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Irrigation requirements of Mint

Mint growers may not have many alternatives to consider. Water needs are critical most of the summer. If supplemental water is available from a well, by diversion from a less valuable crop, or by leasing, this may be enough, in combination with irrigation district water, to help produce a first cutting and keep the stand alive, or just to keep the stand alive. Growers with marginal stands may need to make the decision of not even trying to produce a crop if the available water is better used elsewhere, such as on a more valuable field. In a worst case scenario, growers with high value stands and no alternative water supplies will want to investigate the economics of digging the crop up and transplanting it to an area where water is available.

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