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Idaho Researcher: Farmers Benefit from Drought

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A researcher at the University of Idaho says farmers can benefit from droughts. Garth Taylor says droughts can be harsh on the farmers who are directly impacted, but as a whole, farmers benefit from droughts because they reduce production and drive prices higher, according to news organization The Capital Press. Taylor pointed out that during the most recent extended drought …

In South State, Lingering Drought Worries Farmers

Aria Wilcox Drought, Weather 0 Comments

Sometimes, it takes a dry sense of humor to deal with a years-long drought—especially when you’ve watched a wave of storms hammer Northern California and realize your end of the state is missing out. “Better rain dances” is what Ken Doty said he’d need to alleviate the parched conditions at his Goleta orchards, where he grows avocados and citrus.

drought leaves the grass dry and brown out in a farm field in central California

Economic Analysis of the 2016 CA Drought for Ag

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UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences by Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Richard E. Howitt, Daniel A. Sumner, and Jay R. Lund The drought continues for California’s agriculture in 2016, but with much less severe and widespread impacts than in the two previous drought years, 2014 and 2015.  Winter and spring were wetter in the Sacramento Valley, to the extent of …

Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture

Dan Drought, Industry News Release, Water 1 Comment

From: UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences (California Water Blog) by Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Richard E. Howitt, Daniel A. Sumner, and Jay R. Lund The drought continues for California’s agriculture in 2016, but with much less severe and widespread impacts than in the two previous drought years, 2014 and 2015.  Winter and spring were wetter in the Sacramento Valley, to the …

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Multi-Party Water Exchange Will Benefit Donner Lake

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Donner Lake Will Benefit from First Multi-Party Water Exchange under Truckee River Operating Agreement The Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) implemented in December 2015 provides new mechanisms for federal, states (California and Nevada), tribal and local agencies to address unique and challenging water management issues.  This week, parties to TROA exhibited flexibility and cooperation by agreeing to a series of …

SGMA BMP Survey Deadline Extended

Taylor Hillman Drought, Water 1 Comment

Best Management Practices (BMP) Survey Deadline Extended Thru August 8 The DWR Sustainable Groundwater Management Program has developed a BMP Survey to help rank initial BMP development for the sustainable management of groundwater basins. The survey is an opportunity for practitioners and members of the public to provide direct input on the BMPs considered of importance in their respective basins.

California Citrus Challenges: Water Tops HLB

Josh McGill Citrus, Drought, Water 0 Comments

By: Ernie Neff Asian citrus psyllids are detected sporadically in the San Joaquin Valley — home to most California oranges and mandarins — and are endemic in Southern California lemon country. But as far as anyone knows, the pests that spread HLB in Florida and Texas have not spread the disease into California’s commercial citrus groves. California HLB detections have …

UCCE Helps Hmong Farmers Weather Drought

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Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought 22 percent had wells run dry; 51 percent reported decreased water flow After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show last week, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to improve irrigation systems …