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Farmers Are Urged To Conserve Water

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The hot and dry weather is causing concern for Twin Falls Canal Company officials.

Even though you see water flowing through canals in the Magic Valley, that water is getting low.

Jay Proost is busy throughout the year growing crops for his business Proost Family Farms.

It’s a local fruit and vegetable stand. if he didn't have water, there would be no business.

"We have about 40-acres of vegetables that we raise here on the eastside of Twin Falls. We have about 35-shares of water that we use,” said Jay Proost, Proost Family Farms.

The heat and lack of rain have worsened conditions for Southern Idaho farmers.

"It's no secret that it has been hot and dry this summer and we didn't have a good snowpac. We are doing all we can to hold our 5/8's that we deliver to our farmers” said Brian Olmstead, Twin Falls Canal Company.

Twin Falls Canal Company officials are asking farmers to conserve water.

the reason is to save water for next year, if Idaho has another dry summer.

"What we are asking our stockholders as the combines run and take off the grain crop for the year, don't water that strudel for a month or so into September” said Olmstead.

Farmers have already used 80-thousand more acre-feet of water storage this year compared to last year.

"It's very tight I think we can make it through at 5/8's but, it will be by the hair on our chin to make it."

For Proost, a water shortage this time of year is critical.

"We plant an acre of sweet corn a week. Every acre we farm here needs to have water” said Proost.

Running a business off a key ingredient that is running short.


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