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last updated 20 Mar 2022

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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, Arnold Collier, 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.

Acres
yr Tomatoes Alfalfa Sunfowers Peppers Beans LupinCornGrass HayAlmonds
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
2020 138 59 31 56
2021 96 90 98
2022 143 37 30 29 45
Tomatoes are the staple crop. Price fluctuations are mainly due to the price of peppers from year to year.


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 2020 2021 2022
1 Tomato Tomato Sunflower Tomato Beans Sunflower Tomato Silage Corn Almonds
2 Tomato Tomato Sunflower Tomato Pepper SunflowerTomato Silage Corn Tomato
3 Tomato Sunflower Tomato Lupin Sunflower TomatoCorn Tomatoes Sunflowers
4 Tomato Sunflower Tomato Beans Sunflower TomatoBeans Sunflowers Tomato
5 Sunflower Pepper Tomato Sunflower Tomato PepperSunflower Tomatoes Grass Hay
6 Sunflower Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa AlfalfaTomato Sunflowers Tomato
7 Beans Tomato Sunflower Tomato Lupin SunflowerTomato Silage Corn Tomato
8 Beans Sunflower Tomato Pepper Sunflower TomatoCorn Sunflowers Tomato
9 Sunflower Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa Alfalfa AlfalfaSunflower Tomatoes Corn



All fields but 9 have drip irrigation. Field 9 is pending our decision on almonds.

Legal Description:
See Legal Decription
NE quarter section of Section 33 Township 7N Range 2E
SE quarter section of Section 33 Township 8N Range 2E
























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


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