Sept. 26 2014
The days of "survival of the deepest" farm wells are heading for extinction in California. Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation requiring local water agencies to set up...
Aug. 18 2014
In California's third year of historic drought, the price of water on the open market is being pushed to staggering levels that scream what a bargain farmers have enjoyed forever. It also raises the question...
Aug. 11 2014
It's unfortunate that the picture of an irrigation system shown with the August 4 article "Could city voters dictate farm water use?" illustrates one of the most wasteful ways of irrigating that exists....
Aug. 4 2014
It's sadly ironic to say that public frustration with California's epic drought is a fluid situation. Mandatory water use cutbacks, brown lawns, "water cops" who fine violators, rapidly drying reservoirs...
July 7 2014
A third year of drought with no end in sight, household wells going dry, and suburban water shortages are turning public sentiment against farmers in the country's biggest agricultural state. Hot and dry...
June 30 2014
"There is no doubt the California drought is adding cost to buying feed," Robert Chesler told those attending the 11th annual INTL FCStone Dairy Outlook Conference. "However, first-cutting alfalfa had...
June 2 2014
Less food, less jobs and $1.7 billion in agricultural losses are preliminary projections of the damage that will be done by the epic ongoing drought in the nation's largest agricultural state, according...
June 2 2014
When water stops flowing, disaster ensues. Seven states, all with major agricultural sectors, are running out of water. Three of these, California, Texas and New Mexico, are top 10 milk production states....
May 9 2014
When it rained, it didn't pour in California last year. As a result, the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) has officially declared 2013 the driest year since records began being kept in 1895
May 5 2014
I won't be Chicken Little and shout, "the sky is falling!" but California's agricultural horizon is definitely a long way from being filled with sunshine and butterflies
April 28 2014
Results have been announced for an auction held recently in Bakersfield, Calif., for surplus water supplies held by a small water district. The average price per acre-foot was eye-opening, and could affect...
April 25 2014
Facing mounting resource pressure, can California dairymen rise to the challenge, or will they continue to disappear? Kansas already requires dairies that pump more than 15 acre-feet of water to put meters...
March 24 2014
With spring approaching, runoff concerns come to mind for many dairy farmers around the country. Managing or redirecting the water that could run to or through manure storage facilities and confined animal...
Feb. 14 2014
Maybe it was the inch or so of rain that had fallen during the previous several days, or maybe the perpetual optimism that goes with being a farmer of any kind. Either way, there was no panic about the...
Feb. 10 2014
Fresh, available drinking water is essential for healthy, high-producing dairy cows. A 1,500-pound lactating dairy cow consumes approximately 25 to 35 gallons of water per day. Drinking water meets 80...
Jan. 6 2014
Environmental alarm bells are ringing loudly in New Zealand and its growing dairy cow population is at the front of mounting public awareness about the potential of water pollution
Dec. 2 2013
Sunny California has never seen anything like 2013. According to statistics from the National Weather Service, nothing short of a Noah-like deluge this month will keep the Golden State from having its...
May 28 2013
A field study done by Penn State Extension suggests water quality may be linked to dairy herd milk production. Penn State Extension recently completed a field study of water quality on Pennsylvania dairy...
March 12 2013
This week, March 10 to 16, is recognized as National Groundwater Awareness week. Groundwater is one of our most valuable resources, needed by people, animals and crops every day
Oct. 18 2012
Water, according to David Beede, with the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University, is the most essential nutrient for cows