What is in this article?:
- Agriculture especially vulnerable to California drought
- Almond challenges
- Agriculture will be especially vulnerable if, as forecast, little precipitation falls in the months ahead.
Federal and state water deliveries may be as low as zero and 5 percent, respectively, if significant rain and snowfall does not develop for the remainder of the season.
As for groundwater, when surface water supplies are limited, the natural need of almonds necessitates the move to groundwater. Increased groundwater pumping will only increase the present overdraft problems and accelerate the potential of ground subsidence. This trend will necessitate that almond growers/handlers remain actively engaged in current and future discussions and actions that address the imbalance between extractions and recharge. If regions are found to be inadequately addressing this imbalance, there is the strong likelihood of the state stepping in to intervene.
Whatever way you look at it, almond growers (no matter where they are in the state) are in for a challenging year ahead.
Irrigation management and drought strategies for almond production were included in a workshop at The Almond Conference in December. The presentation can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/DroughtStrategies.
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