Floribusiness Breeding PLUS: Water management in Californian flower farms

    PLUS: Water management in Californian flower farms

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    Drought, then deluge, is a pattern with a long history in California—one that is certain to get even more extreme in coming years. Flower farmers in the state are already using some of the most sophisticated water-management techniques in the world. They will need to keep raising the bar. 

    From 2011 to 2017, California suffered a record-breaking drought. The state’s flower farmers— who produce three-quarters of all the cut flowers grown in the U.S.—were among those challenged to scrutinize their water-management practices. Many are clustered along the central coast, where the effects of drought were especially severe. Read more…*

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