water use http://kbia.org en Water blues and prison maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/water-blues-and-prison-maintenance-blues <p>Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:32:02 +0000 Kristofor Husted 22232 at http://kbia.org Water blues and prison maintenance blues Water resources are stretched http://kbia.org/post/water-resources-are-stretched <div class="article-body">Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top.<br><p>And that Irrigation infrastructure came in handy this summer. <a href="http://cropwatch.unl.edu/web/cropwatch/archive?articleID=4987106">A University of Nebraska Lincoln study</a>found the drought could shrink corn yields by 40 percent this year in dryland fields in Iowa. But yields for irrigated corn in Nebraska may end up only 8 percent lower than expected.</p><p>“We’ve been hearing reports over 200 (bushels/acre). Probably a lot of guys are hoping for 185-200. That’d be very good,” said Gib Kelly, who traveled from the north -central Nebraska town of Page to look at the newest irrigation equipment at the annual Husker Harvest Days farm show in Grand Island, Neb.</p><p>But irrigation has its limits. There were times over the hot summer months when Mark Scott’s groundwater wells couldn’t keep up.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:19:52 +0000 Grant Gerlock 22225 at http://kbia.org Water resources are stretched Water use on the rise in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/water-use-rise-columbia <p>Columbia Water and Light says its customer&rsquo;s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.</p><p>The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there&rsquo;s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:13:02 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17226 at http://kbia.org Water use on the rise in Columbia