Many Minnesota farmers using groundwater to irrigate their crops have failed to apply for and receive permits that state law requires for high-capacity pumping, Minnesota Public Radio reported on Monday, April 7. MPR said evidence indicates that more than 200 of the high-capacity irrigation wells drilled between 2008 and 2012 are being used without the … Read more MPR: Many irrigators lack required permits
A warming worldwide climate already has been predicted to significantly cut global production of corn, soybeans, wheat and rice by the end of this century. Now new research suggests food production could be further curtailed by water shortages that would end the irrigation of 50 million to 150 million acres. Read a ScienceDaily article about the … Read more Climate, water and food
Irrigation, which transformed agriculture in Kansas into a much more profitable industry decades ago, now is starting to exhaust the groundwater that fed the change. Read, or listen to, a National Public Radio report on the pumping and efforts to constrain it and preserve the High Plains Aquifer.
Today’s New York Times has a compelling article on big drops in water levels in the High Plains Aquifer that farmers rely on for irrigation in a huge swath of land stretching from Wyoming down to Texas. Some Kansas farmers who have been raising corn are having to switch to less water-intensive, less profitable, crops … Read more Water shortages — In Kansas and China
The Pioneer Press this week published a fine series of articles on Minnesota’s groundwater. Read reporter John Brewer’s lead article on the sustainability issue. Read a column by outdoor writer David Orrick on why outdoor enthusiasts should care about the dependence of lakes and streams on groundwater sources, another article on outstate water woes, and … Read more Take time to read Pioneer Press groundwater articles
Irrigation of farms has increased in Minnesota and across the United States over the last five years, and the pumping of groundwater for irrigation has increased faster. That’s according to a new survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and water appropriations data from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Between 2003 and 2008, … Read more Irrigation increases in U.S. and in Minnesota
The cost — in terms of health care — of fossil fuels. A looming battle in California over desalination. The demands irrigators make on the Colorado River’s waters. Check out these articles and more, then follow the links to read them in their entirety where they originally were published. Fossil fuels add billions in health … Read more Health costs of fossil fuels; irrigation's demand