Farmers in Kansas are starting to adapt to declining stocks of groundwater

Outlet: The Economist

September 26, 2013

MITCHELL BAALMAN’S well is drying up. This is bad news for a farmer of thirsty crops in parched north-western Kansas. Four years ago Mr Baalman and other local farmers realised that unless they started saving water there might not be enough left for their children and grandchildren to irrigate the soil. So they are trying something new: voluntarily cutting back on the amount they use, even though they will grow less.