CA’s flower crop, which is the worst in the nation, is still hurting
By KATIE KARASZUKA SAN FRANCISCO — The state’s bloom is not as good as it used to be.
The last time California was hit so badly by the bloom was in 2013, when the number of blooms in the state hit a record high.
Since then, the state has been hit with another bloom, and this time the total is just under a foot.
The worst-hit areas in the U.S. are in California, Arizona and New Mexico, and the number is expected to increase.
A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that California is one of just three states that have suffered more than 10 years of serious drought, a drought that has forced farmers to take drastic measures.
The state is also one of the most dependent on the federal government’s water supply, which has been cut off for three consecutive years.
The U.N. and other experts have warned of a looming water crisis, with farmers and cities grappling with water shortages and a sharp decline in crop yields.
The National Climate Assessment issued last week warned of the state’s impending water crisis.
“The impacts of climate change are already beginning to affect water use in California,” said John D. Hart, director of the climate program at the Natural Resource Defense Council.
“Water scarcity is now becoming a reality.”
The drought was exacerbated by the state moving to a policy that is forcing farmers to irrigate fields that are no longer productive.
The practice is called “grazing” and requires farmers to move crops outside their traditional cropland to maximize yield, which means they have to reduce the amount of water that they use to irrigates fields.
As a result, the area of land that the crop can be irrigated is shrinking.
That means the state is running out of water for irrigation and has to use up more water, said Eric Johnson, an agronomist at UC Davis.
That makes farmers’ yields plummet, and that is causing farmers to lose money.
The drought is now hurting California’s economy, Johnson said.
“California is one state that can do nothing but get worse,” Johnson said in an interview.
In recent months, Johnson has been working to help farmers in the drought-hit region.
He has organized a farmers market in the Sacramento area and is encouraging farmers to plant more trees to reduce water use.
“We can’t grow more trees because that’s just going to be a drag on our economy,” Johnson told the Sacramento Bee.
Johnson said the growing population and increased demand for irrigation will also cause more farmers to relocate.
“In some places we have more water and in some places less,” he said.
California is already seeing a severe drop in rainfall, but the drought is hitting the agricultural sector harder.
The number of drought-related deaths has reached record levels.
In May, the year before the drought started, there were 578 deaths and 623 people were killed.
This year, there are 556 deaths and 1,070 people are dead.
The numbers show that the drought has already caused farmers to give up on crops, Johnson told NBC News.
The average yield for corn in California has fallen by 20 percent this year, while soybean has fallen from 5 percent to 1.5 percent, Johnson noted.
“They are not just losing money, they are losing their ability to grow their crops,” Johnson added.
California’s population has been growing at a slower pace than it was before the California drought.
The county has lost a staggering 5.7 million people since 1980, according to the California Department of Finance.
Johnson believes the drought may be contributing to the state economic problems.
“There’s no question that we’re going to have a big economic impact, because we’re losing so much land,” Johnson explained.
“But that doesn’t mean we should be focusing on agriculture as the primary reason for it.”
The California Drought Update is produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the California Center for Investigative Reporting.