Tag Archives: drought

California snowpack survey finds only 59% of average moisture

DWR snowpack survey

The Department of Water Resources conducted the fourth snow survey at the Phillips Station snow course April 1. The manual survey recorded 49.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 83% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a key ... Read More »

California experiences 5th straight month below average precipitation

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The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted the third manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station west of Lake Tahoe. The manual survey recorded 56 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 86% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the ... Read More »

Bureau forecasts reduced water deliveries to Northern California

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Based on  below-average statewide snowpack, the Bureau of Reclamation recently announced reduced water allocations for nearly all Central Valley Project water contractors. Deliveries could change depending on precipitation received during the next few months, said Ernest Conant, Reclamation regional director. The California Department of Water Resources reports that as of Feb. 21, statewide average snow water content in the Sierra ... Read More »

Late December storms weren’t enough to offset California’s dry fall

2021 California snow survey

The California Department of Water Resources conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of the season Dec. 30. The manual survey recorded 30.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 10.5 inches, which is 93% of the Jan. 1 average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and ... Read More »

Logistics, water supplies affect California rice planting

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• By Ching Lee • Ideal planting conditions should have allowed rice farmers throughout the Sacramento Valley plenty of time to prepare and seed their fields this spring, But short supplies of a liquid fertilizer have slowed their progress, leaving some of them scrambling to make last-minute adjustments. Most rice farmers use aqua-ammonia, a key source of nitrogen for their ... Read More »

Researchers use buried drip irrigation to winnow out drought-tolerant genetics

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Like people, some plants handle stress better than others. Now, in a recent issue of Agronomy, a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists report their identification of U.S. rice varieties with the right “genetic” stuff for coping with reduced water use. Their efforts dovetail with a trend toward water-saving measures that some growers are implementing in not ... Read More »

How to manage rice with a limited water supply

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• By Bruce Linquist • In the past few weeks, we have been getting updates from someNorthern California irrigation districts that water allocations have been reduced in some areas. We have provided some information in past years that will still be relevant this year. During drought years, water deliveries are often restricted. If that is the case, then “what is ... Read More »

California’s snowpack measures only about half of average

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Despite storms that dumped several inches of snow on the Sierra Nevada over March, California’s snowpack only remains slightly more than half of average. That’s important because it supplies about 30% of California’s annual water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer. The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted its fourth manual snow survey of 2020 ... Read More »

Arcadia’s rice with stacked traits shined under adverse conditions

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Davis, California-based Arcadia Biosciences has found significant yield increases with three of its proprietary input traits stacked together, according to research results from the past two seasons. In the trials at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, multiple rice lines carrying the nitrogen use efficiency, water use efficiency and salinity tolerance traits outperformed controls an average of 25 ... Read More »