Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Thomas Buschatzke says the Grand Canyon State is not in a “water crisis,” thanks to a century-plus of planning which has helped conserve the ‘liquid gold’ amid rapid population and economic growth.
Yet Arizona’s water pendulum is swinging closer to an official shortage tied to prolonged drought in the Colorado River basin and more promises of the same....More
AGCO Corporation announces its new SOLO AGCO EDITION unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Utilizing intuitive mission planning and cloud-based, high-resolution mapping software, the UAV is easy to use and can increase farmers' efficiency....More
Interis, Inc. has partnered with Conservis Corp. to integrate Iteris' ClearAg Visualization Components and Advisory Services into Conservis' next-generation farm management information system (FMIS) platform.
Conservis' FMIS platform manages more than $8 billion of farm assets at all stages of production, providing growers with real-time management including planning, purchasing, planting, harvesting, and marketing control....More
The July 16 passage of H.R. 2898 - the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 (HR 2898) - is a positive step toward legislation that could bring common sense to supply water and protect listed species, according to the Westlands Water District (WWD).
The district says the legislation demonstrates the possibility to advance legislation that can balance the needs of people and the environment....More
2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May's subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.
The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.
Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year’s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop....More
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.
The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard....More
There is truth to comments made in recent months implying that California agriculture’s voice on water use during the mega drought has not been heard by intended receivers. Yet agriculture’s vocal cords and keystrokes are finally reaching the eyes and ears of the John Q. Public and mainstream media....More
On a warm, sunny afternoon in late April, University of California Cooperative Extension Viticulture-Soils Farm Advisor Mark Battany guided the GMC pick-up truck across hilly, drought-parched pasture near Paso Robles on the Central Coast.
The truck moved slowly – dodging a gopher hole – to reach a new state-of-the-art weather station which extended 35-feet skyward on land owned by the J. Lohr Winery....More