Farmers create system to store water ahead of summer months

Farmers create system to store water ahead of summer months

PRAIRIE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT/KARK) - Weather in Arkansas is causing a headache for some farmers, but some have created a backup plan to ensure a healthy harvest.

They’re using what Mother Nature has already given them to take care of their crops during dry summer months.

“It’s nice to be able to put the service water on the farm. It goes through the tailwaters. We pick it back up and we just continue to recycle,” farmer David Fielke told Little Rock television station KARK.

Fielke has built a self-sustaining water supply on his farm in Prairie County. It collects rain and when days become dry, the water is pumped back into his field to keep the crops growing.

He says creating the system isn’t cheap but it is worth it to keep the family business growing.

Fielke said that it can cost upwards of $250,000 to pump from a deep-water well.

But, the rain is free.

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