Past droughts prepped Corning fig grower

Jun 17, 2015 1:02 PM

Produce growers up and down the state are struggling with drought related problems on a daily basis. One fig grower from Corning says the last few droughts have prepped him for this years worsening drought.

The owner of Maywood Farms of Corning, Robert Steinacher, grows figs that are sent around the world. He says the last two droughts over the last 30 years have forced him to install two 500 foot wells. His water levels have dropped 12 feet over the last three years, and he says he knows they will go lower.

"All the new plantings that are going in around us they are going deeper than we have and that really concerns me."

Steinacher says the dry and hot weather has caused a shifted when harvest season begins in the past, he says he expects the same this year.


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