Like water for hay

Outlet: Durango Herald

June 8, 2011

The hay on John Baughman’s ranch north of Elmore’s Corner is poking 6 to 8 inches out of the ground. But the hay, a perennial that sprouts anew on its own, was about as high as it was going to get last week from natural precipitation. So Baughman turned on his center pivot to irrigate, using ponds he fills with water from a ditch off the Florida River that serves area stockmen and farmers…

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