From 1979-1981, Merle was a mortgage lender for Tippett Land & Mortgage Co. as a representative for Connecticut General Life Insurance. He has participated, operated and later owned Booker Auction Co from 1975 to present. Also a long time farmer in the Columbia Basin, Merle is a member of numerous organizations and a key supporter of the Columbia Basin Jr Livestock program.
Following 30 years of auction successes, in 2006 Merle completed the Eltopia marketing facility just north of Pasco, WA, where the company is headquartered and his progeny have assumed the day to day auction coordination operations.
Throughout the year, Merle enjoys flying his airplane, taking helicopter lessons and researching possible real estate sales, cleanups and solutions for potential sellers.
Yakima County Irrigated Farm Land
14050 Pumphouse Road, White Swan WA
478 Gross Acres farm land
This property has frontage on Pumphouse Road, and is easily accessible to other county roads and Interstate 82.
Farm Service Agency aerials indicate the following field sizes
- 338.01 Ac. Under Circle Irrigation
- 101.66 Ac. Other fields of which approximately 60 acres are irrigated with solid set
Circles in excellent condition with installation dates from 2004 – 2013
- 3 Valley Model 800 (3, 5 and 6 tower)
- 4 T-L (3, 6 tower and 1, 5 tower)
Soils are primarily comprised of high quality Warden, Shano and Esquatzel silt loams
The farm is within the Wapato Irrigation District and has the following water rights
- 238 A rights $79/year
- 200 B rights $85/year
- Additional 50 acres of “rental” rights