More on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer

Here’s more on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer from Paradeep, one of the regular contributors to the blog.

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2 Responses to More on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer

  1. Pradeep 25 September, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    Thanks Simon!

  2. Kolby 26 September, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    Two major crops of that area are corn and cotton. As we all have heard (maybe too much), a considerable quantity of the corn is consumed for ethanol production. By growing switch grass in place of corn, less water would be need to be sucked up from the aquifer. Switch grass (panicum virgatum) is a native prairie grass to that region and requires far less water. In regards to cotton, hemp should be grown. Again, less water would be required to produce an economically valuable crop. And, hemp isn’t the coarse, scratchy fabric that it has the stigma of being. I personally have a pair of hemp underwear that are more than agreeable!

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