News and views about agriculture and other issues in rural Northern California
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hot, dry conditions diminish rangelands
While it's a boon to some crops, the hot and dry conditions that have lingered over the last week have taken their toll on range and pasture lands. Sun-scorched pastures are a common sight across California, leaving cattle ranchers concerned about their ability to maintain herds with little or no grass available, the California Farm Bureau Federation observes in its latest Food and Farm News. There is a growing concern over diminishing watering holes in the foothills of the Sierras, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Look for my report on the impact of the prolonged summer heat at CapitalPress.com soon.