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Yolo County's Ag Production Up Despite Drought

 
Yolo County's Ag Production Up Despite Drought
Posted August 7th, 2014 @ 8:23am by KFBK News - Mary West

Yolo County's agricultural production is up 12 percent because of more acres being planted and more profitable crops.

They also have water, for now.

Yolo County has groundwater and that made for a record year in crop yields for 2013, but Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young says next year will be different. 

"We need it to rain. We need to start getting rainwater in order to not have some severe impact," Young said. 

But Young says the groundwater has been plentiful in Yolo county. 

"We bring in surface water from Clear Lake and Indian Valley Reservoir. We use that water to irrigate our crops with flood and furrow irrigation. In turn, that also recharges our groundwater," he said. 

Young says Yolo County has 50 years of data that shows a stable groundwater supply. 

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