SLO County farmers got creative to survive this drought. Are they ready for the next one?

Woolley estimates that, by the end of this year, the herd will be back to predrought numbers.
Lucas Pope is vineyard manager at Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles.
Most of the time, the foliage grows back, but stumping interrupts a tree’s fruit production for two to four years.
If normal rainfall continues next season, he said, he may replant 20 to 40 acres of trees.
“The rain did not come as hoped, but the timing of the rain that did fall was perfect,” she said.
Yields last year inched up about 5 percent over the previous year.
“Because we replanted, grafted and pruned last year, we are in a very good position this year,” she said.
Photos by Joe Johnston “In total, we are able to supply about half of our irrigation water from these two systems,” he said.
Joe Johnston About 40 acres of Hass avocados planted on the windswept hilltop at Morro Ranch had to be let go because there wasn’t enough water during the drought.
Joe Johnston Will Woolley of Templeton Hills Beef walks among the green grasses of the ranch.

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