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  1. #1
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    Default Water shortage in almonds

    This does not sound good for the almonds or the pollinators. Has anyone experienced any fallout from water being cut off to almonds?

    Now farmers are relying on dwindling groundwater supplies and keeping their fingers crossed for 10 percent of their water allotments. Last week a coalition of farmers and urban water users filed a lawsuit claiming that state officials overstepped their authority by approving another round of potential cuts.

    The valley produces 80 percent of the world's almonds. But grower Shawn Coburn has held off spending $350,000 to fertilize his 1,000 acres this month because he fears he will not have enough water for a 2009 crop.

    "If you like foreign oil, you're going to love foreign food," he scoffed.

    This month, the government could further restrict water deliveries during the drought and that would mean crop loans would be harder to get.

    http://www.ajc.com/business/content/...id=inform_artr

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    Default H2o

    Reservoirs are down due to last years' drought. Current projections are based on current supplies. The thing is, Calif has not entered it's rain season yet. The greater likliehood is that there will be at least normal precip this year and water supplies will improve. There are many more projections of supply yet to come. No orchards are being pushed out due to water availability.

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    As Tom points out, too soon to tell. We have almost a foot of snow here this morning in the mountains with more on the way. There is plenty of time, and as every pollinator knows, it will certainly start raining heavily when the word comes to start moving into the almonds

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    We got 18 ins of snow and more on the way today and it's coming from your neck of the woods so it is anyones guess as to how much moisture hits the ground....though I have found in ag that everyone always focuses on the worst case. Next it will be too much rain.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    You guys are not getting the whole story. Even if we get a wet year, CA will be cut back by 65% of normal water supply. One judge, Wager, ruled that the pumps to the aquaduct be shut down in the spring to aid the survival of a tiney smelt. The aquaduct pumps move the water to storage resevoirs for later summer use. Now the Dept. of Fish and Game says a second smelt, long finned smelt, needs to be put on the endangered list. The way to save it is to shut down more pumps. This could lower the water supply going south to 15% of normal. To understand the scale of these pumps, they pump 10 million gallons per hour. This water also supplies water for 29 million people in southern CA. City water pervayors will pay 10 times what farmers pay for water. Almond growers can not pay $ 3000.00 per acre for water. Something the original article in this link left out is that there are already 55,000 farm workers unemployed because of this years water cut back of 35% allocation.

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    Idiots!!
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha6 View Post
    Idiots!!
    i agree. anyone who would live down there and expect to have water fits the comment
    all that is gold does not glitter

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    Big Grin

    Quote Originally Posted by stangardener View Post
    i agree. anyone who would live down there and expect to have water fits the comment
    Yeah, and anyone who make's bee supply & almond perdictions fits that comment.

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    Start building that pipe this way, I have got water to sell you!
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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