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SHOT 5/21/2003 - Despite concerns over the ongoing drought and an ever decreasing water supply, farmers in Rocky Ford have gone ahead with planting this year although on a somewhat scaled back basis. Ranch hand Juan Abala of Manzanola clears an obstruction blocking the flow of water in one of the furrows that irrigate a field of oats on the property of Rocky Ford rancher and farmer Vernon John Proctor. Proctor, like many of the farmers in the Arkansas Valley, uses siphon tubes, furrows and gravity to carry the water across the field allowing it to gradually soak into the soil. It is an age-old and extremely labor intensive method that isn't as efficient as some of the newer methods such as drip tape. Proctor scaled back his planting considerably this year because, "the memory of last year is still too fresh in our minds". .(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2003)

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SHOT 5/21/2003 - Despite concerns over the ongoing drought and an ever decreasing water supply, farmers in Rocky Ford have gone ahead with planting this year although on a somewhat scaled back basis. Ranch hand Juan Abala of Manzanola clears an obstruction blocking the flow of water in one of the furrows that irrigate a field of oats on the property of Rocky Ford rancher and farmer Vernon John Proctor. Proctor, like many of the farmers in the Arkansas Valley, uses siphon tubes, furrows and gravity to carry the water across the field allowing it to gradually soak into the soil. It is an age-old and extremely labor intensive method that isn't as efficient as some of the newer methods such as drip tape. Proctor scaled back his planting considerably this year because, "the memory of last year is still too fresh in our minds". .(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2003)