Converting to Dryland Farming


Southwest Kansas farmer Steve Arnold had been a big irrigator with ten wells, numerous pivot irrigation systems and four-wheel-drive tractors. Then, his wells ran dry. The Ogallala Aquifer failed him. Arnold converted to dryland farming, adopted precision farming equipment and practices, and is using no-till and cover cropping.

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This is Playa Country — a weekly look at the wildlife, wetlands and prairies of the western Great Plains, and the people who manage them — brought to you by Playa Lakes Joint Venture, an organization dedicated to conserving birds and bird habitat.

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Original broadcast: March 2014

Posted: March 16, 2014
Topics: Landowner Stories, Ogallala Aquifer Initiative, Soil Health