COLUMBIA, Mo. (DTN) -- The skies delivered little rain to the dusty plains of Nebraska this year, so feedlot owner and farmer Chris Hayes looked underground instead.
"Irrigation saved us," said Hayes, who manages Hayes Feed Yard Inc. in Osceola, Neb., with his two brothers and farms on the side. "We never shut it off once we turned it on."
Of course, borrowing from the Ogallala aquifer doesn't come cheaply. "I just got some electric bills in the mail, but I haven't opened them yet," Hayes confessed.
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