The Nebraska Hard Grass Ranch encompasses 6,900 acres of deeded grassland in northwest Nebraska, just to the north of scenic town of Chadron, Nebraska. The property provides excellent natural forage from the ‘short grass prairie’ grasslands and has good access being bisected by US Hwy 385 which runs from Chadron to Rapid City. Rush Creek winds through the property on a southeasterly course. The ranch is cross-fenced with each pasture having two or more water sources being reservoirs, creeks and pipeline drinkers.

The Nebraska Hard Grass Ranch offers excellent grassland pasture in a sought-after area. The size of the ranch offers enough land to be economical or to add to an existing program.

Broker(s): John Stratman

LOCATION

The Nebraska Hard Grass Ranch is in Dawes County, NE and just 10 miles northwest of Chadron on Hwy 385. Chadron is the county seat for Dawes County and offers a regional hospital, Chadron State College, and a small jet capable commercial airport along with other major services. Dawes County is an agricultural neighborhood that benefits from the scenic White River and Pine Ridge area. The Pine Ridge area, characterized by a stretch of Pinetree landscape bisecting Sioux and Dawes Counties from Wyoming to South Dakota, is a natural draw for tourists enroute to Yellowstone or the Black Hills as well as equestrians, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

ACREAGE & WATER

The ranch consists of 6,900 deeded acres of high-quality grasslands. The lands are gently rolling to rolling and slope toward Rush Creek which runs in a southeasterly direction. The lands are cross-fenced into nine larger pastures. Water is supplied by Rush Creek and reservoirs seasonally with reliance on the two pipeline systems. The larger south side of the ranch is serviced by the Wayside Pipeline system, a community pipeline servicing about six ranches including this one. Approval is required for a new owner to join the pipeline. The north side pipeline is serviced from an electric well on the property with five drinkers.

Quality hard grass varieties include both cool and warm season species including Green Needle Grass, Indian Rice Grass, Western Wheatgrass, Thick spike Wheatgrass, Slender Wheatgrass, Blue Grama, Buffalo Grass, Little Bluestem, Prairie Sand reed, Side Oats Grama, Hairy Grama and Switch Grass among others.

Improvements consist of fences, livestock water systems and reservoirs, corrals, open faced sheds (2) and a livestock barn. A house or modular could be added if desired. The ranch is leased through next year but has a provision for early termination upon sale.

The ranch should qualify for the new Grassland CRP, a new NRCS program for management of grasslands with a rest or rotation component and record keeping. The 15-year program allows for a cap of $50,000 per year per property at a base rate of about $10/acre.

SUMMARY

The Nebraska Hard Grass Ranch offers excellent grassland pasture in a sought-after area. The size of the ranch offers enough land to be economical or to add to an existing program.