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Corn Production Threatening Our Water Supply

It's all about economics, as long as prices are as high as they are right now, farmers are going to pump all the water they can pump,"  Dr. B.A. Stewart with West Texas A&M University It's all about economics, as long as prices are as high as they are right now, farmers are going to pump all the water they can pump," Dr. B.A. Stewart with West Texas A&M University

Growing corn is quickly becoming a lucrative business.. But it could mean bad news for the people of the panhandle.

Farmers switching to corn are getting a bang for their buck.. But pumping several unanticipated gallons of water out of our supply. Many farmers say they switching over from cotton because of the high selling price. But it takes several inches more water to grow... Meaning our water supply could, some day, run dry.

Dr. B.A Stewart with West Texas A&M University says, "We are going to pump our water pretty fast. There's just no question about it. It's all about economics, as long as prices are as high as they are right now, farmers are going to pump all the water they can pump."

Here's a look at how crops compare when it comes to their water needs. Wheat mainly relies on mother nature for its water needs, but if it is a dry season, farmers can use up to 12 inches of water. Cotton is also around 12 inches, where as corn needs about 20 inches to grow.

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