California's crop harvest much smaller than usual

Sep 28, 2014 4:04 PM

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops, from grapes to almonds, are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

The Sacramento Bee ( ) reports that the water shortage has led to shrinking rice, orange and pistachio crops as well. Farmers are expected to feel the effect as an estimated 420,000 acres of farmland, or about 5 percent of the state's total, has gone unplanted this year.

Also, economists at the University of California, Davis, say that agriculture, once a $44 billion annual business in California, will suffer revenue losses and higher water costs totaling about $2.2 billion this year.

Mike Wade of the California Farm Water Coalition, a Sacramento-based advocacy group, says another dry year is not going to be good.


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