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Torture orchard: Can science transform California crops to cope with drought?

As you probably know, California is in a massive drought right now, and agricultural producers are struggling to get enough water to sustain their crops. In some cases, they are plowing under the crops or destroying orchards because they don’t have irrigation available to keep them going. This situation is likely to get worse as the climate gets warmer, and some crops may not be able to grow there at all in the future. In anticipation of lower water supplies, scientists in California are working on new and innovative ways to grow crops with less water. This article from CalMatters describes some of the techniques that they are trying out.

The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)