It looks like something out of a “Mad Max” movie. But this shiny, rolling beast isn’t from the future – it’s the latest in agriculture automation. It’s called the Global Unmanned Spray System, or GUSS for short and it’s being made by Crinklaw Farm Services, a Kingsburg agriculture spray company.
The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to acquire up to 8,863 acre-feet of water for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment which details its proposed action to enter into an amended agreement with Merced Irrigation District for the temporary water acquisition through Aug. 25, 2018. The purpose of the water acquisition is to enhance and maintain wetland habitats for the benefit of migratory waterfowl and wetland-dependent wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley.
Water issues are an important topic in California. To help find solutions to some of the problems surrounding issues of water, San Joaquin County high school students are invited to compete for a $5,000 prize to develop an app at the 3rd annual H2O Hackathon.
Stu Gilman unseated Jake Wenger from the Modesto Irrigation District Board, according to final results from the Nov. 7 election, released late Thursday afternoon. Gilman, a Modesto businessman, had held a slight lead over Wenger in periodic updates since last week, and ended 124 votes ahead of the one-term incumbent farmer.
In a meeting that lasted almost seven hours Wednesday, the San Joaquin River Conservancy Board moved only a little bit toward approving a plan for a key piece of land. The board listened to 55 people during public comment and hours of debate from the dais before unanimously approving the overall environmental report for the River West Open Space Area 14-0.
After one of the wettest winters in state history, and with more rain expected on Wednesday, the drought may seem like a distant memory to many Californians. But in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, where the water shortage was felt most acutely, the recovery has been slow going. [This article is the last in a series of news briefs; please make sure to scroll down.)
A Reedley farmer has a big surprise for kiwi lovers. Jerry Kliewer is the exclusive grower of the largest variety of the fruit you have ever seen. … The fruit is the result of a natural genetic mutation, not genetic engineering.
Electricity customers will not confront higher prices in 2018 in the Modesto or Turlock irrigation districts, budget documents suggest. … The MID board has raised farmers’ water prices several times in recent years for a combined increase of about 70 percent.
This year, the annual bill governing national defense policy almost settled a three-decades-old conflict in California over toxic water draining from farm fields. Lawmakers finished resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the military bill, legislation that addresses troop numbers and overseas operations, on Wednesday.
If this is the first time you’ve heard about River West Fresno, I [Marek Warszawski] suggest reading up. … Here’s the succinct version: Way, way back in 2003, $10 million in state and Packard Foundation money was spent to buy the 508-acre Spano River Ranch west of Highway 41 with the intent of adding it to the San Joaquin River Parkway.
This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.
A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront area only a few miles away.
If 200-year flood protection isn’t secured — or at least a financial and implementation plan in place by July 1, 2016 — development of the Great Wolf Resort and family entertainment zone, The Trails at Manteca, and other residential projects in southwest Manteca won’t take place.