UPDATED: California crop losses could surpass $800 million - The Packer

UPDATED: California crop losses could surpass $800 million

07/16/2014 11:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

Wright said most growers are hoping for heavy rains this winter and that conditions will return to normal, but it takes time for aquifers to recharge.

Production of grapes this year may be hurt by the drought in terms of berry size, Stockton said. Using predominantly well water, growers have to deal more with salt and alkaline water than surface water from typical snowpack and runoff.

The big worry is for next season, he said.

“If we don’t get rain in this offseason, it is going to be catastrophic for 2015,” Stockton said. “There’s no way around it.”

 


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Alfred Nunez    
July, 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The state should promote better water management methods. It should restrict growers to drip irrigation when at all possible. It may be more expensive for the individual grower, but having water for future crops sure beats not having any.

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