Growers aren't optimistic about the forecasted storm

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Growers aren't optimistic the forecasted storm expected to drench to Northern California will have a long term impact here in the Valley. (KFSN)

Growers aren't optimistic the forecasted storm expected to drench to Northern California will have a long term impact here in the Valley.

The latest drought monitor map shows 40% of our state is in exceptional drought. Only about a year ago, a tenth of the state was in the same condition. Fresno County Farm Bureau's Ryan Jacobsen said the ag industry is bracing for a smaller harvest if we don't get more snow in the Sierra.

"Especially on the almond side this last year we saw some suffrage because nuts were shorted water and when nuts are shorted water, you have a very small crop and usually that fruit you can harvest is of smaller quality," said Jacobsen.

California State Park rangers said at this time three years ago, Millerton Lake was at 50% of capacity. Now the lake is at 35% of normal.



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