California drought wipes out asparagus crop

Jun 3, 2015 12:48 PM by News Staff

California's drought is so severe some farmers are being forced to plow failed crops under.

One 70 acre field in Fresno County would have produced more than 300,000 pounds of asparagus, but instead it was destroyed Tuesday morning.

"We don't have enough water to carry it from here on," farmer Joe Del Bosque said.

"It's terrible because it's an economic loss for me but beyond that, it's gonna be a loss of jobs. It takes about 20 people to harvest this for two months," Del Bosque added.

Only a little over a year ago he felt excited and optimistic as he walked through his fields with President Barack Obama, showing him first hand the impact the lack of water has on California's agriculture industry.

Read more from KNVN affiliate KSEE here.


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