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The Power of Water on the Western Leg

August 21, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

This year, crops will be classified as those with and without, water that is.


Yield estimates were all over the board for crop samples in South Dakota and Nebraska during the 2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.

Just outside of Grand Island, Neb., first-time crop scout Emily Flory and her team of scouts found a perfect example of the power of water. The field on the left is non-irrigated, the one on the right is. The irrigated field yield estimate was 190.5 bu./acre, the non-irrigated was 1.7 bu./acre.

irrigated field vs non

irrigated vs nonirrigated 


Flory describes the variability she saw in the field:



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