Yellow Almond Trees More Widespread?

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Some growers are seeing yellow almond trees in their orchard as we move into spring. U.C. Cooperative Extension advisors in both Fresno and Merced counties said growers have called them about the issue. “When we see yellow almond trees in the spring, it’s often tied to too wet of soils,” Tree Nut Farm Advisor David Doll said. The color of …

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Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

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Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously …

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Snowpack’s Water Content Remains Far above Average

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With every monthly measurement of the California snowpack this winter, the state’s rebound from the previous five years of drought becomes more evident. The electronic readings from 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada show an average statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) of 45.8 inches, or 164 percent of the historical average for March 30 (27.9 inches).

Application Period for Water Storage Projects

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Water Storage Investment Program Regulations Approved by California Office of Administrative Law The California Water Commission (Commission) announced today that starting March 14, 2017, proponents of new water storage projects in California may submit applications for funding of public benefits under the water bond approved by California voters in 2014. 

FCFB: No Water Announcement Is ‘Completely Unacceptable’

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Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) issues statement on water supply for county’s federal water contractors Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen: “Mother Nature has provided a bountiful precipitation season-one that will be near the top of the record books. After the historic five-year drought, the snowpack and rain are a tremendous blessing to an agricultural industry hammered by the critical water …

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NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

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Groundwater Pumping Causes Subsidence, Damages Water Infrastructure New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence documented since 2014 by …

State Water Project Allocation Increased

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As winter storms continue to fill reservoirs and boost the snowpack, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 45 to 60 percent of most requests. “Our water supply outlook is definitely brighter, but we still haven’t shaken off the effects of our historic drought,” said DWR Acting Director …

Helping Arizona Wheat Growers Maximize Resources

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By Dennis O’Brien, USDA Agriculture Research Service Maximizing yields while using as little water and fertilizer as possible is a top priority for Arizona wheat growers. Challenged by diminishing water supplies and rising fertilizer costs, growers know the exact amounts of water and fertilizer to use is critical. Using too much is not only costly, but can become useless as …

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Water Action Plan Progress Highlighted

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Considerable Progress of 2016 Detailed in New Report A new report from several California agencies tracks the significant progress made in 2016 toward achievement of the California Water Action Plan – progress that builds the reliability and resiliency of our water resources. The report released today highlights the achievements of 2016, the third year that state agencies have been coordinating …

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Food Safety Rules Challenge Farmers on Several Fronts

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Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce rules, according to Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Ehart spoke to farmers and ranchers from …

State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

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Storms Dent, Don’t End Drought With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests. “This winter’s wet start gives us hope we’ll be able to keep increasing the State Water Project allocation,” said DWR Director Mark …