Crop irrigation has boomed in Minnesota in the past few years, increasing land values and raising yields for corn, soybeans and other crops. But hundreds of Minnesota farmers appear to be irrigating cropland without the state permits required to use large volumes of public water.
In a dry year, some farmers in the region are designing sub-surface tile drainage systems to use as sub-surface irrigation, and some soon will be able to control and monitor their pumps from smart phones and other computers.
LOS ANGELES — Conservationists and other groups have filed a lawsuit accusing California officials of allowing companies to control and profit from a massive publicly financed water bank near Bakersfield.
LINCOLN, Neb. — An irrigation pioneer will give the University of Nebraska one of the largest donations in its history to create what officials say could be the world’s premiere institute for studying the use of water for agriculture.
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