OMAHA (DTN) -- Long before severe to extreme drought gripped northern Colorado in 2012, Weld County, Colo., farmer Dave Eckhardt's farm was thirsty.
Rocky Mountain snowpack was just 12% of normal, irrigation was curtailed, and he had no choice.
Eckhardt had to scale back.
"We've idled 25% to 30% of our acres because of a lack of water," Eckhardt said. He typically grows corn, pinto beans, wheat, onions and sugar beets on about 3,700 acres.
"We've never done this because of a lack of water. It's definitely put a crimp in our ability to forward contract," he said.
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