Idaho Researcher: Farmers Benefit from Drought

Dan Drought, Industry News Release 56 Comments

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 …


State Water Project Starts at 20 Percent

Dan Industry News Release, Water 2 Comments

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 …

California Citrus Challenges: Water Tops HLB

Josh McGill Citrus, Drought, Water 61 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

Dan Drought, Industry News Release, Water 49 Comments

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 …