Orchardists concerned because of drought conditions

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted in Local, Posted: Fri, January 24 2014 at 10:29 PM, Updated: Fri, January 24 2014 at 11:18 PM

Talent pear orchardist Ron Meyer is worried about the up and coming crop. That's because there may not be enough water to sustain it.
Meyer said "definitely the ground is dry now and it's rather unusual. Yes we are concerned."
Water levels are extremely low all around Southern Oregon. In the Rogue River Basin it's apparent that mother nature is not cooperating this season. Emigrant Lake is just 25% full, Agate Lake is at a mere 16%. Numbers that weigh on the minds of all of those dependent on water.

"For sure we need the water to grow a commercial crop of pears, there's no question, our livelihoods depend on it," Meyer said.

Meyer says he isn't losing sleep just yet.  But that's because it's still early.

He says "we do need rain and we are wishing for rain."  

Wishes that extend well beyond this orchard, to farms and fields across the west.

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