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IRRIGATION IN NEBRASKA.

Issue 8 and Volume 30.

IRRIGATION IN NEBRASKA. The State Engineer of Nebraska has published an interesting report on irrigation. There are in the State 8,924 miles of irrigating canals, which have cost 14,778,084, and water 1,698,831 acres. One mile of canal irrigates 433 acres of ground, and the cost of the mile of canal is $1,216, while the increased value of the land is estimated at an even ten dollars an acre for the whole State. The cost of the canals per acre is less than $3; it is very littlo more than a quarter of the estimated increase in the value of the land attributed to a permanent water supply. This indicates that the profits from an irrigation system may be divided between the capitalist and the landowner, and also the tenant, where the laud is leased, and be very satisfactory to each. Where water supplies are remote, or the topography is adverse,…

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