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Farmer goes underground with 'green' farming technique

In an effort to â??go greenâ?? and boost business, a local farmer is investing in a state of the art subsurface irrigation system.

In an effort to â??go greenâ?? and boost business, a local farmer is investing in a state of the art subsurface irrigation system.

Jacobâ??s Corn Maze sits off M-72 in Leelanau County.

Owners use their ten acre field to host a seasonal corn maze and generate animal feed.

It is good business, but one dry summer can be devastating to their livelihood.

Owner Steve Fouch said investing in a subsurface irrigation system offers peace of mind and will save more than 200,000 gallons of water each year.

â??There are two ways of irrigating. You can irrigate overhead, which means a lot of water, or you can do the trickle, which is the subterranean system we are putting in. It takes a lot less water and it goes right to the plantâ?¦less evaporates and itâ??s more efficient,â?? Fouch said.

The irrigation system cost approximately $10,000. Watch our full report above to learn more about the project.

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