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Irrigation Takes Off In Noxubee County

Posted by Jennifer Ortega | July 09, 2012 / 03:18pm | Local News
NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) - With hot and dry conditions continuing throughout the week, some Northeast Mississippi farmers are turning to technology. "All I can say is it's how I live and I love it," says Farmer Jack Huerkamp.

Huerkamp bought his first irrigation system back in 1991. He wouldn't have it any other way. "I never wanna go back to being a dry land farmer again, I can tell you that for sure. You know, when we get dry like we are right now and even though it's not 100% watered, I'm about 70% of my acreage is actually watered right now, you know that other 30%, you can live with that," added Huerkamp.

 With irrigation systems being put in place, farmers don't need to worry about their crops receiving enough rainfall, investing in pivots like these has made all the difference in their harvests.

 Area Extension Agent Dennis Reginelli understands what farmers are up against. Irrigation systems can take a lot of the guess work out of farming. "Instead of having big gaps in rainfall, now we can put the timely rainfall with a center pivot and maximize our yields," says Reginelli. Irrigation has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. Stationary pivot units can make a complete circle around the acreage. One local farmer can't wait to get his new system up and running. "With irrigation were hoping to double the corn yields... as we look at the 5 year average we've seen a lot of crop losses due to dry weather and so were looking forward to having us being able to supplement these crops with some of this run off water," says farmer Jay Hoover.

Huerkamp credits his irrigation system with giving him a high yield capability. "It's made a difference between struggling and being able to be comfortable going in our incomes for sure," added Huerkamp. If it wasn't for newly irrigation systems farmers wouldn't be as fortunate with their yields.
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