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 …
This weekend’s rains in Southern California – potentially the area’s largest rain event this decade – have potential to both improve water supplies and create flash flooding events. Rod Bain has the story.
Everett Griner talks about the possibilities of the drought continuing in 2017 in today’s Agri View.
Much of California moves away from drought conditions, although the continued precipitation now means greater risk of damaging floods.
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.
January has brought drenching rains to a majority of California. Some areas have seen four times the historical precipitation average. The recent storms are putting a dent in the state’s prolonged drought, but experts say more rain is probably needed.
Although some areas of the West have seen more rain than snow this wet season, the effect has been positive for the region’s water reservoirs. Rod Bain as the story.
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses the condition of mountain snowpack totals in the West over the last three months.
There could be agricultural implications if current forecasts for La Nina turn out to be true.
A national water bill with drought provisions for California was signed into law which means increased water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley and Southern California farms and businesses.
The FY17 Water Resources Development Act is now on the President’s desk, after passing both the House and the Senate late last week. The water bill includes drought relief legislation for California.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 11 percent of the contiguous United States is under what it calls “severe, extreme, or exceptional” drought.
Pine trees in California forests will die out and give way to brush and chaparral, forestry experts warn, unless agencies undertake what one analyst called a “massive effort” to reduce fuels and replant trees. Otherwise, the conversion to chaparral could further increase risk of wildfires and affect the state’s water supply.
Getting an accurate evapostranspiration rate for locations in your production can be an important practice in surviving the prolonged drought in California.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …