Sometimes there’s no solution for not enough rain, says UC Davis

With a drought currently running through the Sierra Nevada, it is not only the state of California that feels the effects from a lack of water. Farmers in Northern Nevada are suffering from this water shortage. Without the water, farmers won’t be able to produce their hay, which in turn will make the farmers ship in expensive feed or downsize their herds. UC Davis rangeland watershed specialist Ken Tate has been working with cattle ranchers of California to help irrigate more efficiently and improve the management of their vegetation, but with all this work, he realizes that there is only so much they can do. “There are not scientific answers to some of these problems,” he said in a recent interview with National Public Radio. “Sometimes there’s no solution for not enough rain.”

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