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Drought conditions are causing Western U.S farmers to alter planting plans in big ways — some replacing water-dependent crops altogether. California crop reports are estimating rice acreage number will be down 20% from average due to water restrictions. Cranberry and alfalfa industries are experiencing severe to exceptional drought as well. Typical almond-growing regions have weathered well with business as usual or an increase in production, but some have opted to grow pistachios if they reside in drier areas. Farmers growing vegetables and fruits are also suffering — this has sparked industry leaders and legislaters to discuss groundwater recharge and wastewater recycling strategies. See more drought statistics for the Western region.


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