Drought Good for Some Businesses
Irrigation companies profiting from drought
Omaha, NE - Whether watering a crop or simply your front yard, irrigation businesses are seeing an economic boost as a result of the drought.
The drought has hurt farmers, landscaping companies, and has forced some ethanol plants to temporarily shut down. But a couple businesses are actually benefiting from the extremely dry conditions.
"We've done a 30% increase in service work, double on new installations of sprinkler systems - people are needing to water and they're calling us," Elliott Moore said. Moore's Irrigation says crews are working 50 hours a week and there's a two to three day wait for service.
A Moore Irrigation employee adjusted the sprinkler system at a local business Thursday. The grass at Nebraska Machine Products is a lot greener than their neighbor's grass just across the street. "It's putting down the right amount of water, at the right time when it's needed so it is a money-saving thing in the end," Moore said.
The same holds true for many corn crops in Fremont. Pivots work constantly to save struggling crops. Because of the stress on the pivot, companies like Petersen AG systems are keeping busy and cashing in fixing one pivot after the other.
"A lot of calls coming in and those crews were always busy, there's never that there wasn't anything to do and we'd get backlogged where customers would have to wait 3-4 days for us to get there which is unusual," Henry Aschoff said.
Despite the profit, irrigation businesses say their customers could use some rain to help the save money.