Farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley are abandoning their fields due to drought that resulted in water allotments cut by a third. Farmers in this region, reportedly the most productive agricultural region globally, grow 250 different crops on 17% of the irrigated land in the United States.
As of October 12, 2021, 100% of the state is in some form of drought, with 93% in Severe to Exceptional drought conditions, 87% in Extreme to Exceptional, and 45% in Exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.
"Our water supply has gotten even more limited. It's become less reliable and less predictable," said Joe Del Bosque, owner of Del Bosque Farms.1
Del Bosque said the drought, described by officials as megadrought, has forced him to change what he grows and how he operates his farm.
"We've always known that a lack of water is a potential hardship for our farm. But to get to the point where it completely stops the farm — we never thought that would happen," said Del Bosque.
1 Megadrought forcing farmers to abandon fields - WTVR
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