a few utility sheds.
This property has three levels of senior irrigation water rights. This provides double the amount of water necessary to irrigate the property in an average year. First, the acreage is irrigated by stream flow water from the Wenas Irrigation District. Once the water falls below intake level, irrigation water comes from 241 unit shares of the Wenas Lake Reservoir. Finally, the property has the added advantage of a back-up irrigation well for emergency use.
Irrigation water is applied to the 144± acres by 4 center pivots. The remaining acres are watered by hand or wheel lines. There is also a runoff pond that gathers any excess irrigation water, which supplies a drip line to water the 10± acre lavender field.
The 144± acres of alfalfa fields yield 4,200-4,550±, 80-pound bales per cutting. The property produces three good cuttings per year. In recent years, owners have been running production at a maintenance minimum and leasing out extra water. When run at full capacity, the farm historically yields 6 tons per acre over a single growing season.