National Drought Mitigation Center

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Drought more than halved farmers' revenue in Sanpete County, Utah
10/26/2018 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Sanpete County, UT

Start Date: 6/1/2018 - End Date: 10/24/2018
Drought reduced revenue for some Sanpete County farmers by more than half as snowpack from last winter promised little water for crop irrigation during the 2018 growing season. Farmers say they cannot survive another year like 2018. One Centerfield farmer planted just 30 acres of small grains, rather than the typical 3,200 acres of corn and alfalfa because he did not have enough water to irrigate. A cattle and hay producer reported that business profits for the farm were down nearly 70 percent after abandoning several hay fields and dealing with water shortages that adversely affected his cattle. Abc4 (Salt Lake City, Utah), Oct. 24, 2018