Drought concerns continue to grow

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Drought concerns continue to grow

Southwest Colorado agriculture producers hope for relief but none is in sight
Adrian Baldarrama wheels irrigation pipe into place to water at the Oliver farm northwest of Cortez.
After staying up all night baling hay, Destry Daves discusses the drought at his farm northwest of Cortez.
Irrigation water sprays on a field of pinto beans northwest of Cortez. Farmers are worried that McPhee Reservior will be drained too much this year without more moisture.
Fourth generation farmer Dillon Daves worries about the amount of grass for his cows to graze on as the summer heats up.
Precipitation comparisons

Recorded precipitation rates for Cortez, in inches, for 2002, 2012 and a 30-year average.
2002 2012 Average
January 0 0.77 0.96
February 0.03 1.13 0.98
March 0.73 0.26 1.10
Apri 0.12 0.40 0.88
May 0.10 0.03 0.80
June 0.00

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Drought concerns continue to grow

Adrian Baldarrama wheels irrigation pipe into place to water at the Oliver farm northwest of Cortez.
After staying up all night baling hay, Destry Daves discusses the drought at his farm northwest of Cortez.
Irrigation water sprays on a field of pinto beans northwest of Cortez. Farmers are worried that McPhee Reservior will be drained too much this year without more moisture.
Fourth generation farmer Dillon Daves worries about the amount of grass for his cows to graze on as the summer heats up.
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