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 …
Everett Griner talks about California drenched buy much needed rain in today’s Agri View.
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.
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.
Drought Continues Despite Early-Season Rainfall Still early in California’s rainy season, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its initial water allocation for 2017 of 20 percent of the requests by the 29 public agencies served by the State Water Project (SWP). Winter storms in coming months may boost today’s initial 2017allocation, but California’s deep drought lingers. “October’s storms and …
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 11 percent of the contiguous United States is under what it calls “severe, extreme, or exceptional” drought.
I know that sometimes, I am incredibly naive. I tend to trust that people mean what they say. I tend to believe that politicians may seem wrong-headed but they have the best interests of the people at heart; that people are basically reasonable and with the right information will make the right choice.
Getting an accurate evapostranspiration rate for locations in your production can be an important practice in surviving the prolonged drought in California.
Among the controversial topics currently surrounding California agriculture is the twin tunnel project. President and CEO of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, Roger Isom, says he sees some possible positive outcomes from the project.
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 …
Cathy Isom tells us about some plants that can make your garden thrive with very little water. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours.
The cons definitely outweigh the pros, but some good things come from extreme weather patterns like this drought and a lot of money has been devoted to it.
Conservation will likely be a regular practice for California’s water future even when changes come to the water system. Challenges continue again this year despite an increase in precipitation this winter, and groups say updates are needed.
A California drought will always be a possibility and it’s truly amazing what the state produces agriculturally with its climate challenges.
Many would think that California is a leader in drought research but that isn’t the case. Kearney Agriculture Research and Extension Center Director Jeff Dahlberg says until recently, drought hasn’t been a focus for research in the state.