Navajo farm heads into week 2 with no irrigation

Posted at 9:06 AM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 13:59:32-04
The largest farm on the Navajo Nation had headed into a second week with no irrigation.
A decades-old concrete pipe broke May 13, cutting off water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry had just been planted.
Officials have pegged June 11 as the date to have repairs done with water flowing through a canal system days later. 
For now, they're holding out hope that the skies will stay cloudy and enough moisture will fall to sustain the plants in the desert.
The irrigation canal delivers water to the tribal farm from the San Juan River through Navajo Dam. Water that was in the canal when the pipe broke is being rationed.