High Plains growers must make limited irrigation water count

Early cotton bubbler
MAXIMIZING RETURN A MUST—Producers attending the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation field day were reminded that they should settle for no less than maximum production per inch of precious groundwater applied. Cotton such as this field being irrigated with LEPA drops, requires four inches of water to reach the stage to support yield and after that point can make 100 pounds of lint per inch, a payback in the range of $50 per inch. (Photo by Jim Steiert)
By Jim Steiert, BRAND Staff Writer
Should anyone doubt that the Ogallala aquifer has disappeared rapidly from local irrigation country over the past 60 years, a simple look back provides plenty of evidence. Login with your email address and password on the left to view the rest of this article. Not a subscriber? Subscribe online now.

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