Friday, April 18, 2014. Many local water district water managers announced that our local water supply lakes are at or will be at or below 25 percent capacity by the end of April without large strong storm rains falling in our lakes water shed.
25 percent capacity lake water levels is the magic number that triggers ‘mandatory’ stage 5 water conservation measures.
What does stage 5 water ration really mean? First for gardeners that means No outdoor water usage. No lawn or garden watering. No filling or refilling of swimming pools, kids pools, water fountains or fish ponds. No at home car washing. No Outdoor Water Usage!
First time offenders are subject to large fines. 2nd time offenders may have their water supply disconnected and additional fines.
Farmers that planted winter wheat back in September 2013 have what should be knee high wheat nearing harvest time is only 3 or 4 inches tall and quickly dieing from lack of rain fall.
Stage 5 water rationing has forced me to reconsider what if anything I will plant in my tiny garden this year. I like my farming neighbors in the West and Southwest U.S. may be forced to abandon planting this years crop of cereal grain or vegetable crops.
As our dry spell continues, record numbers of feeder and market ready cows are being seen at local livestock auction barns as ranchers trying to keep only a few of their best cows and heifers to be used in rebuilding their herds when this drought comes to an end.
Beef in supermarkets is at a 27 year high averaging near $6.00 dollars a pound. The same report noted that the total cattle herd in the U.S., the largest beef producer in the world, is at a 63-year low.
It will take ranchers 3 to 5 years after this drought ends to rebuild their herds before we will see any ‘real’ drop in supermarket beef prices.
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