Ask Marv Van Houten
Boyd County Irrigated Farm is a highly improved irrigated farm located on the northern border of Nebraska just 5 1/2 miles west of Butte on Nebraska State Highway 1, one mile north on the Boyd County Oil Road and then one half mile east to the farm headquarters.
627.6 acres, 440 of which are pivot irrigated. (with room for additional irrigated acres) This is a highly improved irrigated farm with very productive deep silt loam soils over flat to rolling hills. The property currently rotates corn and soybeans.
The river pump station has a Case IH Diesel motor (5,250 hours) with a Crisafulli pump which pumps water out of the Niobrara River into the canal. The canal is about 100 yards long. They spent $87,000 on tile drain in 2012. All the electric motors and pumps at the dam were inspected in 2021 (last year) and new bearings were put in everything. A new Isuzu diesel engine (1688 hours) with a new self-priming pump was installed new in 2020 which pumps the water out of the canal and into the pipeline up to the dam on the farm.
The farm has irrigation rights and pumps water out of the Niobrara River into a dam located on the farm. The farm is irrigated by four valley irrigation pivots, three of which were installed in 2012 with new underground buried wire in conduit and the fourth was newly installed in 2021 with new buried underground wire in conduit.
The fences on this farm are in very good shape. Some of them were put in new in the last year or two.
Double Wide Trailer 24 x 56, with vinyl siding, new tin roof
Quonset 52 x 103
There is good hunting, fishing and water recreation in this area of Nebraska. The Niobrara River is a great place to canoe as well as fish for catfish. There are local spring fed ponds where you can fish for bluegill, crappie, bass, and bullheads. The Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River is 29 miles northeast of Butte Nebraska. Lake Francis Case is great place for fishing and water skiing. This is a great area to go fishing for walleye, northern pike, sauger, sunfish, yellow perch, channel catfish, smallmouth bass. (It's also great for ice fishing.
This area of Nebraska has great pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. There are white tail and mule deer along with coyotes.
This farm can be developed into a first-class pheasant hunting operation.
Butte Nebraska is the county seat for Boyd County which has a population of 1,857 people and all of the local necessary conveniences, including grocery, restaurants and Butte Farm Supply and Butte Implement (Massey-Ferguson Dealer) which supply the area farms and ranches. O'Neill NE, just 40 miles south of Butte, has a John Deere Dealership, and several good places to eat. Naper which is 14 miles west of Butte on Nebraska Highway 12 is home to cafe. People drive for miles to eat at this cafe.
The Twin Buttes which are a natural landmark, are located on the south side of highway between Butte and Naper.