Water concerns weigh heavily on California growers, survey says

11/11/2013 01:14:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

California irrigation canalVicky BoydFaced with increasingly dry conditions, California growers are having to make tough decisions about upcoming planting plans and irrigation management.

Those are the results of a survey of pest control advisers attending the recent California Association of Pest Control Advisers annual conference in Reno, Nev. The survey was sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection.

Most than 80 percent of respondents said water availability affected some or all of their grower clients this growing season.

The survey ranked water quality, irrigation management and crop yields as top concerns.

When asked how growers will respond to regional water shortages, PCAs predicted:

• Growers will consider alternative crops or new crop production methods;

• Invest more in water-use efficiency;

• Fine-tune irrigation systems; and

• Use integrated pest management to reduce competition for water from pests and weeds.

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