irrigation http://kbia.org en Farmers look to do more with less water http://kbia.org/post/farmers-look-do-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:35:40 +0000 Luke Runyon 39294 at http://kbia.org Farmers look to do more with less water 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 Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers http://kbia.org/post/mo-drought-relief-program-totals-29m-farmers <p>A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:06:32 +0000 Associated Press 20146 at http://kbia.org