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You are a vegetable farmer that has just inherited 10,000 acres of prairie land in Kansas. You need to come up with the most efficient way to irrigate the land so that you can grow 1,000 acres each of tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins, zucchini, eggplant, lettuce, onions, green peppers, carrots and sweet potatoes. The nearest surface water body is the Zebra river, 3 miles away. Groundwater is at a depth of 350 feet in sandstone. Average rainfall is 45 inches per year with about 1/2 lost due to evapotranspiration. Come up with an irrigation plan that will provide enough water to grow all of these crops in the most efficient manner.

 

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