Thanks in part to above average rainfall coupled with conservation achieved by South Plains farmers, groundwater levels in the Ogallala Aquifer rose slightly over the past year in the High Plains Water District’s 16-county service area.
This time last year, we were getting so much rain that many farmers couldn’t even get into the field to plant their crops, and who could forget the December blizzard?
But we also must consider that farmers are the ultimate conservationists, and they want to use their water as efficiently as they can. Timing is everything, and a farmer would take a good rain at the right time over having to irrigate any day.
For Spotlight on Agriculture and Plains Cotton Growers, I’m Mary Jane Buerkle.
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