The water situation will affect which crops are grown the valley, Tonso said. Alfalfa and some other grains need more water than potatoes, but that doesn’t mean potato acreage will go up if plantings of those crops declines.
“There will not be more potatoes grown in the valley next year,” he said.
Most growers made it through the 2012 season with enough water, but the future is a different story, said Steve Tillman, manager of Monte Vista Potato Grower Co-op Association, Monte Vista.
“Water will be the issue over the next five years.”