Ogallala Aquifer continues to shrink in southwest Nebraska
April 27, 2023
Last summer, Imperial farmer Dirk Haarberg made the hard decision to let some of his milo crop die. The heat and the wind had proven too much and Haarberg needed to save water for his other cornfields.
Haarberg's water pumps also ran nonstop, he said during an interview, drawing more water than usual from the Ogallala Aquifer to feed the thirsty crops he was keeping alive.
"We don't overwater, but when it was as dry as it was last summer, there's not much you can do but just water 24 hours a day," said Haarberg.
Decades of irrigating in a relatively dry area has taken a toll on the groundw...