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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist: Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. In Sheridan County, farmers managed to slash irrigation by 20 percent without taking a punch in the wallet, according to a new economic analysis.
The wells in Sheridan County sip from the Ogallala Aquifer, an underground lake that stretches from South Dakota to Texas. It happens to be rapidly depleting.

“I’d rather irrigate 10 inches a year for 30 years than put on 30 inches for 10 years,” farmer Roch Meier told Kansas Agland. “I want it for my grandkids.”