AG Watch

March 8th AM Live Ag Report

Thursday, March 08, 2012

California is experiencing the driest start of a crop year on record.

Farmers throughout the state are dealing with little soil moisture. On top of that, farmers are also facing a drastic reduction in water deliveries.

The dry winter is forcing farmers to re-think how they manage their crop during the hot summer months coming up. Some farmers say the weather has become such a big problem, that it's caused them to lose some of their newly planted crops.

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The pain at the pump is also affecting farmers in the field.

The price of diesel fuel used in many farm activities has increased to nearly four and a half dollars. Those activities can range from field preparation, planting and harvest, to delivery.

The price California farmers pay for farm-use diesel is significantly higher than the national average. Some farmers anticipate consumers will soon be affected once costs are absorbed at the retail level.

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