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With little water, farmers consider new irrigation plans

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Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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JOE HESCOCK DEMONSTRATES the operation of a large traveling irrigation gun he is using on his Shoreham farm. The demonstration was part of a recent event sponsored by UVM Extension and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association that focused on irrigation systems for grazing fields. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

SHOREHAM — At 2 p.m. on a recent sunny afternoon, a group of 20 farmers stood around a giant metal reel, which pulled a hulking irrigation gun 1,300 feet toward them as it turned. The gun showered water onto the otherwise dry Elysian Fields, owned by Joe and Kathleen Hescock, which were certified organic in 1998.

The farmers were there to learn about something new for many of them — irrigating pastures where their cows graze.

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