SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- Certain parts of the central coast are getting a lot of rainfall, and any kind of rain is good for agriculture. "The rainfall hasn't been significant yet but it's been enough to give us a nice steady rain to help the soil and help the crops that we have in the ground right now," said Dan Sutton of Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange.
Farm advisor Mark Gaskell said the rain is helping wash away the build up of salt from summer irrigation. "Normal rainfall is important to leach salts out of the root zone because salts can eventually accumulate and be damaging to the crops," said Dr. Mark Gaskell, a Farm Advisor. In the southern part of the central coast, San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County is seeing below average rainfall, only 60-70 percent of normal rainfall totals since July 1st.
However, the northern part of the central coast, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties are seeing above average rainfall, over 120 percent of normal. The good news for growers, if you get enough rain, the water sticks around.
"We don't have to irrigate as much, so we are not drawing from the water in our aquifers, we are not running our pumps, we are not running out wells so we are using mother nature to help us do what we would normally do," said Sutton. All parts of the central coast are expecting some rain this weekend.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:15:59 GMT
LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Fire Department held its lottery on Friday morning for local groups to sell "safe and sane" fireworks for its upcoming Fourth of July celebration. Fire officials held a blindMore >>
LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Fire Department held its lottery on Friday morning for local groups to sell "safe and sane" fireworks for its upcoming Fourth of July celebration.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:26 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:26:42 GMT
LOMPOC, Calif. - Lompoc City Fire Department is bringing on six new firefighters thanks to a $ 1.5 million grant that works out to about $500,000 a year. "So the six new firefighters that we are swearing-inMore >>
$1.5 million grant used to hire six new firefighters and promote from within.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:24 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:24:06 GMT
LOMPOC, Calif. - Jack Rodenhi has been a CPA and tax accountant in Lompoc for more than 30 years. He says 501(c )4 charitable organizations are required to be involved in social welfare activities onlyMore >>
Century-old non-profit tax exemption at heart of IRS debate and scandal in Washington D.C.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:18:33 GMT
PISMO BEACH, Calif. - Pismo Beach Police confirm that a missing at-risk man from Lompoc has been found after a good samaritan saw his photo in the news. Pismo Beach Police say 24-year-old Blake LewoltMore >>
PISMO BEACH, Calif. - Pismo Beach Police confirm that a missing at-risk man from Lompoc has been found after a good samaritan saw his photo in the news.More >>