NEWS
Fixer-Upper Farms - 2
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Tue Sep 11, 2012 06:52 AM CDT

INDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) -- Even before the 2012 drought, irrigation was infiltrating the Eastern Corn Belt -- and not just in established $10,000/acre regions like the seed corn and vegetable farms of northern Indiana.

Rick Murdock, a farmer in Murray, Ky., was so convinced irrigation was the wave of the future, he signed up to be an irrigation equipment dealer. He sold his first pivot in February and has since sold two more systems. In August, his phone didn't stop ringing. "We have 30 quotes out for irrigation systems right now," he said recently.

In a year like this, irrigation ...

Quick View
  • The New Dicamba At an event exhibiting the company's soon-to-arrive Dicamba-tolerant soybean trait, Monsanto repr...
  • Rates Too Low Too Long Discounted interest rates have led to unintended consequences in land values, a shortage of funds...
  • Center Pivots Take a Beating Severe storms in mid-June have damaged hundreds of center pivot irrigation systems in Nebraska al...
  • "Easy Money Times Over" Feeding the world population won't be as hard as expected over the next decade some experts forec...
  • A Hunger for High-Tech The Gruhlkey brothers of Wildorado, Texas, are using technology and thoughtful cropping choices t...
  • Clearing the Air EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a group of agribusiness representatives that her agency want...
  • No More Outlaw Vets Veterinarians can start breathing a little easier now when they go to work, without the fear that...
  • Ask the Vet My vet diagnosed anaplaz and I've never heard of that.
Related News Stories
Rates Too Low Too Long
President Signs WRRDA Bill
Ag's Great Affluenza - 9
Woodbury: Family Business Matters