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 ...

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