Red Willow Farm and Range

This great combination property consists of 53± irrigated acres of farm land with 97± rangeland acres.  The farm ground consists of Class II soils.  There is a farm lease currently in place for the 2022 growing season and residue usage until April 2023.  The rangeland is also currently leasedfor the 2022 grazing season.  There is no stock water available on the pasture.  The currently tenant provides stock water from his adjacent pasture.  The remainder of the land consist of recreational, canal, and road acres.  The dry bottom creek provides great hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, and upland game birds.  This property is in a great location just 5 minutes from downtown McCook, NE, and there is good access on the North and West sides of the property.    

Acres
Irrigated (surface water right from the Meeker Canal): 53.9±
Range: 97.79±
Recreation Dry Creek Bottom: 60.00±
Canal: 1.42±
Roads: 2.31±
Total: 215.42±

Current Rent Income
$8,276.90 Farm Ground (copy of lease available)
$1,250.00 Pasture (verbal lease agreement for 2022)
$9,526.90Total

Surface Water Allocation
Meeker Canal Irrigation District, part of the Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District
7” Allocation
$35.45 per Acre
539. Acres x $35.45 = $1910.76

Legal Description
PT SW 1/4 Section 3 & N 1/2 NE 1/4, PT S 1/2 NE 1/4,  NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 10;
all in Township 2N, Range 29W of the 6th P.M. Red Willow County, Nebraska

Taxes: $4,027.72

Address: McCook, NE 69001
County: Red Willow

Platte River Waterfowl Lore

Located in the heart of the Central Flyway, Platte River Waterfowl Lore is waiting for its new owner!  The Seller has developed this land into one of the finest hunting properties that has ever been for sale.  This property offers approximately 1 mile of  river bottom with both sides of the channel.  There are excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities and it has been the primary location for a guide and dining service referred to as The Drakes Nest Hunting Club.  It has been featured in the Omaha World Herald, and the Seller was a former Ducks Unlimited State Chairman.

This is a top shelf waterfowl spot with various wild turkey and whitetail deer.  Several tree stands are in place in strategic locations including one propane heated stand that sits up high enough to take in the views of the entire property.  After a day outdoors, head inside to relax in the cabin next to the wood burning stove, or watch the wildlife through the windows.  Enjoy wood ducks landing in the pond just outside the door, deer and turkey walking through, or take in the painted turtles perched up on the logs next to the pond.

There is a game processing area, and outdoor toilet near the cabin.  The Seller has been an excellent steward of the land.  Extensive tree removal was done to improve the waterfowl hunting along the river, and general weed control has allowed the natural grasses here to thrive.  This property has no easements on it.  There are boundary line agreements in place with access to both sides of the river channel for ultimate privacy.  I have personally hunted this property with the Seller for many years, and the experience is always amazing.

Outbuildings
48×84 metal building:
900 sqft of living space
1 full bathroom
1 toilet, sink in the laundry room
4 stall dog kennel area

Cabin:
Sleeps 5
Wood burning stove
Electricity
Inside running water
Kitchen area

Legal Description: 31-10-22 00003050 That part of Govt Lots 4 & 5 lying S of I-80 & Accretion (181.41) (31-10-22)

Taxes: $4,480.36

Address: 42610 Drive 755, Lexington, NE 68850
County: Dawson

North Bayard Farm Acreage

Here’s your chance to purchase an acreage North of Bayard, Nebraska. Located just 1/2 mile off of paved road, this home sits on 61.27 taxed assessed acres. The farmland is irrigated with water from the Farmers Irrigation District. There is a seasonal creek that runs along the West side of the property that provides excellent habitat for wildlife. There is plenty of space to build your own corrals or put up a nice metal building or cattle shed.  This property has tremendous views of the North Platte Valley including distant view of the famous Chimney Rock.

The home is selling in as-is condition but has tremendous potential and would make for a nice home. There have been several updates that have been done in the past 10 years including a new roof and septic system. Greeting you through the front door is a nice open living room with a fireplace and large picture window to the South. There is a large basement room under the South portion of the house that lends itself to several potential opportunities. The main level opens up into the kitchen area with a semi open concept to the main living room.  Down the hall you will find the main bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, and stairs for the basement area under the original portion of the home.

Acres
44.6 irrigated acres
14.04 Grass/Creek Bottom
2 Site
.63 Roads
61.27± TOTAL ACRES

Legal Description: SW1/4SE 1/4, S1/2NW1/4SE1/4 Section 16- Township 22- Range 52 West of 6th P.M. Morrill County, Nebraska

Taxes: $2,325.02

Address: 7566 Road 118, Bayard, NE 69334
County: Morrill

Walker Oak Acreage

This 20 acres just off of Walker Rd. to the South is currently zoned agricultural; however, it could be commercial with a conditional use permit. It would also make a great building site for a potential home, and has sewer and water. It is currently leased for this year to harvest the alfalfa and brome grass. It has so much potential to be a commercial or home site. With Fremont Slough running through this property, there is great recreational value as well.  Last year, there were over 400 ducks and geese harvested off of the live water.  These two 10.1 acre tracts are being sold as a whole. There is access from the North and the South. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an acreage on the edge of North Platte!

Legal Description:
A tract of land in PT. NE1/4 17-13-30 (#5) 10.01A
A tract of land in PT. NE1/4 17-13-30 (#6) 10.01A

Taxes: $1,215.80

Address: North Platte, NE 69101
County: Lincoln

15499 S. Snell Canyon Road

Overlooking the Platte Valley in Eastern Lincoln County you will find a beautiful country home and acreage that is perfect for the starting rancher or hobby farm operation. This property sits just off of Ft. McPherson Road and Snell Canyon Road and consists of 63.94 +/- acres. Around the site you will find a 1,400 sqft home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The home has been mostly remodeled on the interior with updated bathrooms, kitchen, and flooring. The owners have replaced the windows in the living room and dining room. New updates include laminate flooring on the main level, kitchen remodel (countertops, dishwasher, stove and range), updated thermostat (central air, propane heat), and a remodeled upstairs bathroom with new shower and plumbing. There is a 40’x40’ metal quonset with dirt floor, vintage wooden barn with stall areas and an old school house building. There is plenty of room around the house to do an addition or build your dream shop. Excellent wind protection to the North makes this property comfortable on those cold windy days.

The pasture is ready for livestock and most of the large cedar trees have been removed. There is a hydrant near the barn that provides water for the livestock in the pens and the pasture. There is a smaller paddock that is fenced off from the main pasture and would make a nice calving area. On the North end of the property there is a small alfalfa field that the owner has had custom hayed the past few years. As for wildlife potential, this property has had many mule deer, the occasional whitetail deer, and many turkeys that call this property home. There are several canyon draws that make for prime habitat for all types of wildlife.

This is a nice opportunity to buy a sizable acreage in Lincoln County. Call today to set up a private showing.

Legal Description: PT.W1/2SW1/4 LYING S. OF COUNTY RD. Section 24- Township 12- Range 28 West of the 6th P.M. Lincoln County, Nebraska.

Taxes: $2,418.92

Address: 15499 S. Snell Canyon Rd., Brady, NE 69123
County: Lincoln

South Channel Wildlife

Over a half mile of both sides of the South Platte River channel!  This 201.5 acre accretion property is located on the south channel between Cozad and Lexington Nebraska. This is an excellent area for wild turkey, White Tail deer, and waterfowl. The channel is wide in this area and stays open through the winter. There are numerous old slough paths that are just begging to be dug out to host ducks in spring fed, open water. There are also numerous excellent locations along the bend in the channel for duck blinds. The property south of the channel has been kept clean and relatively cedar-free to keep shooting lanes through the cottonwoods open and unobstructed. The area north of the river is a bit thicker, but this is where the deer will shelter and hide their fawns. The deer trails stream out of the north side of the channel and fan out through the south side of the property as the deer head to the pastures and fields to feed.  Trails are worn wide and deep soon after a fresh snow, it is obvious they are here, and in large numbers! Rubs and sheds are found all over this property. There is a large elevated tree stand on the east end of the property with a wide shooting lane chain-sawed through the cottonwoods.  There is a narrow strip of Wildlife Management Area located to the north of this property that is only accessible by foot and does not have waterfowl blinds. Hunters attempting to harvest deer in this area will only push them straight down into this property.  The land on the north side of the channel provides an ample barrier so that your hunting excursions are peaceful and uninterrupted.  The property is fenced and has been surveyed.

Legal Description: Section 27 Township 10N Range 23W of the 6th P.M.
ALL ACC EXC PT S1/2NW1/4 PT SW1/4 & E1/2 ALL S OF RIVER

Taxes: $3,433.62

Address: Cozad, NE 69130
County: Dawson

The Devine Ranch – Tract 1

Tract 1: Tract one is located just Southwest from Oconto, and consists of approximately 645± acres of hardland pasture. It has excellent water sources including four stock tanks located in key areas of the section, along with two stock ponds, which can hold water in dry years.  Tract one also has recreational opportunities including whitetailed deer, mule deer, and wild turkey. Rangeland is considered to be in good to excellent condition.  There is direct county road access to this tract.

The ranch has been evaluated for estimated carrying capacities as well as estimated landlord revenue on a summer grazing basis utilizing cow/calf pairs and market rents.  The ranch has two long term tenants.  They have worked and cared for the land along with the current owners.  The current ownership is very conservation minded and the ranch resource reflects this.

Deeded Acres By County Record
Taxes: $5,615.22
Hardland pasture: 644.73±

Location/Background
The Devine Ranch is located in South Central Custer County near Oconto, Nebraska, approximately 25 miles North from Lexington, which has one of the largest beef packing plants in the region.  This ranch was homesteaded by John A. Devine who is still considered a very prominent man of Oconto.  The current Owners of the Devine Ranch are direct descendants of the original Devine Family that homesteaded it.  This is the first time this ranch has been for sale since it was homesteaded 132 years ago in 1889.

Rainfall
The rainfall in the area and location of this ranch ranges from 20”-24” per year with the majority of it falling during the growing season.  It is generally considered consistent and reliable to the extent that cattle sell downs because droughts are rare.

Minerals
The current ownership will convey all the owned minerals.

Exchanges
The current ownership will cooperate with 1031 exchanges.

Ogallala Aquifer
The Sandhills of Nebraska support the largest fresh water aquifer in the continental U.S.  Known as the Ogallala or High Plains Aquifer, it develops fresh water bearing material where this ranch is located.  Stock wells and irrigation wells are generally considered shallow by comparison to other cattle producing regions in other states.  The Devine Ranch is located in the Ogallala Aquifer that supports approximately 400-600 feet of fresh water bearing material in the area of the ranch.  Static and pumping levels for both irrigation wells and stock wells are considered shallow and excellent.  A major factor in this is the South Loup River that traverses through Tract two.

Landlord Revenue Estimate

Tract 1
644.73 acres Total by county record @ .80 AUMs/AC  516 AUMs
516/12 months – 43 AUs or 15 Acres/AUs
516/5 months/1.6 BWE – 65 Pair or approximately 10 AC/Pair
65 pair @ $65/pair/mo, for 5 mos. – $21,125
$21,125 Gross Income
$5,615 Real Estate Taxes
$1,200 R & R
$1,750 Misc (weed control)
$12,560 Net Income, Say $12,500 Net to landlord

Year Around Carrying Capacity Estimate

Tract 1
516 AUMs/12 mo-43 AUMs
43 AUs
.80
34 Cows (Cow Calf, Retaining Replacements, Bulls)
645 AC/43 AUs – 15AC/AU
645 AC/34 cows – 19 AC/Cow

Summary Estimate

Tract 1
645 Acres
$21,125 Gross Income
$12,500 Net Income

History
The Devine family has deep seated roots in the Oconto, Nebraska area dating back to the late 1800’s, John A. Devine settled the South Loup Valley Ranch, (The Devine Ranch) in the 1880’s.  He was a long time stockman and a substantial farmer and leader in the community.  John A. Devine has pioneer honors in Custer County and his character was the positive expression of a strong, loyal, and noble nature.  John A. Devine made his life count for good in all of its relationships, and helped in the civic and industrial development, and the building of Custer County, Nebraska.

Frank “Bounce” Devine served his country with the US Navy from January of 1942, until April 1946 serving on the USS West Virginia.  Later the family moved to Oconto, Nebraska. In 1950 he was employed at the Farmers Bank of Oconto for over 40 years, serving as President from 1975-1983.

James V. Devine once said the financial interest of any growing community is among the most important, because upon this rests the opportunity for progress or the probability of retrogression.  James V. Devine was also devoted to the family farm. In 1889, they located the farmstead near Oconto and settled there.  He appreciated the dignity of labor, the value of industry, and the necessity of honesty and integrity.

Today the Devine Ranch still exists and is very well maintained by James T. Devine from Colorado and Frank Devine from Arizona who currently lease the ranch.  The ranch reflects the care and conservation efforts that James T. Devine has provided over the years of his tenure.

Excerpts from the Custer County Historical Society, in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Address: Oconto, NE 68860

County: Custer

South Pine Waterfowl and Meadow

South Pine Waterfowl and Meadow consists of approximately 890.5+/- total acres.  This property is located 10 miles South and 1.5 miles West of Long Pine on a well-maintained road.  It is being offered as a whole or can be divided into two separate tracts.

Tract 1
Estimated acres: 410±
Price: $717,500
Legal Description: To be further described by a survey or title commitment. 27 28 21 that portion lying East & South of existing county rd R.O.W. Total 136.71 Acres.  A portion of 34-28-21.

Tract 1 adjoins Cozad Lake also known as South Pine WMA with an improved boat ramp on the Nebraska Game and Parks property.  Fish species range from Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Common Carp.  There is an abundance of waterfowl, some upland game, and has sub-irrigated meadows.

Tract 2
Estimated acres: 480.5±
Price: $840,875
Legal Description: To be further described by a survey or title commitment. 27 28 21 that portion lying East & South of existing county rd R.O.W. Total 136.71 Acres.  A portion of 34-28-21.

Tract 2 has a solar well that was installed in 2017, a private marsh with an abundance of waterfowl, and sub-irrigated meadows.

Estimated Acres
Tract 1:410±
Tract 2: 480.5±
Estimated Total: 890.5±

Estimated Income
$70,000 total annual income
$40,000 hay income | $30,000 for 350 cows for 60 days (Owner estimated)

Legal Description: To be further described by a survey or title commitment. 27 28 21 that portion lying East & South of existing county rd R.O.W. Total 136.71 Acres 27-28-21. 34-28-21 that portion lying East & South of existing county rd R.O.W. Total 422.81 Acres 34-28-21. A portion of 3-27-21 NE1/4 & W1/2 Lying East of existing CO.RD.R.O.W. Number of acres to be determined.

Taxes: 
Section 27-$532.78
Section 34-$2140.84
Section 3-$3080.06 (not selling all of section 3)

Address: Long Pine, NE 69217
County: Brown

The Devine Ranch – Tract 2

Tract 2: Tract two is the heart of the ranch and the most diverse.  Tract two is approximately 1,535± acres including one center pivot (138 acres).  The center pivot is a Valley pivot that is 15 years old, and is owned by the tenant. The 50hp electric pivot motor is owned by the Seller.  The pivot lays well and is very productive.  Landlord rent has been in excess of $250 per acre.  There are no NRD water controls affecting this center pivot.  This tract also contains approximately 179± acres of dryland cultivated land, approximately 129± acres of sub-irrigated meadow and recreational property, and approximately 1,045± acres of hardland pasture. 

Tract two is simply a beautiful river front property with excellent county road access, with top notch recreational opportunities.  There are whitetailed deer, mule deer, wild turkey, predator and trapping opportunities, as well as fishing along the South Loup River.  There is an abundance of cover along the banks of the South Loup River with adjacent croplands and plenty of water and wildlife cover making this ranch an amazing recreational destination.  Tract two is the location of the former homestead, which offers a mature shelterbelt for an excellent location for a home or cabin site.   There is one well for stock tanks on a pipeline, and one stock pond for year round water.  Broker comment: the recreational hunting is excellent and could be leased to an outfitter.

Deeded Acres By County Record

Tract 2 – Taxes: $21,337.68
Center pivot irrigated: 138.8±
Dryland cultivated: 179.85±
Sub-irrigated/dryland/recreational: 129±
Hardland pasture: 1,046±
Road, homesite, waste: 41.50±
TOTAL: 1,535±

Location/Background
The Devine Ranch is located in South Central Custer County near Oconto, Nebraska, approximately 25 miles North from Lexington, which has one of the largest beef packing plants in the region.  This ranch was homesteaded by John A. Devine who is still considered a very prominent man of Oconto.  The current Owners of the Devine Ranch are direct descendants of the original Devine Family that homesteaded it.  This is the first time this ranch has been for sale since it was homesteaded 132 years ago in 1889.

Rainfall
The rainfall in the area and location of this ranch ranges from 20”-24” per year with the majority of it falling during the growing season.  It is generally considered consistent and reliable to the extent that cattle sell downs because droughts are rare.

Minerals
The current ownership will convey all the owned minerals.

Exchanges
The current ownership will cooperate with 1031 exchanges.

Ogallala Aquifer
The Sandhills of Nebraska support the largest fresh water aquifer in the continental U.S.  Known as the Ogallala or High Plains Aquifer, it develops fresh water bearing material where this ranch is located.  Stock wells and irrigation wells are generally considered shallow by comparison to other cattle producing regions in other states.  The Devine Ranch is located in the Ogallala Aquifer that supports approximately 400-600 feet of fresh water bearing material in the area of the ranch.  Static and pumping levels for both irrigation wells and stock wells are considered shallow and excellent.  A major factor in this is the South Loup River that traverses through Tract two.

Landlord Revenue Estimate

Tract 2
138.8 AC Center Pivot @ $275/AC – $38,170
179.85 AC Dryland Cultivated @ $75/AC – $13,489
129 AC Sub-Irrigated/Dryland/Recreational
Meadow = $1,800 (24 AC @ $75/AC)
Deer = $5,000 – Hunting Income
Turkey = $2,500 – Hunting Income
Total = $9,300
1046 AC Hardland Pasture @ .80 AUMs/AC – 837 AUMs
837 AUMs/12 months – 70 AUs or 15 Acres/AU
837/5 months / 1.6 BWE – 104 Pair or 10 AC/ Pair
104 Pair @ $65/pair / month for 5 months $33,800
$94,759 Gross Income
$21,338 Real Estate Taxes
$3,000 R & R Pivot
$2,500 Misc (weed control)
$67,921 Net Income, Say $68,000 Net to Landlord

Year Around Carrying Capacity Estimate

Tract 2
1067 AUMs/12 mo – 89 AUs – (Meadow grazing 90 AUMs, Pivot grazing 140 AUMs, Rangeland grazing 837 AUMs)
89 AUs
.80
71 cows (Cow Calf Retaining Replacement Bulls)
1535 AC/89 AUs – 17 AC/AU
1535 AC/71 Cows – 22 AC/Cow

Summary Estimate

Tract 2
1535 Acres
$94,759 Gross Income
$68,000 Net Income

Irrigation Well Data – Electric Center Pivot, 50 HP electric motor
Well Registration – G-025636
Well ID – 32190
Static Water Level – 49 Ft
Pumping Level 103 Ft
Gallons Per Minute – 1100 GPM
Lower Loup NRD – CIA’s 147.96 AC
Estimated annual H.P. Charge – $2,500
Estimated annual energy charge – $4,500
Total annual estimated costs – $7,000
Owner Jim Devine, President

History
The Devine family has deep seated roots in the Oconto, Nebraska area dating back to the late 1800’s, John A. Devine settled the South Loup Valley Ranch, (The Devine Ranch) in the 1880’s.  He was a long time stockman and a substantial farmer and leader in the community.  John A. Devine has pioneer honors in Custer County and his character was the positive expression of a strong, loyal, and noble nature.  John A. Devine made his life count for good in all of its relationships, and helped in the civic and industrial development, and the building of Custer County, Nebraska.

Frank “Bounce” Devine served his country with the US Navy from January of 1942, until April 1946 serving on the USS West Virginia.  Later the family moved to Oconto, Nebraska. In 1950 he was employed at the Farmers Bank of Oconto for over 40 years, serving as President from 1975-1983.

James V. Devine once said the financial interest of any growing community is among the most important, because upon this rests the opportunity for progress or the probability of retrogression.  James V. Devine was also devoted to the family farm. In 1889, they located the farmstead near Oconto and settled there.  He appreciated the dignity of labor, the value of industry, and the necessity of honesty and integrity.

Today the Devine Ranch still exists and is very well maintained by James T. Devine from Colorado and Frank Devine from Arizona who currently lease the ranch.  The ranch reflects the care and conservation efforts that James T. Devine has provided over the years of his tenure.

Excerpts from the Custer County Historical Society, in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Address: Oconto, NE 68860

County: Custer

Niobrara River Ranch

The Niobrara River Ranch consists of 3,919.20+/- county deeded acres and a 479.12+/- acre school lease.  This is an all-contiguous ranch with approximately 3 miles of Niobrara River frontage and Dutch Creek flowing through the Northeast corner of the property.

The building site has good access from Meadville Avenue and has a recently renovated home with an attached garage, a detached garage, machine shed, barn with corrals and a chicken coop.

The home has 3 bedrooms, 1+2-3/4 bathrooms, a great room with a wood burning fireplace, an office area, a laundry room with a sink, and a dining room with a gas fireplace.  The mostly finished basement has an additional 1,088 square feet of living space with a nice sized bathroom and 2 bonus rooms.

The tenant stated that an average of 300 cows can be pastured for the 5-month grazing season.  There are 2 livestock wells and 24 tanks connected mostly by pipeline.  900 new posts were installed in the last couple of years and the fences are in good condition.

The center pivot irrigation systems are both located in the Middle Niobrara NRD and subject to their rules and regulations.  Currently there are no water use restrictions.

There is a Valley pivot with a John Deere power unit and new sprinklers were added in 2021.  There are 135.06± certified irrigated acres.

On the school land lease, there is a 2013 Reinke pivot with an Isuzu diesel engine and a digital control panel.  This is owned by the Seller along with the motor, gearhead, fuel tank and pump located in the school well.  There are 130± certified irrigated acres.

Extensive tree removal has been done creating numerous trails and providing excellent access to the river, creek, and live spring water.  There is an abundance of mule deer, whitetail deer, turkey, and elk.

This ranch has stunning views of the Niobrara River.  This is a rare and exceptional opportunity to purchase a property that has the perfect combination of secluded hunting along the Niobrara River, pasture, and irrigated farm ground.

Acres
Grass:  2550.53±
Irrigated:  135.09±
Dryland:  21.19±
Water:  208.28±
GRT1:  33.45±
GRT2:  959.6±
Road/Farm:  10.06±
Total Estimated Acres by County Record:  3,919.20+/-

Board of Education Land Funds Lease by County Record:  479.12+/- (expires 12/31/25 )

Improvements/Outbuildings
Home:  2,437 sq. ft. + 1,088 sq. ft. basement partially finished.  30’ x 28’ attached garage
Detached garage:  20’ x 24’
Chicken coop:  24’ x 14’
Machine shed:  50’ x 40’, electricity, concrete floor.
Barn:  28’ x 56’

Equipment
Valley pivot w/John Deere power unit.  New sprinklers added in 2021.
2013 Reinke pivot w/Isuzu diesel engine owned by the seller, located on the school land lease.

Taxes: $30,711.40

Address: 88998 Meadville Ave., Ainsworth, NE 69210
County: Brown

Co-marketed with C.S. Nelson Real Estate