ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico's monsoon got off to a strong start with nearly 3 inches of rain in Albuquerque, but things have been sluggish so far in August with farmers starting to feel the effects.
The National Weather Service reports just above a quarter-inch of rain for the first days of August.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that is about a half-inch below average.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District depends on rainfall for water for irrigation and has already started curtailing deliveries to farmers with low priorities for water.
The curtailment is expanding to deliveries to additional non-Indian farmers.
Pueblo irrigators have higher priorities for river water because their rights are older.
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