Generally, Humberto Castañeda Produce cultivates heirloom tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelons, and other crops on its farm of around 180 acres outside of Santa Rosa. But this year, Humberto Castañeda and his son, Gabriel, are planning to plant only 17 acres after getting a portion of their standard allotment of water.
The Castañedas, Sonoma County’s largest vegetable planters, are amongst the uncountable Farmers across the state who are taking extreme measures to deal with the drought and shortage of water, either because they are not receiving their normal irrigation allotments of water or because the ponds they generally rely upon are going to dry up in the second year of California’s drought.
Almond cultivators are taking still-productive trees out of the earth in huge numbers, and a Fresno County vegetable farmer made on the local TV news after discing under rows of green edible asparagus that he could not irrigate eventually.
Dairy Farmers, on the other hand, are also trucking in water for their cows, and cattle. At this time, California is facing one of its worst droughts in decades. The state of California assigns a particular amount of water to Farmers on the basis of their supremacy and their need.
But say that the water needs of cities along with the environmental limitations are reducing agricultural access.Farmers are already being forced to make tough choices, and they are taking up drastic measures in order to save and conserve water for using it solely on priority crops.