last updated 11 Jan 2018

Contents: Income | Crop Fields | Crop Acres | Assessment - Tax Parcels | Soil Map | Timothy Farming | Land Prices | Area Data | Ranch Details | Almonds | Contacts:

The Sikes Ranch was established by my great grandfather, Jonathan Sikes, in 1869 and has been in the family ever since.
It was farmed by Jonathan his son Alvin and his son Jack until Jack's untimely death from polio.
It was not irrigated so dry crops, wheat, barley and oats were grown.

In 1953 another local farmer took it over on a share crop arrangement, where the family got a share of the profits. It was leveled and large wells dug to irrigate it. Initially sugar beets were grown.
Now crops include tomatoes, alfalfa, wheat, sunflowers, peppers, beans, lupin.

See historical notes at our genealogy page cafamilies.org

Income
Year Income return/
acre
return Land
Value/acre*
2014 $118,000 $384 3.2% $11,889
2015 $108,767 $354 2.7% $13,188
2016 $87,690 $286 2.0% $14,629
2017 $90,355 $294 1.8% $16,227
2018 $99,065 $323 1.8% $18,000
Average $100,775 $328 2.3%
* Value per acre is based on the average annual increase of 11% from the 2003 appraisal ($3,800/acre) to a conservative $18,000/acre current value.
See land prices below.
† 2014 income is approximate based on my share.

 
Fields

Wells: 
1. 1953  40 HP
2. 1953  75 HP 1,470 gpm  
3. 2008 100 HP 16" 470 ft
Fld 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1 Tomato Tomato Sunflower Tomato Beans Sunflower
2 Tomato Tomato Sunflower Tomato Pepper Sunflower
3 Tomato Sunflower Tomato Lupin Sunflower Tomato
4 Tomato Sunflower Tomato Beans Sunflower Tomato
5 Sunflower Pepper Tomato Sunflower Tomato Pepper
6 Sunflower Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa
7 Beans Tomato Sunflower Tomato Lupin Sunflower
8 Beans Sunflower Tomato Pepper Sunflower Tomato
9 Sunflower Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa
 
Acres
yr Tomatoes Alfalfa Sunfowers Peppers Beans Lupin
2014 151 99 34
2015 98 70 87 29
2016 116 70 98
2017 98 70 29 19 31 37
2018 29 70 87 38 45 15
2019 87 70 98 29
Tomatoes are the staple crop. Price fluctuations are mainly due to the price of peppers from year to year.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Dustin and Bill for information included above.


Tax Parcels and Legal Description
Assessment 2018/19:
Parcel Acres Land Improve-
ments
Total Tax
#1 0111-060-10 36.07 $84,859 0 $84,859 $490
#2 0111-060-09 114.81 $280,595 $102,528 $383,123 $2,196
#3 0110-180-10 156.38 $382,192 $6,145 $388,459 $2,226
Total 307.26 $856,441 $4,421

Parcel 0111-060-10 is where the old house and barns were located.

Description on Deeds:

  1. E. ½ of the NE ¼ of Section 4, Township 7 N., Range 2 E.
  2. W. ½ of the NE ¼ of Section 4, Township 7 N., Range 2 E.
  3. SE. ¼ of Section 33 Township 8 N., Range 2 E.

Note this description, which is on deeds, is wrong and inconsistent with parcels in the assessors map. The correct descriptions are:

Parcel 1 - The NE quarter of the NE quarter of Section 4, Township 7 North, Range 2 East, Mount Diablo base and meridian. (parcel map)

Parcel 2 - The W half and the SE quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 4, Township 7, North, Range 2 east, mount Diable base and meridian. (parcel map)

Parcel 3 - The SE quarter of Section 33, Township 8 N., Range 2 E., Mount Diablo base and meridian. (parcel map)

Source: Solano County - View Online Property Information



The soil in this area is the highest quality class 1 & 2.
General rules in the Tremont area per Dustin Timothy:
Higher ground usually better (houses were built there)
Further north, closer to Putah Creek is better.
Although the map shows all of fields 4 and 9 (South) as class 2, the south west (field 4) is better.

Source:
- Custom Soil Resource Report for the Sikes Ranch provided by - NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service - USDA.
- USDA Service Center Locator 810 Vaca Valley Parkway Vacaville CA - (707) 448-0106
- Web Soil Survey | websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Science Division | www.nrcs.usda.gov/

See Ranch Details for more.


Timothy Farming
The ranch is leased to Timothy Farming.
8290 Runge Rd., Dixon, CA 95620
Land Prices 2016-2018
Sold:
8676 Robben Rd. Dixon, CA - 34 acres farm land
Sold 2016 $555,000 - $16,000/acre
Sold 2018 $1,325,000 - $39,000/acre

Co Rd 27 & Rd 89 Winters 2018 80 acres $1,360,000 $17,000/acre

For Sale:
7689 Becker Rd., Dixon, CA (north of Sikes Ranch) 171 acres - $3,925,000 - $23,000/acre

8288 Runge Rd, Dixon Timothy shops - 317 acres - listed at $6,700,000 - $21,000/acre (It's under contract. Sold for less than that but Dustin didn't know how much.)

Liberty Island Ranch 8 miles south on Sikes Rd. - house and 80 acres
2 3 Bdrm homes, large metal bldg., class 3 soil, Bass pond, domestic well, district water - $1,750,000 - $12,500/acre excluding houses.

Almonds:
See Tom's Almond Growing Folder on Google Drive


Contacts:
Agriculture and Horticulture Programs - University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Solano - Capitol Corridor
  2009 Land Rental Rate Survey Results
Cost Studies - UC Davis Agricultural & Resource Economics
California Tomato Growers Assn. (CTGA)
Solano County Crop Reports | Ag Commissioner Fairfield 707 784-1310
USDA Service Center - Farm Service Agency (FSA) Solano - Napa Co. - Vacaville 707 448-0106
FSA Newsletter
Note Both Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Conservation Servies have moved from Dixon to Vacaville.

Solano County Farm Bureau
Landowners Guide To Leasing Land for Farming - Land For Good
USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has information on farm rates, but all I could find was Sunflowers.


Tremont History and Sikes Ranch history in CAfamilies.org