Introduction:The U.S. Climate Prediction Center claims that the western drought will last another three to five years, and this means reduced crops to sell to the rest of the United States.
Southern California is the capital of fruit growing and strawberry supplies will be limited this year due to the lack of water. Expect shortages and smaller berries.
Wineries will feel the pinch from shortages from northern California vineyards parched from the lack of water. The hot air and the lack of the normal fog cover has allowed vines to die.
Lettuce is a major crop for central and southern California, but the leaves need a light weather cover in the morning and modern sunshine. The high, dry temperatures also mean smaller heads and less supply due the costs of keeping the plants watered.
Orange trees have a range of acceptable temperatures. Too cold and the flower buds die, too hot and the oranges become stunted. Hot weather means dry and small production.
Early rains left the Bread Basket States looking at record harvests, but the drought hit mid season and stunted the growth. Texas and other states in the American Southwest had deep drought that left growing corn and wheat an impossibility in 2013.
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