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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Sturdivant farm in Glendora saves energy, money by going electric

Mike Sturdivant III is no stranger to change. After five generations of growing cotton in Glendora, Mississippi, a nematode infestation on the cotton plants in the mid-1990s prompted the family to add corn to the cotton and soybean mix at Due West Plantation.

In addition to tweaking the farm’s crop rotation, Sturdivant and his four siblings recently changed the mix of technologies powering the water pumps used for irrigation. When a water recovery system required installation of new electric motors and upgrading from single-phase to three-phase electricity, the family decided to switch six of its diesel-powered units to electric motors.

The farm’s Entergy representative advised him that he could save money by switching the wells near the powerline from diesel to electric power. “The cost of running electric wells is much cheaper,” Sturdivant says, “even despite lower diesel prices.”

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