(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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