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Magic Valley Farmer’s Irrigation Water Cut Off

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Irrigation water to several hundred farmers in Lincoln County has been cut off because of low water in Magic Reservoir. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that irrigation ended late last month for water users of the Big Wood Canal Co.

The reservoir is at 2.5 percent of its capacity of 200,000 acre feet. Water from the Big Wood River is now being diverted upstream to water users in the Bellevue Triangle. Carl Pendleton of the canal company says crop losses will likely be in the millions of dollars.

He says farmers were anticipating a short water year and avoided crops that bring in more money but require more water. But he says some farmers who didn’t plan appropriately could be put out of business.

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