Farmers across the country are bracing for the possibility of a water shortage due to drought conditions, as more than two-thirds of the country’s farmland is in arid conditions.
According to data from the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the US, the country has suffered from two consecutive droughts that have forced farmers to make hard choices about when to harvest their crops.
In fact, in just one of the four years since 2014, farmers have made more than 300,000 water withdrawals from the land.
The United States is home to some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and it’s hard to overstate just how much of the nation is being affected by this drought.
A drought that affects more than half of the US’s farmland could result in a drop in crop yields and farmers could have to make more than $1,500 per acre, according to a report published by the US Department of the Interior (USDOI) in September.
The drought is being caused by a combination of climate change, soil erosion, and the El Niño weather phenomenon that is affecting Pacific Ocean waters.
It also impacts agriculture in several other countries around the world.
In the US alone, there are currently 7.7 million acres of agricultural land that has been impacted by the drought, according the USDOI.
The US has more than 3.3 million acres, which is about 40% of all farmland in America.
In California, which has the most agricultural land in the country, the situation is worse.
In August, California’s drought caused the total amount of agricultural farmland to drop to less than 3% of its current size.
This year, the California Department of Water Resources has warned that there are no immediate plans for any drought relief, according The Associated Press.
It’s possible that the drought could last for several more months.
California has a long history of drought, and this drought is especially bad for agriculture, according Toppler, the University of Arizona agricultural economist.
“It’s a very long-term problem,” Topplers said.
“We’re really not seeing any immediate signs of it coming to an end.
We’ll see what the weather patterns are in a few months.”
The California Department also said that there’s no immediate relief plan in place for the state.
But the drought will not be forgotten, and Californians can expect to see some farmers, and their businesses, impacted.
The Department of Interior is asking farmers to take the time to think about how they can prepare for a potential water shortage.
“When you’re farming, the water you have to use is limited and you can’t get water from aquifers,” Toppsler said.
“If you need water for irrigation, you’re going to have to have a backup plan in the event of a drought.”