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Butte County farmers struggling to keep their crops midst drought

One farmer shared how he is doing his best to get by during the drought.

Posted: Aug 17, 2021 9:00 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2021 9:03 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A walnut farmer said right now he is doing OK but says this could change in the near future.

“If we don’t get rain or snow next year, you never know what is going to happen,” Butte County walnut farmer, Blain Moffitt said. “It is definitely a big concern and in the back of our minds.”

Moffitt developed his passion for farming when he was a little boy. He remembers helping his dad with the farm.

Now at almost 35 years old, he is doing all he can to keep his crops thriving.

“We always take the concern to make sure that we don’t over irrigate and create a problem,” Moffitt said.

To put it into perspective, it takes five gallons of water to grow one single walnut.

“We have new styles of irrigation like sprinkle irrigation that were dialed in to know how many inches of water that were put on in an 18 hour period,” Moffitt said.

Moffitt said he is doing fine for now but next year could be different.

“With what is going on with the droughts and the no water and no rain, it is definitely a concern that we have,” Moffitt said. “We might not have water next year, we don't know what is going to happen

He said he irrigates when the trees need it. Other farmers water month to month. He said it really depends on where you are, what your water supply is and what your trees need.

Right now, 50 counties across the state are under a drought state of emergency

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