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Corn Grows Where the Water Flows
Mon Dec 23, 2013 02:16 PM CST

The water situation here is my biggest concern," says Greg Chavez, a 38-year-old producer from Hereford, Texas, as he drives along a field edge, intermittently stopping to check for skips and seed depth as his employees plant corn. "We're trying to conserve all we can."

Where Chavez has put down roots -- in the Texas Panhandle -- corn doesn't stand a chance unless it receives water, and normally a lot of it, through irrigation. This certainly has been true in recent years. Rain in the growing season was measured in single digits in ...

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