Livestock ranchers are feeling it first, but farmers across California say continued dry weather will soon force them to make difficult choices. Dried-out pastures mean cattle and sheep ranchers must find other feed for their animals, or consider selling them before they reach market weight. Farmers who expect water shortages say they’re deciding what crops not to plant in order to save water for other crops, such as trees and vines.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Dry winter leads to hard choices for farmers, too
Ranchers aren't the only ones who will be facing some tough decisions in the next few weeks because of the dry winter. From the California Farm Bureau Federation: