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A Game of Inches
Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:38 PM CDT

Two projects on the dry Texas plains have tried producing 200-bushel corn with just 12 inches of water applied with center pivots. It didn't go well. After three years, farmers and scientists aren't counting on success, especially in extreme drought. But through their work, they're learning to use less water growing corn. And, in the long run, this is essential.

"We're looking for good things in the next couple of years," says Steve Walthour, general manager of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, in Dumas, Texas, which helped sponsor both projects. "If we ...

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