Valley farmers optimistic after promising rain and snow totals


Farmers are less anxious that normal about the Sierra snowpack so far this year. 

Josh Pasch with the Department of Water Resources says we are very close to average from reading of this month’s snow survey. 

“We’ve have really wet years recently and we have had some really dry years,” says Pasch. “So, it is comforting to kind of have an average year.”

As of right now we are at 75% of April’s snowpack average. Which is the most important survey of the year when it comes to determining water allocations for the valley. 

Ryan Jacobsen with the Fresno County Farm Bureau says these numbers are just fantastic. 

“We had those early results coming in right now showing we are just below average,” says Jacobsen. “Which is fantastic for where we were going back a month ago.”

The snow pack is also good news for one of the valley’s biggest money crops, pistachios. 

Richard Matoian is the Executive Director for American Pistachio Growers. He says overall pistachio crops have been increasing over the years.

“We have seen this increase in the number of acres both planted and the number of acres coming into production,” says Matoian. 

Matoian along with other valley farmers are optimistic that this year we might be over average in regards to the snowpack survey. 

“Hopefully over the next few days and the next few weeks the storms that are coming through suggest that we are going to have a lot more and hopefully that will really raise the numbers,” says Matoian. 

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