On March 31, the Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska hosted a seminar that drew great interest among university faculty, staff and students wishing to know more about California’s enormous water deficit and how it is affecting the state’s agriculture sector.
“Drought in California: Impacts on Irrigated Agriculture,” was presented by visiting researcher Richard L. Snyder, biometeorology specialist emeritus, Cooperative Extension System, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. The seminar was held at Hardin Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus.
Snyder discussed California’s water supply and demand issues, long-term precipitation trends and water-related implications to agriculture. He also addressed how adopting scientifically-based irrigation management and more efficient irrigation system management, as well as cropping patterns and changes in irrigation methods, have impacted the drought. Lastly, he touched on efforts by the state and universities to help farmers adapt to the drought.
Watch Synder’s full presentation on our YouTube channel.