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Apr 14, 2014 5:58 PM by Matt Prichard

Pueblo farmers growing optimism

Snow pack giving farmers in Pueblo their first look at a great growing season in over a decade.

"Well it's finally starting to help us back out. With the snow pack up in the mountains, and a few little snow storms down here, it's very beneficial to us," said Pueblo farmer, Joe Mauro. 

Optimism starting to bloom both inside the farming community and out as agricultural economists say it's certainly a step in the right direction. 

"This year we have great snow pack, finally! We're at average or around there, and that will help the irrigated farmers tremendously to provide the water they need for irrigation," said UCS Agricultural Economists, Jeff Tranel. 

But those that farm out on the plains are still stuck in drought conditions, even with the extra water.

"That subsoil is so dry, and so deep into that subsoil. That we still need a tremendous amount of moisture yet in those dry-land, non-irrigated areas," said Tranel.

Regardless irrigated farmers say they're thankful for what they've been given, and are focusing on this year before starting to worry about the next.

 

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