Texas farmers watered crops knowing they wouldn't grow
POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 4:44pm
TEXAS — Last summer, during the height of the drought, West Texas farmers kept watering their cotton crops despite knowing they wouldn't grow. They needed to do so to qualify for federal crop insurance.
"It's as if you're watching a guy in the Sahara Desert pour out water," said Stewart Rogers, who manages a cotton farm near Lubbock. Farmers hate wasting a resource, he added, so "it just angers everybody, too."