24 Jul '15, 10pm

drylandsca: When drought isn’t a farmer’s biggest worryText and...: Jackie Segoviano tosses br... #BreakingNews

When drought isn’t a farmer’s biggest worry Text and photos by Robert Gauthier Five young men wrapped against the cool, damp, predawn air file into the orchard, empty sacks hanging at their sides. Ripe pears dangle in thickets of trees, lined up row after row over this 300-acre plot abutting the Steamboat Slough on the Sacramento River. There’s no sign of the drought on this day in the California Delta. The air is clean, the fruit is ripe. But the levee is holding back water that is growing too salty for farming as fresh water is diverted. […] Jackie Segoviano tosses bruised fruit into the “juice bin.” On the other side of the orchard stands Mike Neuharth, 31, the sixth generation of Neuharths to run the farm since 1848. […] Like any farmer, Neuharth is concerned about water. “It’s awesome to get water, but we need to store it,” he says. “You can get all the rain on the pl...

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