Thursday, January 12, 2017

CFBF: Storms flood farmland but cause little damage


From the California Farm Bureau Federation's Food and Farm News:
Heavy rains have flooded some Northern California vineyards, orchards and other farmland, but farmers say damage so far appears to be relatively small. Once the series of storms has ended, farmers say they’ll be better able to assess the full impact. Because deciduous trees and grapevines are dormant at this time of year, they can withstand short-term flooding. In fact, researchers continue to study intentional flooding of orchards to help replenish groundwater.
In the photo, courtesy of Napa County grower Tom Gamble for AgAlert, his dog Koa wades through floodwaters Jan. 9 at one of Gamble Family Vineyards’ properties between Yountville and Oakville.

Here is my story on the storms from earlier this week. For regular weather updates, check here and at CapitalPress.com.

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