A fat snowpack: Farmers should have water through October

A fat snowpack: Farmers should have water through October

What a difference a year makes
“Whether we have water or not, we try to keep costs down. We’re trying to make farming not just a lifestyle but a business,” says Chris Neely, who farms near Yellow Jacket in Montezuma County.
With a full irrigation allotment likely this year, Chris Neely is looking to get three cuttings on his father’s and his 500 acres of alfalfa.
Chris Neely, who plants about 80% of the 1,200 acres he farms with his father with alfalfa, loads a semitrailer with what remains from last year’s crop for transport to Texas.
J.C. Bragewitz, foreground, said he comes every year to transport alfalfa hay from either the Dolores River Basin or the San Luis Valley to dairies in Texas. Hay grown at high elevation is nutrient-dense and is sought by Texas and New Mexico dairies.
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