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Irrigation saving farmers during drought

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brad Kenedy, program specialist for the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District, pictured left, discusses end-jet settings for center pivot irrigation units with area farmers near Bertrand during the District's irrigation tour Tuesday. Also pictured from left are Brad Pobst, private lands conservationist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and Darin Gant, district conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

SIKESTON -- Record-breaking dryness in Southeast Missouri has also meant earlier -- and more frequent -- use of irrigation for local farmers.

"It has been busy," Jerry Whittington, manager of Mid-Valley Irrigation in Charleston. "We stay busy most summers, but this one has been a little bit unusual."

Whittington said they started irrigating corn earlier than usual -- around May 1.

"We usually don't start until June, and, of course, it's been nonstop. The season has been busier but also longer," Whittington said.

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