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An irrigation pivot sits in a field Friday morning, four miles south of Mitchell. (Chris Huber/Republic)

Dry conditions spark busiest irrigation permit year since 2001

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KIMBALL -- Even during the driest months of last year's drought, water fell on Rod Larsen's crops. Larsen, 63, farms corn, beans, wheat, hay and sunflowers, and feeds about 4,000 cattle with his three sons on land north of Kimball.


They installed their first pivot irrigation system two years ago and installed three more last year.

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