• Ground water pumping into irrigation canals begins
• Lettuce crop may not happen
Westlands Water District, which covers a vast expanse of the west
side of the Central Valley in Fresno and Kings counties, has been
given permission to pump a small amount of ground water into
However, the additional one-tenth of an acre-foot isn't expected
to have a big impact on crop production. Approximately 10,000
acres of cotton and several thousand additional acres of tomatoes
have been abandoned in the district so far this summer.
The new water will help keep permanent crops alive, the district
The normal hot weather is destroying unwatered plants.
Huron-area farmers in Fresno County have abandoned plans to plant
lettuce and other vegetables for this fall because they will not
have enough water to produce a crop.
Typically, the Huron area provides the nation's vegetable supply
between harvest in Salinas on the Central Coast and the Imperial
Valley along the Mexican border.
It isn't clear which of the remaining regions could provide
vegetables in November.
Prices for some fresh vegetables may go up because of shorter than
normal supplies. Farmers in Michigan say too much rain has damaged
their celery crop and vegetable growers in other Midwest states
report similar problems.
The flooding in Iowa and Missouri has destroyed as much as five
million acres of newly planted crops. This includes about 20
percent of Iowa’s soybean crop.