Water issues creep up on Santa Maria growers - The Packer

Water issues creep up on Santa Maria growers

04/16/2014 12:54:00 PM
Mike Hornick

“There are some wells drying up in the hillside areas which may have a greater effect on wine grapes,” Scattini said. “But from what I hear, nobody’s curtailing plantings in this area for water reasons.”

Still, Gold Coast Packing is affected by what’s happening in the San Joaquin Valley.

“We’re concerned about transition periods around Thanksgiving or spring 2015,” Scattini said. “As the San Joaquin Valley growers face a zero water allocation, how many will be willing to plant broccoli, cauliflower and all that we use during those transitions? When they have to pull water from wells and prioritize what crops they use that water for, what will they do?”

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