Individual farmers and ranchers living through California’s drought crisis understand the real economic impact of the last three years of minute precipitation on the state’s $42 billion food, fiber, and fuel industry.
This year, producers have experienced evaporating watering holes, witnessed the removal of highly productive citrus trees yanked from the drought-cracked soil, made tough fallowed land decisions for annual crops, and nut trees which have weathered better years, water wise....More
California farmers may be known for many things; early adoption of conservation tillage practices is not one of them.
Drought could be changing all that for some as there appears to be interest in growing silage corn using strip-till methods. California’s reliance on silage corn to feed its large dairy herd requires significant acreages, and with it, ample water....More
Westside growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere of Firebaugh, Calif. focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District....More
Westside (Calif.) growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District.
The best moisture soil sensor in the world is you and a shovel and a good boot, digging a hole and going down into the root zone. Yet that is not practical with large acreages so producers are turning to sensors....More
A change of scenery is always nice, particularly during Central California’s dog days of summer.
I recently got to re-explore the land of exceptional alfalfa hay, horseradish and potatoes, otherwise known as northeastern California. This region can easily be forgotten for its agricultural production if all one focuses on is the high-value counties in the center of the state....More