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P.O. Box 1614
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Phone: 541-278-4444

Basket Mountain Dryland Wheat Farm

Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Price  $ 741,688.00


Located approximately seven miles Southeast of Milton-Freewater, The Basket Mountain Dryland Wheat Farm contains 313.04± deeded acres. The property consists of 264.39+/- acres that are tillable and the remaining 48.65± acres are rangeland. The property is currently farmed as a wheat/fallow rotation and has a PLC yield of 66± BU. Low elevations are at 1,900 feet to the high elevations at 2,100 feet. The soils are comprised of mostly of highly productive Palouse series and Waha series soils within the tillable acres. No outbuildings on the property. Most of the property has a north-facing slope. *Additional farm and range ground may be bought with this property. Please contact listing brokers for further details.


Basket Mountain Dryland Wheat Farm is approximately seven miles southeast of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. The property is near the junction of Upper Dry Creek Road and Basket Mountain Road, which then Basket Mountain Road runs through the middle of the property. The property is approximately 2 miles from Highway 11.


The property can be accessed from Highway 11 onto Blue Mountain Station Road, then turn right (south) onto Basket Mountain Road. The property is approximately two miles down Basket Mountain Road.

Distances to Other Cities:

Walla Walla, WA: 16± Miles
Pendleton, OR: 35± Miles
Spokane, WA: 189± Miles
Portland, OR: 243± Miles
Seattle, WA: 275± Miles

Legal Identification of Subject Property:

4N3600-00-02000- (235.04 Acres)
4N3600-00-01600- (58.00 Acres)
4N3600-00-03800- (20.00 Acres)

Acreage Breakdown:

Total: 313.04± Acres
Tillable: 264.39± Acres
Range: 48.65± Acres

Crop Ground:

Approximately half of the dryland farm-ground acres are planted to winter wheat for the current crop year. According to the 156EZ FSA forms, the property has a 66 PLC yield. The farming practice is a fallow operation, so a crop is seeded every other year and the land is left dormant in between. Some of the neighbors adjacent to the property have been doing annual cropping and have had some success with it. The predominant soil types in the crop ground are highly productive Palouse silt loam and Waha silty clay loam.


Based on the Soil Conservation Service’s Soil Survey of Umatilla County, the major soil types on the property are Palouse silt loam and Waha silty clay loam. Palouse silt loam with 35% or less slope makes up a little over half of the property and Waha silty clay loam with 25% less slope makes up about a quarter of the property. The primary soil type in the non-tilled portions is Gwin-Rock outcrop complex. Soil depths range from deep to moderately deep.


2016-2017 Taxes Total – $1,625.69
4N3600-00-02000- (235.04 Acres): $1,188.73
4N3600-00-01600- (58.00 Acres): $326.24
4N3600-00-03800- (20.00 Acres): $110.72


The subject property qualifies for two Landowner Preference (LOP) tags within the Walla Walla Unit under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines. Deer and upland game birds are the primary hunting recreation aspect. Additional rules may apply as the property is within a limited LOP hunting unit. (See the ODFW Big Game Hunting Regulations book or call the local Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife in Pendleton at 541-276-2344.)


Where the property is located the average rainfall is approximately 20” to 26” per annum. Further detailed weather information for Milton-Freewater, Oregon is available from the National Weather Service website back to 2011.


The tilled portions are gently sloping to sloping farm ground, which is typical of the area. The property includes draws and slopes that have steeper ground. The main portion of the property is estimated to be approximately 1,900 to 2,100 feet above sea level.


In Milton-Freewater, Oregon, summers are warm and winters are cold. The growing season or average frost-free period is about 135-170 days annually. Further detailed weather information for Milton-Freewater is available from the National Weather Service website back to 2011

Mineral Rights:

The owner does not warrant there are any mineral rights available; however, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property offered for sale.


Property is zoned EFU, exclusive farm use. For complete zoning information, contact the Umatilla County Planning Department at 541-278-6252.


The purposes of the EFU, Exclusive Farm Use Zone, are to preserve and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, including range and grazing uses, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products, forest and open spaces; to conserve and protect scenic resources; to maintain and improve the quality of air, water and land resources of the county and to establish criteria and standards for farm uses and related and supportive uses which are deemed appropriate. It is also the purpose of this use zone to provide the automatic farm use valuation for farms, which qualify under the provisions of ORS Chapter 308. The provisions in this use zone are subject to automatic legislative amendments as described in §152.004. (Ord. 2005=02, passed 1-5-2005)

History of the Farm:

The Basket Mountain Dryland Wheat Farm has historically been a dryland wheat farm and the current use remains that of a dry crop/fallow farm. The farm was leased out and farmed by the Couse Creek Ranch for many years. As the Couse Creek Ranch owner has decided to sell, so has the current owner of the subject property. No substantial changes from the dry land cropping operation are anticipated. The farm has been in the family for years and used as an investment opportunity for the family.


The Umatilla County School District offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12) in the town of Milton-Freewater.

Town of Milton-Freewater:

Milton and Freewater began as two separate cities. The area is rich in history, and a short account of the beginning of the two towns and development is described below.
In 1872, W. S. Frazier laid off a town site on part of the Frazier property, gave a man by the name of Woodward 1.5 acres on the west side of Main Street as a site for a hotel, and sold John Miller 15 acres and a water right for $125 to build a grist mill. The mill machinery contained three runs of stone burrs. In 1873 M.V. Wormington built the first residence in the platted area. By general community consent, the town name of Milton was selected in an application for a post office. Milton was on its way to a rather enviable reputation of conservative social life, especially regarding spiritual affairs, sobriety and a high standard of education.
Horticulture was one of the profitable enterprises of the first settlers. From the beginning, the product found a ready and profitable market. A long growing season, combined with ample water and fertile soil made a production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables easy. William S. Frazier planted a large part of his acreage to tree fruits and berries.
By 1882 Milton had a population of 400 and boasted two general stores, two drug stores, one variety store, one millinery store, a hotel, a restaurant, three saloons, three livery and feed stables, one undertaker’s shop, and many more shops. It also had a flour mill, a planer, chop and shingle mill, hall, flume, railroad station, school house, two churches, post office and express office. In 1886, the town Board of Trustees established a city government and incorporated under the name of Milton City.
The establishment of Freewater is credited to a group of men who in 1889, dissatisfied with the way things were going in Milton--one main reason being the prohibition of sales of alcoholic beverages--decided to start a sister town. The late H. H. Hanson, a Touchet farmer, was one of the “dozen-odd” people who met shortly before the turn of the century to name Freewater. “I went to Milton in 1889”, said Hanson in an interview shortly before his death, “ . . . as the depot agent for the Northern Pacific railroad, and by that time ‘Freewater’ had had its start.” A man named Mahana – “a visionary sort of man who wanted to do big things” – had laid out a town site north of the depot when Hanson arrived.
After operating separate cities for so many years and growing closer together over the course of those years, servicemen returning from World War II resolved to do something about a possible merger, which had been a topic of conversation for a long time. J.T. Monahan was elected chairman of the newly formed Consolidation Club. Achieving consolidation was no easy matter as feelings still ran high with many persons, and the committee worked very hard to encourage the merger. Under state law, the majority of voters in each of the two communities had to favor consolidation. In November 1950 the election was held and a new city was born. The votes cast were: Freewater - 240 for consolidation, 204 against; Milton - 464 for consolidation, 167 against. The communities became the City of Milton-Freewater, ending a duplication of governmental services in the two adjoining communities extending over a period of 61 years. J.L. Yantis was elected the first Mayor of Milton-Freewater.

Umatilla County:

Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning “rippling water” or “water rippling over sand” and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county’s economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.




Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Jim Whitney, Broker
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Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.