The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts fruit prices may rise as much as 6 percent this year, while vegetables may go up as much as 3 percent nationwide. In response, some clever Californians have decided to paint their lawns green. The California Drought The record lows in rainfall and highs in temperature California experienced between 2012 to 2016 plunged it into a severe drought, which then hurt its economy, especially the agriculture industry.

FYI, you can grab HTML code for our stories easily. This year, there had been 3,400 wildfires as of July 19, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. We only ask that you follow a few guidelines. So yes, California is really in a drought. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, the proportion of the state’s area in severe drought had not significantly changed since a year before, at 98%. Runoff is an important parameter in assessing drought impact severity. California is a big state and impacts vary with location. That’s an increase of 36 percent over the five-year average. Even more distressing is that New Melones Lake may be dry before next fall. Drought impacts are felt first by people most dependent on annual rainfall – such as ranchers using dryland range or rural residents relying on wells in low-yield rock formations. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting July 23, 2014, © Copyright 2020, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Poor infection controls turn deadlier at nursing homes during pandemic, Work for the U.S. Census Bureau?
Farmers in California are heavily dependent on irrigation to grow crops like alfalfa, rice, cotton, and many fruits and vegetables. When you reach out to him or her, you will need the page title, URL, and the date you accessed the resource. Much of the worst hit area is in the Central Valley, where the dominant land use is irrigation-dependent agriculture.

Unfortunately, the scientific skill to predict when droughts will occur – which involves being able to forecast precipitation weeks to months ahead – is currently lacking. A wet pattern brought beneficial moisture to the West this winter.

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The drought killed 102 million trees from 2011 to 2016, with 62 million killed in 2016 alone.

Groundwater is an important source of water for the state in wet years and dry years, accounting for about 40 percent of water used in normal years and up to 60 percent in drought years, according to the California Water Foundation. Some farmers in these areas have invested in lucrative crops that have to be watered year-round or they die.