Weather Impacts Crops

Weather Impacts Crops


HAND SIDE THERE. TIME NOW 6:54 AM ON THIS FRIDAY MORNING. RECENT — ISSUES FOR FARMERS, HOW THE WET WEATHER IMPACTED THE VALLEY. Reporter: CAN GRIEF, YES GRIEF WITH A CAPITAL G FOR THESE POOR FARMERS . MY GOODNESS. I WENT THROUGH EVERY SINGLE LAD, — ADVERTISEMENT OF EVERY MALE IT — MAJOR RETAIL SUPERMARKET IN THE AREA AND NOT ONE WATERMELON WAS ON ANY HAD IN ANY RETAIL. THAT’S AMAZING. I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT IN 30 YEARS. 1985 WAS THE FIRST TIME I DID NOT SEE WATERMELON ON ANY ADVERTISEMENT IN A RETAIL STORE AND 1985 — WHAT HAPPENED WAS A WEEK BEFORE JULY 4, THEY HAD A CHEMICAL FOUND ON A CROP IN BAKERSFIELD AND USDA AND CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SHOT — SHUT DOWN EVERY WATERMELON HARVEST IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SO THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME BUT MAN JUST LOOK OUT HERE — WE ARE AT GARDEN HIGHWAY. IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE TREES RIGHT THERE, THAT IS THE SACRAMENT A RIVER RIGHT THERE. IF YOU LOOK TO YOUR LEFT JUST A LITTLE BIT, YOU WILL FIND A FIELD THAT WILL BE FALLOW. NOTHING PLANTED IN THAT FIELD. TURNING A LITTLE BIT MORE TO YOUR LEFT YOU WILL SEE THAT FIELD TEAR LEFT THAT I WAS IN. — FIELD TO YOUR LEFT — THAT SHOULD ALL BE PLANTED. YOU WOULD SEE THIS CORN BEING GROWN RIGHT HERE AND DO YOU NOTICE HOW BROWN IT IS? THAT BROWN IS FROM SALT SEEPAGE BECAUSE THE SACRAMENTO RIVER WAS SO HIGH FOR SO LONG THAT IT PUSHED THE SALT BACK UP INTO THIS GROUND, AND THAT IS ALL SALT DAMAGE TO THAT CORN. HOLE, TOLEDO. MOTHER NATURE — FRANK PERRY, YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH MOTHER NATURE FOR ALL OF THESE YEARS, RIGHT? YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. SO FRANK PERRY YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS HAVE BEEN FARMING OUT HERE IN GARDEN HIGHWAY FOR HOW LONG? SINCE THE 50s. SINCE THE 1950s. HIS DAD JACK PERRY USED TO FARM ALONG RICHARDS BOULEVARD? YES. 50 YEARS AGO YOU WERE IN VIETNAM FLYING A HELICOPTER. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF WHAT KIND OF — CREW CHIEF ON A HELICOPTER. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SERVING. HE CAME BACK HERE AND STARTED FARMING WITH HIS FAMILY, BROTHERS AND SISTER AND HOW MANY ACRES DO YOU HAVE OUT HERE? WE FARM ABOUT 800 OR 900 ACRES ALTOGETHER. Reporter: WOW. AND EVERYBODY LOOKS FOR PERRY’S CORN AND WATERMELON FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY, AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY SO NEXT HOUR, I WILL SHOW YOU. YOU WILL BE ABSOLUTELY AMAZED WHEN I SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT ALL OF THE RAIN HAS DONE TO HIS CORN AND HIS WATERMELON COMING UP. FRANK, THANKS SO MUCH.

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